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

Pumpkin Treats Chickens Will Love for Cool Weather

Add to Favorites 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 …

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How Do Chickens Mate?
March 15, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites “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 …

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What is the Purpose of a Dust Bath for Chickens? — Chickens in a Minute Video
March 15, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites Our feathered friends clean themselves in a special way using a chicken dust bath. For first-time chicken keepers, seeing chickens taking a dust bath for the first time …

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Does it Matter if You Raise Heritage Chicken Breeds or Hybrids?
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Heritage chicken breeds are vital to the future of all breeds of chickens. What are heritage chicken breeds? You may be asking this question if you start looking at …

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Raising Geese, Choosing a Breed and Preparations
March 14, 2019 · · 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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What Do You Feed Baby Ducks for Proper Growth?
March 14, 2019 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

Add to Favorites If you’ve decided ducklings will find their way to your home from the feed store or the hatchery in the new year, then you are probably wondering …

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Hatching Duck Eggs: When Fertile Eggs Don’t Hatch
March 14, 2019 · · Eggs & Meat

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Plan Ahead for Buying Baby Chicks and Ducklings for Easter
March 14, 2019 · · Kids' Corner, Poultry 101

Add to Favorites 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 …

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Treating Livestock and Chicken Eye Problems
March 14, 2019 · · Feed & Health

Add to Favorites 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, …

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Are Chickens Good Pets for Homeowners?
March 14, 2019 · · Chickens 101

Add to Favorites Why would anyone ask, “Are chickens good pets?” Aren’t chickens kept for fresh eggs and meat? If you’ve never owned a small flock of backyard chickens, that …

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