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

A Guide to Sick Chicken Symptoms
November 7, 2022 · · 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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DIY Chicken Coop Plans That Add Shade
November 4, 2022 · · 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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Chicken Pecking Order — Stressful Times In The Coop
October 18, 2022 · · Feed & Health

Introducing a new chicken to your flock? Here are a few steps you can take to minimize the drama of additions to your backyard chicken pecking order.

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Rabbit and Chicken Frostbite Prevention Methods
October 6, 2022 · · 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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Dangers in the Coop
September 29, 2022 · · 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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What Does a Chicken Coop Need for Fall?
August 25, 2022 · · Coops

Fall is the perfect time to answer the question: What does a chicken coop need for the cold weather? Now is the time to start preparations before the weather turns bad.

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Raising Geese, Choosing a Breed and Preparations
August 23, 2022 · · Poultry 101

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, and turkeys.

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Does it Matter if You Raise Heritage Chicken Breeds or Hybrids?
August 19, 2022 · · Chickens 101

What are heritage chicken breeds? You may be asking this question if you start looking at different breeds of chickens to start a backyard flock.

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Chickens as Pets in the House
August 1, 2022 · · Chickens 101, Kids' Corner

Some people just can’t leave the farm behind and end up with a chicken or two as house pets. What steps would you need to take to make chickens as pets a workable solution to getting fresh eggs daily in an area where you can’t raise livestock?

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Chicken Feed: Does Brand Matter?
July 8, 2022 · · 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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