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

DIY Chicken Coop Plans That Add Shade
July 2, 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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Chicken Fences: Chicken Wire Vs. Hardware Cloth
June 26, 2020 · · Coops

If it’s called chicken wire, it must be for chickens, right? Chicken wire is widely recognized as the hexagon shaped welded wire, commonly used on farms for various fencing needs, including for chicken fences.

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The Brahma Chicken – Raising a Large Breed
June 17, 2020 · · 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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Reusing Chicken Coop Trash for a More Self-Sustaining Living
May 15, 2020 · · 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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How to Make a Chicken Swing
May 13, 2020 · · Coops

Do you need to know how to make a chicken swing for your flock? They have a large run, a substantial and well-built coop, and plenty to eat.

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Olandsk Dwarf Chickens
April 29, 2020 · · Chickens 101

Originally found on the small island called Olands, off the coast of Sweden, this lightweight landrace breed displays a beautiful combination of red, black, gray, brown, and white multicolored feathers.

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A Guide to Sick Chicken Symptoms
April 16, 2020 · · 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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Plan Ahead for Buying Baby Chicks and Ducklings for Easter
April 10, 2020 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

There’s little doubt that you will consider buying baby chicks, ducklings or bunnies once they begin to appear in the garden centers and feed stores across the country. The cute factor is almost too much to resist!

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6 Easy Chick Brooder Ideas
April 2, 2020 · · Coops

Need some quick and easy chick brooder ideas? When you first bring your new baby chicks or ducklings home or hatch out some eggs, you will need a place that the babies can call home.

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Treating Livestock and Chicken Eye Problems
March 27, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Livestock and chicken eye problems need to be treated as soon as possible. When our chickens and livestock get an eye injury or any type of wound, …

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