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Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond Paperback – January 23, 2015

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About the Author

Janet Garman raises chickens and many other farm animals on their family homestead in Maryland. She and her husband have raised their family and grown their farm while running a family business, being a farm store owner, and teaching chicken-care classes in the community. Janet holds a degree in animal science, concentrating on farm animal management after having spent time working as a paralegal and a retail store owner. Now retired from the retail life, Janet is using her time to improve her website and blog, spend more time with the animals and farm, can produce, and learn to be more self-sufficient. Her most important dream is to encourage others to take small steps to be more self-sufficient where ever they live.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (January 23, 2015)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1496964845
  • ISBN-13: 978-1496964847
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,560,717 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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It is written on a level aimed more at a grade school - junior high level than the description leads you to believe. It reads like a 4-H manual than a book. If you have even a tiny bit of experience with poultry, this book will be of no value to you, unless you want to read it to children to introduce them to backyard chickens.
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Janet Garman has created the perfect go to guide on raising chickens! In this book she has managed to effectively cover everything from hatching or bringing home chicks to breed selection, behavior, egg laying, health, and predators. If you are new to chicken keeping, or just contemplated getting your own flock, this is a book you will want to have!
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Great “Go-to-Guide” for anyone interested in starting and raising backyard chickens! Highly recommend having this Quick-Reference book to keep at hand rather than going to the internet, or more lengthy textbooks. Although the author states her “book may not be the longest book ever written on chicken care,” it provides all the simple and straightforward answers needed to successfully raise and care for your baby chicks, hens, and roosters. I was particularly impressed with the many suggestions on how to prevent disease and how to prevent predators from destroying your carefully cared for chickens. I would recommend this book to a friend as the only guide you need to start your own flock of chicks!
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Are you thinking of joining all the backyard chicken-keepers raising their own healthy eggs, or know someone who is? Then Chickens from Scratch would be the perfect book!

The author (Janet Garmen) has a degree in animal science, is a retired feed store owner, and raised her family on their own family farm, so she writes from years of experience with chickens. She’s taught classes to help countless customers successfully get started with them, and has distilled her knowledge into one compact, fact-filled book.

It’s not an encyclopedia on chickens, but contains all the information to do exactly what the subtitle, Raising Your Own Chickens From Hatch To Egg Laying And Beyond, suggests. From caring for new chicks, to managing layers, and dealing with spent hens, it covers what new chicken-keepers need to know for success.

It covers how many chickens to start with, what breed, roosters, housing, illness, feeding, and the details that only an experienced chicken-keeper knows to cover. At 68 pages, it’s an easy read and it includes photographs on many of the subjects.

I was impressed at how much information is packed into this book, and think that it would make an excellent starter book for new chicken-keepers. It’ll be a welcome addition to any homesteader or chicken lovers library and a really thoughtful gift. I'm happy that it's in my library now!
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Great book to take you from hatched chick to laying hen. I've been friends with Janet for several years and she's one of my go-to sources when I have a question or need advice. She owned a feed store for years and is very well versed in answering questions from new chicken keepers and those facing a new issue for the first time. She used those years of experience, along with her education, to write her first book - which is a handy little reference for anyone just starting out - or who wants to learn more about natural, old-fashioned methods.

Janet did send me a copy of her book to review, but my thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Getting started with chickens? This book is for you!

Chickens from Scratch is completely essential to anyone thinking of bringing home some peeping baby chicks this season. From setting up a brooder to managing a laying flock, Janet covers everything you’d need to know to get started with backyard chickens.

This book is thorough without being overwhelming to the newbie chicken keeper. It’s a great companion to have by your side from day one. Janet Garman demystifies chicken keeping in this fun and easy to read book. I couldn’t put it down and finished the whole book in one day! If you’re new to chickens, make this the very first book you pick up, you won’t regret it!
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Chicken-keeper extraordinaire, Janet Garman, knows her birds. There's a lot of animal knowledge tucked tightly under her belt. Janet not only holds a degree in animal science, but is a retired feed store owner, as well. Chickens from Scratch starts where it should -- at the very beginning. If you're new to chicken keeping, you'll want to pick up Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Chickens from Scratch to Egg Laying and Beyond the same day that you purchase your baby chicks. It doesn't claim to be a complete encyclopedia of chicken keeping. However, for anyone starting their first laying flock, Chickens from Scratch, is the guide you need to gain confidence and start your chicken-keeping journey.
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Much of what you read in regard to keeping backyard chickens is overly complicated and intimidating for the small scale backyard farmer looking for fresh eggs for the breakfast table. Chickens from Scratch applies a simple, common sense approach to raising chickens and gives you the information you need to know to properly care for your flock without scaring you off from the idea before you've even begun. We've been successfully raising chickens for about a decade and this is how we've done it. I heartily recommend this easy-to-read book for anyone who wants to raise chickens. Hatcheries & feed stores should hand this book out with your purchase!
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