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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Raising Geese, Choosing a Breed and Preparations
April 8, 2021 · · Poultry 101

Add to Favorites We are going to add raising geese to our poultry qualifications this spring. We have had most of the other poultry here, including chickens, guinea hens, ducks …

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Plan Ahead for Buying Baby Chicks and Ducklings for Easter
March 29, 2021 · · 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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Chicken Feed: Does Brand Matter?
March 18, 2021 · · Feed & Health

It’s a common question when you’re figuring out what to feed chickens. What chicken feed brand should you choose for your feathered friends?

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The Brahma Chicken – Raising a Large Breed
March 8, 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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Dangers in the Coop
March 2, 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.

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DIY Poultry Feed
February 25, 2021 · · Feed & Health

How do you balance nutrition when mixing your own grains? Read on and find out how.

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