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

Choosing the Best Chicken Coop Size for Your Flock
January 13, 2022 · · 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 Stop Chickens from Eating Their Eggs
December 29, 2021 · · Eggs & Meat

One of the frustrating moments in chicken keeping is wondering why do my chickens eat their eggs. As you reach into the nest box to collect eggs, you find a sticky, wet mess instead. If this has happened to you, one or more of your chickens may be an egg eater.

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A Proper Chicken Coop Design Reduces Winter Health Issues — Chickens in a Minute Video
November 1, 2021 · · Coops

When planning your chicken coop designs for anyone who lives in the frigid north, have you ever wondered how cold is too cold for backyard chickens?

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Chicken Pecking Order — Stressful Times In The Coop
October 25, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites If you added new chicks to your flock this year, you are probably going through the steps to safely integrate them into the flock. The chicken pecking …

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Reusing Chicken Coop Trash for a More Self-Sustaining Living
October 20, 2021 · · Coops

Self-sustaining living on our farm means I try to reduce the amount of waste that the farm sends to the landfill. It’s not always easy and I try to think creatively in order to reduce the waste.

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Beginner’s Equipment Guide to Raising Chickens for Eggs
October 18, 2021 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Add to Favorites What is the best bedding for chickens won’t be the only question you have as you set up your first brooder. As you await the arrival of …

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How to Influence the Law on Keeping Chickens in Residential Areas
October 18, 2021 · · 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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A Guide to Sick Chicken Symptoms
October 12, 2021 · · Feed & Health

With so much talk about chicken illnesses this year, it’s good to know what a sick chicken looks like, so we can try to help our feathered pets feel better quickly. We are all uncertain at times, but there are certain criteria you can use to assess if your bird has sick chicken symptoms.

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The Brahma Chicken – Raising a Large Breed
October 11, 2021 · · Chickens 101

Many people ask me what is the best backyard chicken breed to raise. For me, my favorite has long been the Brahma chicken.

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Pumpkin Treats Chickens Will Love for Cool Weather
September 27, 2021 · · Feed & Health

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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