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Homestead Livestock

One of my favorite things about being an adult is being able to bring home all the fun (and possibly useless) animals I can care for. At the moment I have two alpacas, Fred & Oki, 9 geese, 5 ducks, 17 guineas, 4 turkeys and… chickens.

Lots of chickens.

mixed flock of chickens, ducks, guinea hens and a turkey in a field with a little girl and golden retriever

I’ve had my own birds for over 10 years now, I’ve learned a lot through experience that I would never have expected based on the books I’d read before jumping into this lifestyle.

My goal with Chicken Scratch NY is to share my experiences and help people on their own homestead/chicken keeping/hobby farming journey.

I can’t stand the sugarcoated approach that is so common on social media and the internet these days. I always do my best to be honest and share the good and the bad, because honestly, this life is pretty rough sometimes!

I have all of my species-specific content listed out on my Chicken Keeping and Turkey Keeping pages so if that’s what you’re after head over there.

Barnyard Birds

large royal palm tom turkey on a green lawn with feathers up
Toulouse goose standing in field
Muscovy ducks are the most sustainable animals I can think of to keep, find out why we'll always keep them on our farm and how easy they are to care for


Find out what our two pet alpacas do on our small farm
white alpaca laying down with text overlay meningeal worm infection


red barn in a field with text overlay "understanding the homestead lifestyle"
red barn overlooking green field with blue sky

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