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

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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Pumpkin Seeds for Chickens — Do the Seeds Stop Worms?
August 14, 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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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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How to Handle a Chicken Foot Injury
July 24, 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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Treating Livestock and Chicken Eye Problems
July 21, 2020 · · 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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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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