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

What Does a Chicken Coop Need for Fall?
September 14, 2021 · · 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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How to Compost Chicken Manure
August 23, 2021 · · 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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Chicken Feed: Does Brand Matter?
August 5, 2021 · · 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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Potential Coop Dangers (for Humans)!
August 4, 2021 · · Coops

Most of us don’t think of keeping chickens as a risky hobby. Coop dangers mostly apply to the feathered residents, after all. Are there things human caretakers should be wary of when hugging and feeding chickens?

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What is the Purpose of a Dust Bath for Chickens? — Chickens in a Minute Video
July 10, 2021 · · 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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Make an Herbal Snack Bar Wall Hanging
May 31, 2021 · · Feed & Health

You can quickly construct an herbal snack bar using a shipping pallet. We made two different gardens using pallets.

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DIY Chicken Coop Plans That Add Shade
May 17, 2021 · · 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
May 6, 2021 · · 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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Treating Livestock and Chicken Eye Problems
May 4, 2021 · · 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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Plan Ahead for Buying Baby Chicks and Ducklings for Easter
March 29, 2021 · · Chickens 101, Poultry 101

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 factor is almost too much to resist!

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