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

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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6 Easy Chick Brooder Ideas
February 24, 2021 · · 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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How Do Chickens Mate?
February 18, 2021 · · Feed & Health

“How do chickens mate?” might be a question you have when you first keep a rooster. And it might seem a bit disturbing at first if you have not witnessed a rooster pursuing an available hen.

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A Guide to Sick Chicken Symptoms
February 5, 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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Rabbit and Chicken Frostbite Prevention Methods
November 3, 2020 · · Feed & Health

Rabbit and chicken frostbite occurrences are preventable. Adopting good cold-weather management for your small livestock buildings will go a long way to preventing rabbit and chicken frostbite in the first place.

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Choosing the Best Chicken Coop Size for Your Flock
October 23, 2020 · · 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 Influence the Law on Keeping Chickens in Residential Areas
October 23, 2020 · · 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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Pumpkin Seeds for Chickens — Do the Seeds Stop Worms?
October 10, 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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Pumpkin Treats Chickens Will Love for Cool Weather
October 6, 2020 · · Feed & Health, Kids' Corner

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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