Tag: Poultry

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 […]

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 […]

The Best Tips for Incubating and Hatching Pheasant Chicks

The Best Tips for Incubating and Hatching Pheasant Chicks

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

4 Reasons Why You Should Raise Pheasants

4 Reasons Why You Should Raise Pheasants

We raised pheasants here at Clucky Dickens Farm for a few years. If you have room and the inclination, here are four reasons to you might want to raise pheasants on your homestead or farm. Raise pheasants to release them into the wild. Many people […]

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. […]

Dealing With A Surprise Hatch

Dealing With A Surprise Hatch

You’re going about your business on the homestead and suddenly one of your hens proudly appears with chicks following behind her. Wait. What? Where did those chicks come from? Well, if you’ve got a rooster and your chickens are free range, it’s completely possible that […]

Poultry Shrink Bags: Why You Should Use Them

Poultry Shrink Bags: Why You Should Use Them

If you butcher and process homegrown birds at home, you should know that poultry shrink bags are about the most awesome thing to come along since…well…I don’t know what. Poultry shrink bags are easy. They’re quick. They’re amazing. I thought I knew a whole bunch […]