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 14, 2021 · · 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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How to Safely Use Essential Oils with Chickens
August 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

While it’s easy to jump headfirst into herbal remedies for your flock, there are some things we need to understand about essential oils and poultry before we start treating “all the things.”

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How to Get Rid of Chicken Mites and Lice – Naturally
August 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

For years, people told me that there was no natural way to prevent or treat chicken mites and lice, but as an herbalist, I knew this just wasn’t true. I’ve put together a tried-and-true natural treatment that I’ve been using for years.

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How to Make Homemade Black Drawing Salve for Your Chickens
August 7, 2021 · · 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 27, 2021 · · 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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Selling Eggs as a Business on the Homestead
July 25, 2021 · · 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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Age-Appropriate Chores for Children with Chickens
June 14, 2021 · · 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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3 Herbs to Heal and Prevent Chicken Respiratory Infections
June 7, 2021 · · 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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Setting Up Your Outdoor Chicken Brooder
April 12, 2021 · · 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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The Truth About Mycoplasma and Chickens
January 11, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Mycoplasma — it’s the word you never want to hear when it comes to your chicken flock. Yet, it’s probably the ailment you need to learn about the most since it affects flocks all across the world.

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