Tag: Poultry

It’s Perfectly Okay If You Don’t Free Range Your Chickens

It’s Perfectly Okay If You Don’t Free Range Your Chickens

Friends, I’m going to be bold and give you my opinion about something chicken-ish. Ready? Here goes: I think it’s perfectly okay if you don’t free range your chickens. (Don’t want to read all the words? This blog post is also a podcast—just press the […]

Keeping a Rooster? Tips You’ll Need

Keeping a Rooster? Tips You’ll Need

A hen is a delightful feathered friend who will provide you with both eggs and entertainment. But in deciding to bring hens to your farm, you also need to decide if you will keep a rooster as well. Do you actually need a rooster? What […]

Cornish Cross vs. Red Rangers: Our Meat Bird Experiment

Cornish Cross vs. Red Rangers: Our Meat Bird Experiment

After several years of raising Cornish Cross chickens as our meat birds, we decided it was time to compare them to another meat bird we’d been hearing a lot about: Red Rangers. So we did an experiment. I bet you’re here because you want to […]

Raising Pheasants: 5 Things I Didn’t Know

Raising Pheasants: 5 Things I Didn’t Know

My husband has always wanted to raise pheasants. Since we are usually game to try anything once, we started our research, prepared their space, and ordered some pheasant chicks. But there were many things I didn’t know before raising pheasants that were made abundantly clear […]

Help! Can I Open The Incubator During Lockdown?

Help! Can I Open The Incubator During Lockdown?

How exciting! You’ve got eggs set to hatch in a few days and you’re very (im)patiently waiting. Lockdown has hit…and now, for some reason—oh no!—you need to open the incubator! But what are you to do? All the books and blogs and forums have told […]

We Don’t Use Chick Starter: Three Reasons Why

We Don’t Use Chick Starter: Three Reasons Why

In true rebel farm(ish) girl style, I thought I should let you in on a little secret: We don’t use chick starter at our farm (for chickens or pheasants) and we haven’t for the last four years. Wondering why? Pull up a chair. (Don’t want […]

Free Range Chickens: 5 Truths To Know

Free Range Chickens: 5 Truths To Know

Free range chickens are fun to watch, but hold on a second. Before you open the coop door and let your chickens run wild, there are some truths you need to know about the free range life. (Don’t want to read all the words? This […]

Supplemental Light for Chickens? Be Honest About THIS…

Supplemental Light for Chickens? Be Honest About THIS…

It’s one of the dividing wedges that can be driven straight through the chicken community: should you use supplemental light for chickens during the shorter days of the year? A hen’s egg laying is triggered by sunlight. When the days get shorter, egg production falls […]

5 Turkey Butchering Tips (from our first time butchering turkeys)

5 Turkey Butchering Tips (from our first time butchering turkeys)

We finally raised our first batch of turkeys here at Clucky Dickens Farm—9 Broad Breasted White and Bronze turkeys that I basically fell in love with, and promised we’d have every single year on our farm from now until eternity. Now that we’ve made it […]

Red Rangers: 7 Reasons We Won’t Raise Them Again

Red Rangers: 7 Reasons We Won’t Raise Them Again

Over the summer, our family decided to do a little experiment with two different kinds of meat birds: the Cornish Cross (which we generally raise) and Red Rangers. Spoiler alert—our family decided we were not huge fans of the Red Ranger bird and are choosing […]