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)
Read More

Articles by Janet Garman

What is the Purpose of a Dust Bath for Chickens? — Chickens in a Minute Video
July 10, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Our feathered friends clean themselves in a special way using a chicken dust bath. For first-time chicken keepers, seeing chickens taking a dust bath for the first time …

Read More
How to Stop Chickens from Eating Their Eggs
June 17, 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.

Read More
Make an Herbal Snack Bar Wall Hanging
May 31, 2021 · · Feed & Health

You can quickly construct an herbal snack bar using a shipping pallet. We made two different gardens using pallets.

Read More
Chicken Pecking Order — Stressful Times In The Coop
May 31, 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 …

Read More
Dangers in the Coop
May 24, 2021 · · Feed & Health

Are dangers lurking in your carefully planned chicken house? A sturdy coop offers shelter from weather and predators and a quiet refuge for the laying hen.

Read More
DIY Chicken Coop Plans That Add Shade
May 17, 2021 · · Coops

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

Read More
Hatching Duck Eggs: When Fertile Eggs Don’t Hatch
May 6, 2021 · · 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.

Read More
Treating Livestock and Chicken Eye Problems
May 4, 2021 · · Feed & Health

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, I grab the first aid box.

Read More
A Guide to Sick Chicken Symptoms
May 3, 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.

Read More
Chicken Fences: Chicken Wire Vs. Hardware Cloth
April 18, 2021 · · 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.

Read More