Amy Fewell, The Fewell Homestead and Founder/CEO/COO of Homesteaders of America

The Fewell Homestead

Amy Fewell is a homesteader, published author and blogger, and Founder of the Homesteaders of America organization and annual conference.

Amy, her husband, and their two sons live on a small homestead in Virginia where they raise chickens and geese. Amy is a beacon to those looking for inspiration on how to live a more simple, holistic and sustainable lifestyle.

As a published author, Amy shares her insights and experiences in raising poultry, gardening, and holistic health. As the founder of one of the most popular homesteading organizations and events, Amy has created a community where people can connect and gather to share and learn more about how to live a more sustainable lifestyle and have better control over their own food sources. As a blogger we are thrilled to have Amy as an author on the McMurray Hatchery blog, giving our customers and followers guidance and tips for raising poultry on a homestead.


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Incorporate These Guard Geese Breeds on Your Homestead — Protect Your Flocks

I couldn’t wait to open the box when I got it from the post office. Guard geese — these are what I had been waiting to add to our homestead for quite some time. But because guardian geese might not be a welcome wake up call for my neighbors in my subdivision, I had to...

Preparing Your Winter Chicken Coop

     Winter is here and I need to think about the things to do to start preparing my chicken coop and chickens for their winter chicken coop set up. Wait, what? I have a winter set up and check list for my chickens? Why yes, yes I do! And it might be something you...

How to Make Money Off Your Chickens

When my chicken addiction became strong, my husband gave me the stink eye. I quickly needed to find ways for my chickens to make me money! Raising chickens for meat, and learning about how to put up my chicken eggs for sale, were two of the main things I needed to...

Using Chickens and Geese in the Garden

Chickens and geese aren’t just a great homestead food source. You can start using chickens and geese in the garden to help you create a bountiful harvest each year! And, if you’ve ever wanted to start raising geese, this is a great excuse for you to dive right in this...

How to Build a Quick and Easy Chicken Coop

An easy chicken coop. Is there even such a thing? With the plethora of chicken coop plans that are out there, sometimes we just want something simple and easy. A DIY chicken coop is even better especially if you’re on a budget. Make it a chicken tractor, and we’ve got...

Selecting the Best Chicken Breeds for Your Homestead

When you’ve finally made the decision to add chickens to your homestead, you might find you need some help selecting the best chicken breeds. There are so many poultry breeds to choose from in the wonderful world of chickens. From laying hens and meat chickens, to...



“When we first started keeping chickens, I wanted them all. I wanted the pretty birds, the pretty eggs, the crazy poof heads … the list goes on. But as we dove deeper into our homesteading journey, we wanted more than just aesthetics. We needed birds that would fit into our sustainability plans. We wanted birds that were naturally and genetically hardy, healthy, and smart. As we started getting in chickens from McMurray Hatchery, they met every single expectation I had of them. They were hardy, they were exceptionally healthy, and yes, even their aesthetics were pleasing!

We then ventured into the wonderful world of ducks and geese, and those didn’t disappoint either. Now, my geese from McMurray Hatchery are my favorite barnyard flocksters. And just like the chickens, I’ll never have to worry about their health or wellbeing, because they’ve been healthy since day one! As our homestead grows, our flock of McMurray birds grow, too!”

— Amy Fewell, The Fewell Homestead