Homesteading

Chicken Butchering Set Up: 7 Things You Need

Chicken Butchering Set Up: 7 Things You Need

Chicken butchering day is quite an event here at Clucky Dickens Farm. When we butcher, it’s usually no less than 50 birds at a time. I’d like to share with you the open air chicken butchering set up that we’ve come to use after several […]

The Best Tips for Incubating and Hatching Pheasant Chicks

The Best Tips for Incubating and Hatching Pheasant Chicks

Since we raise pheasants here at Clucky Dickens Farm, we are often asked about our experience. We get a lot of questions having to do with the actual incubating and hatching of the pheasant chicks themselves. Here are a few of the things I’m asked […]

Death: It’s Part of Life on the Homestead

Death: It’s Part of Life on the Homestead

Death. It’s that very real part of homesteading that no one really likes to talk about much. Dealing with animal death on the homestead is a touchy subject, but it’s one that really can’t be ignored. If you have animals on your homestead, you will, at […]

Homesteading Challenges: The 3 Biggest You’ll Face

Homesteading Challenges: The 3 Biggest You’ll Face

Life as a homesteader is awesome and rewarding and I wouldn’t want to live any other way, but let’s have an honest conversation about the biggest homesteading challenges you will face when you  decide to live this life. Here are the three most common… Homesteading […]

How to Build a $50 Round Pen

How to Build a $50 Round Pen

Note: We haven’t had horses at Clucky Dickens Farm for a few years. Because of that, I had taken this post off my site. But since nothing actually ever leaves the internet, I often get emails from folks asking where the article is. Pinterest and backlinks from […]

When You Get the Homestead Life You Wanted

When You Get the Homestead Life You Wanted

Homesteading wasn’t always the life I wanted. But at some point after entering adulthood (and meeting a really tall guy who swept me off my feet) I started to crave a simple, self-reliant homestead life. I wanted early mornings in a big red barn. I […]

How to Name Your Homestead

How to Name Your Homestead

One of the most interesting things about a homestead is hearing how its name was chosen. Are you wondering how to name your homestead? Are you having trouble coming up with just the right name? Let me share with you the story of how our […]

Slow Hatch: Don’t Turn Off the Incubator Just Yet

Slow Hatch: Don’t Turn Off the Incubator Just Yet

Let me tell you the story about the time we had a r-e-a-l-l-y slow hatch. It might calm your nerves about your eggs that don’t hatch on the exact day they’re “supposed to”. Towards the end of one particular April, we set up two incubators. […]

The Truth About Homesteading: 7 Things to Know Before You Start

The Truth About Homesteading: 7 Things to Know Before You Start

So. You want to be a homesteader. You want the gardens and the chickens and the whole nine yards. I completely understand! There are a gazillion reasons that people want to get into homesteading. But hold up one second while I share the truth about […]

For the love (and butchering) of animals

For the love (and butchering) of animals

Around butchering time, I usually find myself in this conversation: Someone: You seem to really love and care for your animals. Me: I do. Someone: And you can still…butcher them? Me: I can. Someone: How? I’m not sure what it is about human nature, but […]