Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies

Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies

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By (author) Bonnie Jo Manion, By (author) Robert T. Ludlow

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  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 185mm x 234mm x 18mm | 454g
  • Publication date: 16 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 1118547543
  • ISBN 13: 9781118547540
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, black & white tables, figures, colour plates
  • Sales rank: 327,052

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Maintain a beautiful garden with chickens? Easy. Chickens are great gardening assistants, with lots of benefits for a home garden and landscape-from soil-building to managing pests and weeds. Home gardens can be great chicken habitats if designed well, and Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies provides a plain-English guide with step-by-step guidance for creating a gorgeous chicken-friendly landscape that helps the chickens and the garden thrive. Gardening with Free-Range Chicken For Dummies offers guidance and step-by-step instructions for designing and implementing a host of different chicken garden plans. Plus, you'll get detailed information on the best plants and landscaping materials for your chicken garden (and the ones to avoid), seasonal considerations, attractive fencing options, predator and pest control, and much more. An excellent supplement to Raising Chickens For Dummies and Building Chicken Coops For Dummies A plain-English guide with step-by-step guidance for creating a chicken garden Advice on how to manage chickens while maintaining a beautiful garden If you're looking for step-by-step advice on building a chicken garden, Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies has you covered.

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Bonnie Jo Manion has been featured in national garden magazines with her gardens, organic practices, chickens, and designs. Follow Bonnie at VintageGardenGal.com. Rob Ludlow is the owner of BackYardChickens.com, a top source on chicken raising, and the coauthor of Raising Chickens For Dummies.

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Learn to: Create a gorgeous chicken- friendly landscapeRaise plants beneficial to you and your chickensManage pests and predatorsMaintain a beautiful garden with chickensChickens are great gardening assistants, with lots of benefits for a home garden and landscape -- from soil-building to managing pests and weeds. "Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies" provides step-by-step guidance for creating a gorgeous chicken-friendly landscape that helps the chickens and the garden thrive.Get started -- grasp the concept of gardening with chickens, understand how the two complement one another, and get your yard and family ready to welcome home your free-ranging flockHow does your garden grow? -- get a grip on designing a chicken-friendly garden, from softscape and hardscape materials and garden structures to growing an edible landscape for you and your chickensManage your flock -- discover everything you need to know about chicken behavior and training, how to handle changes in a flock, and ways to deal with predators, disease, parasites, old age, and death"Open the book and find: The benefits of gardening with chickensLandscaping ideas and tips to use in your own gardenThe anatomy of a chicken coopHow to create a layered plant landscapePopular edibles to growTips for training and managing your flockWays to keep your flock safe from predatorsCommon chicken diseases and parasites

Table of contents

Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started with Gardening and Chickens 7 Chapter 1: Joining Forces: Companion Gardening with Chickens 9 Chapter 2: Preparing Your Garden for Chickens 33 Chapter 3: Preparing Yourself and Your Family for Chickens 63 Chapter 4: Creating Your Space for Free-Range Chickens 83 Part II: Designing a Chicken-Friendly Garden 101 Chapter 5: Creating a Safe and Smart Garden Space: Landscape Material Ideas 103 Chapter 6: From Garden to Pasture: Perfect Plantings for All Your Needs 125 Chapter 7: Growing Good Eats for Chickens and People 147 Chapter 8: From Lawns to Poisonous Plants: Other Landscape Considerations 165 Part III: Chicken Care: Tending to Your Flock 181 Chapter 9: Know Thy Flock: Understanding Chicken Behaviors 183 Chapter 10: Caring for Chickens: Predators, Sickness, Injury, and Death 199 Part IV: The Part of Tens 221 Chapter 11: Ten Common Chicken Problems Solved 223 Chapter 12: Ten Benefi cial Tools and Aids to Have 229 Chapter 13: Ten Ways to Get Really Fancy 237 Index 245