Many gardeners fear chickens will peck away at their landscape, and chicken lovers often shy away from gardening for the same reason. But you can keep chickens and have a beautiful garden, too! Fresh eggs aren't the only benefit — chickens can actually help your garden grow and thrive, even as your garden does the same for your chickens.
In this essential handbook, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom covers everything a gardener needs to know, including chicken-keeping basics, simple garden plans to get you started, tips on attractive fencing options, the best plants and plants to avoid, and step-by-step instructions for getting your chicken garden up and running.
For anyone who wants a fabulous garden where colorful chickens happily roam, Free-Range Chicken Gardens is the guide that will bring the dream home to roost.
Author: Jessi Bloom
Get all the animal know-how, big or small, with our Backyard Animals Package from Grit! Whether you're thinking about keeping chickens in your backyard, breeding rabbits in a colony, or raising barnyard animals, this package has you covered. Our limited-time package includes three specially curated issues from Grit, including Guide to Barnyard Animals, Guide to Chickens, and Guide to Backyard Rabbits, 6th Edition.
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Raising chickens involves a variety of skills, from building a chicken coop to knowing what to feed the birds. GRIT Country Skills Series Guide to Chickens shows all you need to know. In this issue, you will read advice from flock owners and gain insight on incubators vs. broody hens.
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The Grit Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 7th edition has more than 39 ways to be the best beekeeper! Plus, its articles include recent studies on the honey bee’s decline; businesses that provide classes for beekeepers; lessons on capturing a swarm wherever and whenever; recipes for cooking and baking with honey; and guidance for extracting and processing of honey the easy way.
Read how to get to know your bees and the sweet truth about the life and times of one of humankind’s most important social insects. Discover the 10 items to take to the bee yard. Learn the difference between hives and the lists of pros and cons of the three top beehive designs: Top-Bar, Warre, and Langstroth. Read how to build a honey extractor from simple materials available in your local hardware store. Put down the sugar bowl and switch to honey with the wholesome recipes inside this colorful guide.
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Learn everything you need to know about raising bees with the Grit Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey! Beekeeping is becoming both more popular and more necessary in our world. Experience the beauty and joy of raising your own bees every day with this guide! Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey will teach you how to: attract pollinators with buzzworthy plants; discover the differences between beehives; use fresh, local honey in a host of recipes; and more. Read all the beekeeping basics to get you started, or take it a few steps further and become an expert beekeeper in your own backyard! Peruse articles on harnessing a swarm of honey bees (also known as getting your bees for free), building honey extractors, spotting the difference in beehives, the pros and cons of a top-bar hive, and more. This 96-page guide will get you started on being your own backyard beekeeper.
Although they are small, bees are one of the most important insects in our ecosystem. The sweet part is, we can keep them in our own backyard! The Grit Guide to Backyard Bees and Honey, 8th Edition shows how easy and rewarding it is to have a colony of your own. You’ll learn five helpful tips to know before getting started, the differences between the top three beehive designs, how to harness a swarm to save money, and more!
This reference book is designed to arm you with all the information needed to enjoy the simple country pleasures of farm-fresh eggs and poultry, straight from your own backyard.
What came first the chicken or the egg? Although this issue won’t answer that age old question, the Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens, 10th Edition will answer most of your chicken related questions! No matter if you’ve had chickens for years or are only thinking about getting some, this special issue will have answers to your questions! Inside, you’ll learn how to choose the right chickens, feed your chickens a nutritional diet, get the best egg production out of your flock, and more!
Anyone, at any age, can enjoy the benefits and pleasures of keeping a backyard chicken flock. Whether you have yet to take the plunge and buy your very first chickens or are a seasoned chicken owner, the newest Guide to Backyard Chickens is an enjoyable read for everyone! This guide from Grit is 100 pages of articles written by chicken experts. It provides more than 65 keys to keeping a healthy, productive flock, plus recipes for eggs and chicken meat, DIY chicken coops, and information on owning guinea fowl, ducks and geese.
At 100 full-color pages, this one-of-a-kind reference book is designed to arm you with all the information needed to enjoy the simple country pleasures of farm-fresh eggs and poultry, straight from your own backyard.
GRIT's Guide to Backyard Chickens
includes an extensive collection of relevant articles, including: • Keep Chickens Comfortable in All Temperatures
• Best Chicken Breeds
• Egg and Chicken Recipe
• Free-Range Flocks
• DIY Coops
• Explore the Entertaining Behavior of Your Flock
• Learn More from the Experts Who Blog for GRIT
• Taking Precautions – Recent outbreaks of salmonella highlight the need to care when tending a backyard flock
• Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs! Once your flock has started laying eggs, what do you do with all the extras?
• Fermentations for the Flock – Improve your poultry’s health while saving money at the feed store
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Raising rabbits has never been easier with the help the new Grit Guide to Backyard Rabbits, 4th edition. This guide has more than 43 keys to raising happy, healthy rabbits along with helpful advice to find the breed for you, instructions for keeping rabbits out of your garden, advice on how to build the best hutches and equipment, and so much more.
Read about the necessary tools, equipment and routines it requires to keep healthy rabbits. Discover the basic bunny diet, and how feeding your rabbits a healthy mixture of pellets, hay and a few treats will keep them happy and strong. Learn how to ban bunnies from your garden by building a safe, simple and humane trap to keep uninvited critters out of your garden. Rabbit housing plans are included for a good weekend do-it-yourself project.
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Looking to start raising rabbits for meat? Want to be successful in the rabbit show ring? Wondering how you can keep those pesky wild rabbits out of your garden? GRIT Guide to Backyard Rabbits is the answer to all these questions and many more. Inside this 100-page guide you'll find more than 69 keys to a successful rabbit-raising enterprise. Nearly 20 articles are included, as well as heartwarming photos and a list of recommended rabbit resources.
Looking to start raising rabbits for meat? Wondering how you can keep those pesky wild rabbits out of your garden? Grit’s Guide to Backyard Rabbits is the answer to all these questions and many more. Inside this 96-page guide you'll find more than 69 keys to a successful rabbit-raising enterprise.
Follow the simple instructions to help your rabbitry dreams move from concept to reality, with easy-to-follow rabbit housing plans. Discover how to cook with rabbit meat. Learn the best time to start breeding rabbits, and how to care and feed your pregnant does. Read how to keep your rabbit healthy by following basic guidelines.
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GRIT has compiled 100 pages of helpful articles on basic skills for raising barnyard animals. This full-color guide features advice, tips, and ideas from industry experts on raising and maintaining your animal herd … whether you have cattle, horses, sheep, goats, bees, chickens, rabbits, or alpacas.
Read how to care for livestock in any weather. Learn a handful of helpful things you need to put together a disaster plan for the small farm. Discover secrets on grazing, forage, and shelters.
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GRIT has created more than six editions of GRIT Guide to Chickens, and all have been extremely popular with readers and full of valuable, expertly written articles on raising and maintaining a healthy backyard flock. Now, GRIT has compiled the best of the best chicken articles into this newly updated and revised premium issue! The second edition of the GRIT Premium: Guide to Chickens features 112 pages of articles to get you tending your flock to the best of your abilities. With this premium issue, get advice from GRIT flock owners, learn about a variety of chicken breeds, discover why and how a rooster crows, try delicious recipes for eggs and meat chickens, keep predators at bay, build a coop, and more. Other articles include: • Incredible Homestead Chickens – Easy-to-keep, chickens will provide delicious eggs and meat, plus bug control, fertilizer, and tillage. • Use Up Those Eggs – Without feeding the local wildlife. • Wintering Chickens – Fowl weather lies ahead; follow a few easy steps, and your flock won’t be vulnerable. • Chickens in the Garden – You can “recoop” much of the expense of raising chickens by putting their manure to work in your garden and enlisting your birds for organic pest control. • Adventures with Mail-Order Chickens – Certain beverages and ordering poultry do not mix.
Grit has compiled 100 pages of helpful articles on raising farm animals and maximizing your livestock investment. This full-color guide features advice, tips and ideas from industry experts on raising and maintaining your animal herd … whether you have cattle, horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits or alpacas. Plus, organic farmer and author Joel Salatin offers his rotational grazing guidelines!
There’s a lot of advice out there on how to successfully raise farm animals, and as with any advice, some is better than others. To help ensure readers are receiving the best advice on raising farm animals, GRIT has compiled 100 pages of articles, written by livestock experts, into one simple, helpful guide. The second edition to Guide to Raising Farm Animals has more than 47 keys to finding the best animals for your homestead. It covers the best care for your livestock in heat and cold, how to protect your animals from predators, tips on rotational grazing, and much more.
Live self-sufficiently with this GRIT Premium Country Resource Set! Get all the know-how and the best advice for country living from GRIT, including how to raise chickens, how to live frugally in the country, and how to make money from farmers markets. This set includes: GRIT Premium: Guide to Chickens, 2nd Edition GRIT PREMIUM: GUIDE TO FRUGAL COUNTRY LIVING, WINTER 2016 GRIT PREMIUM FARMERS MARKET SPRING 2018
The Grit Premium Guide to Chickens Set includes over 200 pages of practical information about chickens for everyday use!
With this set you receive:
• Grit Premium Guide to Chickens
• Grit Premium Guide to Chickens, 2nd Edition