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Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies

By Bonnie Jo Manion   |   Published On: Jul 1, 2013
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Learn how to build a sustainable chicken habitat with the Wiley Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies. If you’re looking to start and maintain a beautiful garden with chickens, this complete guide will teach you everything you need to know to build the perfect, thriving chicken habitat in your own backyard. Best of all, it’s all written in plain-English, and takes you step by step so it’s perfect for beginners or seasoned growers who want to add chickens to their garden.

Chickens are great gardening assistants, it turns out, but only if you know the proper steps! That’s why this book offers guidance as well as step-by-step instructions for designing and implementing a host of different chicken garden plans, depending on your available space, tastes, and needs. You’ll learn about choosing the best plants and landscaping materials for a happy garden and chickens alike, plus seasonal considerations, attractive fencing options, predator and pest control, growing food for people and chickens, and much more.

About the Author

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

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    9.3 x 7.4 x 0.6 inches
  • Weight
    1.0 pounds
  • Edition
    1st Edition
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  • ISBN-10
  • ISBN-13
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    Bonnie Jo Manion, Robert T. Ludlow
  • Publication Date
    Jul 1, 2013
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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

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  • 5 out of 5 stars

    Great information

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    Can't wait to read what ideas I can use to free range my chickens, and also enjoy a garden. They tend to eat everything in my garden. Husband is getting to the point where I either have to pen them, or choose. Garden or chickens. Hope this book helps.

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  • 3 out of 5 stars

    Ok book for new chicken lovers.

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    Somewhat helpful. Not much more new information from other books I've read

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