156: Why We No Longer Raise Goats

156: Why We No Longer Raise Goats

When we first moved to our farm in 2011, the one animal that I insisted we get was goats. We started with two male goats (Willy and Waylon) and then added three female goats (Luna, Pickles, and Olive.) Then we bred the gals and got 

145: Get started with raising turkeys

145: Get started with raising turkeys

Do you want to get started raising turkeys? Here are answers to some common questions you might have.

Can You Raise Turkeys and Chickens Together?

Can You Raise Turkeys and Chickens Together?

You’re thinking of getting turkeys, but wondering if you can stick them in with your chickens. Can you raise turkeys and chickens together?

85: 5 Common Mistakes When Choosing Egg Bird Breeds

85: 5 Common Mistakes When Choosing Egg Bird Breeds

I think we can all agree that chickens are great. And while some people get chickens simply because chickens are awesome, today I want to talk specifically about getting chickens for the purpose of laying eggs. There are several things to consider when choosing what 

Feeding Cornish Cross Chickens: How Much Should They Eat?

Feeding Cornish Cross Chickens: How Much Should They Eat?

Feeding Cornish Cross chickens the right way is so important. If you overfeed them, you will end up with leg issues, heart attacks, and early death. So how much food should they eat? What does it cost to raise a Cornish Cross from day old 

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 

Choosing Between Ducks and Chickens for your Homestead

Choosing Between Ducks and Chickens for your Homestead

We keep both ducks and chickens here on our homestead and I’m often asked which I like better. If you’re looking to decide between ducks and chickens, here are a few similarities and differences between the two that may help you make your choice. (Don’t 

Best animals for a new homesteader

Best animals for a new homesteader

Folks who are interested in homesteading often ask me what animal(s) they should start with on their homestead. Should they get chickens? Ducks? Goats? Quail? Rabbits? A milk cow? What are the best animals for a new homesteader? Help me, Amy! I don’t know what 

Should You Help A Chick Hatch?

Should You Help A Chick Hatch?

It’s one of those controversial chicken raising topics: should you help a chick hatch? Some say yes, it’s your duty, while others say you should let nature take its course. It’s hard to know what to do. If you’re looking at a chick who has 

Hatching Chicks? Incubator vs. Broody Hen

Hatching Chicks? Incubator vs. Broody Hen

Chickens are often called the gateway animal. And while many of us won’t (and maybe shouldn’t) admit to how many chickens we have, there’s one thing for certain: we always think we need more. There is always the option of buying chicks, but today we