About the Author

Janet Garman

Janet Garman is a farmer, writer, instructor, and fiber artist living in central Maryland on the family's farm. She loves all subjects related to small farms and homesteading. Raising chickens, ducks, sheep, and fiber goats led her to write her most recent books, 50 Do it Yourself Projects for Keeping Chickens, (Skyhorse Publishing 2018) and The Good Living Guide to Raising Sheep and Other Fiber Animals, (Skyhorse Publishing -February 2019)
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Articles by Janet Garman

Rabbit and Chicken Frostbite Prevention Methods
November 3, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Rabbit and chicken frostbite occurrences are preventable. Adopting good cold-weather management for your small livestock buildings will go a long way to preventing rabbit and chicken frostbite in the first place.

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Choosing the Best Chicken Coop Size for Your Flock
October 23, 2020 · · Coops

Thinking about the best chicken coop size for your flock? Did you know that a small flock in a large coop can also be the wrong choice?

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How to Influence the Law on Keeping Chickens in Residential Areas
October 23, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Are you interested in learning more about how to legally keep chickens in your residential area? Where does a wannabe chicken keeper begin? The road may seem daunting at first.

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Pumpkin Seeds for Chickens — Do the Seeds Stop Worms?
October 10, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Pumpkin seeds for chickens can serve a purpose as part of a nutritious chicken diet. You might be surprised to read that pumpkins seeds do not contribute what you have been told!

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Pumpkin Treats Chickens Will Love for Cool Weather
October 6, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

Did you know that there are many pumpkin treats chickens will love to eat during the cooler weather? As summer turns to fall, it’s a great time to store up a few extra pumpkins.

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How to Handle a Chicken Foot Injury
October 2, 2020 · · Feed & Health

A chicken foot injury prevents or slows down a chicken’s ability to tend to chicken business. Most problems detected in the beginning stages are treatable.

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How to Compost Chicken Manure
August 15, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Chickens provide us with hours of companionship, fresh eggs, and manure! Lots of manure. About one cubic foot of manure is produced by each chicken in approximately six months.

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DIY Chicken Coop Plans That Add Shade
August 11, 2020 · · Coops

Chickens tolerate cold temperatures much better than heatwaves. Providing shade in your chicken coop plans is essential for a healthy flock.

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Hatching Duck Eggs: When Fertile Eggs Don’t Hatch
July 31, 2020 · · Eggs & Meat

I recently ventured into hatching duck eggs, an area that I had previously avoided ever since we started keeping ducks. Not only am I allowing Margarita, our broody duck to sit on fertile eggs, I am actually encouraging it.

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What is the Best Feed for Chickens in Summer?
July 28, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Serving your flock the best feed for chickens in the summer months makes a big difference. The feed you use will affect how they handle the stress of summer.

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