About the Author

Amy Fewell

Amy Fewell is the head chicken wrangler and homesteader at The Fewell Homestead — thefewellhomestead.com. Along with her family, she resides in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains in Virginia. She is the founder of the Homesteaders of America conference and organization, and the author of the books, The Homesteader’s Herbal Companion and The Homesteader’s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook.
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Articles by Amy Fewell

Chickens and the Complications of a Bird Respiratory System
September 20, 2020 · · Feed & Health

The bird respiratory system is quite different than most animals. Chickens are no exception. It’s one of the reasons chicken keepers become concerned when their chickens show signs of have respiratory issues — like sneezing, wheezing, and coughing.

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Anti-Parasitic Herbs for Your Chicken Flock
September 2, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Parasites in your chicken flock are the most annoying of all the chicken issues. Use these anti-parasitic herbs in your flock to help!

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How to Make Homemade Black Drawing Salve for Your Chickens
July 24, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Black drawing salve is an extremely easy salve to make for your chickens. You can use this salve to treat and heal wounds, or to keep flock members from pecking at wounds.

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Homemade Products for Your Chicken Medicine Cabinet
July 1, 2020 · · Feed & Health

One thing most chicken keepers forget to have on hand is a chicken medicine kit! You don’t have to run to the farm store for anything, really. You can make basic medicinal chicken products in your home.

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Efficiently Hatching Eggs with a Broody Chicken
May 27, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Having a broody chicken is one of the most exciting things one can discover in their coop. Learn how to efficiently hatch and raise chicks with a broody.

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Setting Up Your Outdoor Chicken Brooder
March 2, 2020 · · Coops

Everyone needs an outdoor chicken brooder! Learn how to set yours up with or without chicken brooder plans. You’ll thank yourself for this little project!

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Selling Eggs as a Business on the Homestead
January 16, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

There are chickens in the backyard, eggs all over the kitchen, and you might be thinking “maybe it’s time to start selling eggs.”

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3 Herbs to Heal and Prevent Chicken Respiratory Infections
October 12, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Many of these herbs have been proven time and time again to heal respiratory issues (some studies have even been done on chicken respiratory infections!).

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Age-Appropriate Chores for Children with Chickens
August 11, 2019 · · Coops, Kids' Corner

He was only a few years old when I let him go down to the chicken coop all by himself to collect morning eggs. I should’ve known it was not an age-appropriate chore, but he was excited.

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