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

Red, White, and Blue Chicken Breeds
July 4, 2019 . · Chickens 101

Happy 4th of July! I have been playing around with my chicken run garden and taking some photos of the chickens enjoying the flowers. The garden is right in front of …

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Chickens as Pets in the House
July 1, 2019 . · Chickens 101

You live in the city but you are a farmer at heart. You may wonder, “Are chickens allowed in my city?” In many towns and neighborhoods the answer is no. But …

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Do Raccoons Eat Chickens?
June 30, 2019 . · Coops

Many backyard flock owners have lots of questions about chicken predators. Do raccoons eat chickens? Do skunks kill chickens? What about foxes, hawks, bears, bobcats, and the neighborhood dog? Unfortunately, the answer …

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How to Influence the Law on Keeping Chickens in Residential Areas
June 28, 2019 . · Chickens 101

Is keeping chickens one of your New Year’s resolutions? Are you interested in learning more about how to legally keep chickens in your residential area? Where does a wannabe chicken …

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Reusing Chicken Coop Trash for a More Self-Sustaining Living
June 23, 2019 . · 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 …

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What is the Best Feed for Chickens in Summer?
May 28, 2019 . · 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. Heat waves, …

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Chicken Feed: Does Brand Matter?
May 24, 2019 . · 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? Does it even matter? With so many …

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DIY Poultry Feed
May 5, 2019 . · Feed & Health

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

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Make an Herbal Snack Bar Wall Hanging
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

You can quickly construct an herbal snack bar using a shipping pallet. We made two different gardens using pallets. The chickens love pecking off just what they need for a …

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Pumpkin Treats Chickens Will Love for Cool Weather
March 15, 2019 . · Feed & Health

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 …

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