Homesteading

Homesteaders: How To Do It All

Homesteaders: How To Do It All

I often get asked how in the world I can do “all the things” I do on a daily basis. After all, I run a farm, homeschool my kids, and work as an author. So I thought I’d write up a lil’ something to let […]

Urban Homesteading: What I Really Think

Urban Homesteading: What I Really Think

An acquaintance once asked what I thought about urban homesteading. “I mean, come on,” she said. “Urban homesteading?” The term rolled off her tongue with sarcasm and judgement. She’d grown up on a farm—like her parents and grandparents—and then she’d gone and married a farmer. […]

The Most Important Homesteading Skill You Need…

The Most Important Homesteading Skill You Need…

When people think about successful homesteaders, they often think of folks who can raise chickens or grow beautiful gardens. Or maybe people who can skillfully butcher their own pig or make noodles from scratch. And while these are great skills to have, there is one […]

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 Round Pen for Next to Nothing

How to Build a Round Pen for Next to Nothing

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 […]