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Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Through personal experience and in-depth interviews with other backyard chicken farmers, Bloom, an award-winning garden designer, takes you from her early chicken-raising days, which she recalls as about “as easy as herding cats,”to the ultimate goal of maintaining a fitflock that will contrast and co-exist with a backyard garden.She gives tips about keeping the backyard from becoming a barnyard; selecting from a diverse palette of poultry from Rhode Island Reds to Easter Eggers;growing the plants that will benefit from hens and beautify a lawn; keeping “a simple chicken emergency kit”; regulating coop temperatures; and keeping predators away. Noise reduction ideas will also help keep neighbors’ potential annoyance at bay. The presentation is enhanced by detailed charts—how many square feet of yard for how many chickens, the chicken lifecycle, feedings from egg to chick to pullet to hen—for help in creating a chicken-inclusive environment in a variety of settings. Bloom offers a comprehensive guide from mating to medicine that will particularly help beginners, and vivid color photography by Kate Baldwin helps Bloom make a persuasive case. (Feb.14)
Booklist
“Numerous illustrations, full-color photos, charts and tables, garden layouts, and useful tips … offer a wealth of practical advice.”
ReadingAllYearLong.com
“This is one of the coolest books I have had the privilege of reviewing.”
Plant Talk blog
“A fun new book.”
— Valerie Easton
Spinning Alpaca Yarns.com
“If you have a backyard flock or you’re thinking of getting one, I would highly recommend this book as part of your poultry library.”
Garden Rant
“Everything you want to know about gardening with chickens…is here."
San Francisco Chronicle
“Exquisitely produced and artfully photographed.”
The American Gardener
“Everything you want to know about gardening with chickens…is here."
TheGardenCoop.com
“Jessi Bloom’s new book is as lush and inspiring as the chicken paradise featured on the front.”
The Oregonian
“Bloom’s obvious enthusiasm for good design and for her birds will inspire both novice and experienced chicken owners to create a garden space for hens and humans to enjoy.”
TillysNest.com
“Solves the dilemma of having free-range chickens and a vegetable garden.”
FloraDoraGardens.com
“Well-written and would be a true asset to every chicken owner. This book has now become one of my favorite chicken books.”
HenCam.com
“I can honestly refer to it as the Chicken Bible for Gardeners. With everything from coop design, dietary needs, to chicken personality explained, this book seems to leave nothing out.”
GreenPreferred.com
“Dispenses good, commonsense advice.”
WhitePinesWhisper.com
“Tackles the very fear that keeps so many from the enjoyment of raising their own backyard flock.”
Sunset Magazine
“I love this book. It has the two things I look for in any garden book: tons of solidly researched, well-written, detailed information and lots of big inspirational color photos.”
American Gardener
"Bloom's obvious enthusiasm for creative design and for her birds will inspire both novice and experienced chicken owners to create a garden space that hens and humans can inhabit harmoniously."
Small Town Living.com
Bloom's obvious enthusiasm for creative design and for her birds will inspire both novice and experienced chicken owners to create a garden space that hens and humans can inhabit harmoniously.
Sustainable Eats.com
“Complete with gorgeous photos, diagrams, plans, and a very well written and easy to understand approach, you will want to get your hands upon this book if you have ever dreamed of incorporating chickens into your lifestyle.”
Diggin Food.com
“Jessi’s approach is unique in that she’s a landscape designer and a chicken owner.”
NW Edible
“I’ve had chickens for four years and I wish that I could have had Jessi Bloom’s new book in the beginning.”
Living Homegrown.com
“Provides a good overview on coop building styles and considerations, very basic chicken care info, do-grow/don’t-grow plant lists for the chicken garden and lots and lots of gorgeous inspirational pictures.”
Horticulture Magazine
“The only book I have seen that tells you exactly how you can have your chickens AND your garden too.”
New York Times Book Review
“A great basic guide for first-time chicken owners and chicken owner wannabes.”
Backyard Poultry Magazine
"Exactly what we’ve been waiting for—the definitive guide to letting our chickens roam freely without incurring damage to our vegetable or flower gardens."
Natural Home and Garden
"Exactly what we’ve been waiting for—the definitive guide to letting our chickens roam freely without incurring damage to our vegetable or flower gardens."
Plant Talk blog - Valerie Easton
“A fun new book.”
San Francisco Chronicle - Brigid Gaffikin
"Exquisitely produced and artfully photographed."
ReadingAllYearLong.com - Amy Stewart
“A comprehensive guide from mating to medicine that will particularly help beginners…Bloom makes a persuasive case.”
Plant Talk blog - Genevieve Schmidt
“Everything you want to know about gardening with chickens…is here."
Spinning Alpaca Yarns.com - Kym Pokorny
“A fun new book.”
San Francisco Chronicle - Willi Galloway
“Exquisitely produced and artfully photographed.”
Garden Rant - Dominique Browning
"Exquisitely produced and artfully photographed."
The Republican Journal
"Essential guide that will bring your dream home to roost."
From the Publisher
"This well-thought-out and thoroughly comprehensive new book covers the topic so efficiently and completely that it is bound to become the gardener's go -to reference when chickens are the focus."
The American Gardener
“Bloom’s obvious enthusiasm for good design and for her birds will inspire both novice and experienced chicken owners to create a garden space for hens and humans to enjoy.”
— Genevieve Schmidt
The Oregonian
“Solves the dilemma of having free-range chickens and a vegetable garden.”
— Kym Pokorny
TillysNest.com
“Well-written and would be a true asset to every chicken owner. This book has now become one of my favorite chicken books.”
HenCam.com
“Dispenses good, commonsense advice.”
GreenPreferred.com
“Tackles the very fear that keeps so many from the enjoyment of raising their own backyard flock.”
Dominique Browning
…Bloom is an expert guide for the untutored.
—The New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781604692372
  • Publisher: Timber Press, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/3/2012
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 148,742
  • Product dimensions: 7.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Kate Baldwin lives and gardens in Portland, Oregon. She has contributed to gardening books, newspapers, and magazines including Portland Monthly, where her column, Dig, and gardening blog, Plantwise, appear.

Jessi Bloom is an award-winning ecological landscape designer, professional horticulturalist, and certified arborist. She is lead designer and owner of N.W. Bloom—EcoLogical Landscapes, known for innovation in sustainable landscape design, construction, and maintenance. Jessi is committed to educating others and now spends much of her time teaching, consulting, and speaking nationwide in addition to designing landscapes. Her best-selling book Free-Range Chicken Gardens has been praised for being informative and inspiring, changing the way people integrate animals into their landscapes. Recognition for her work includes awards from the Washington State Department of Ecology, the American Horticultural Society, Pacific Horticulture magazine, Sunset magazine, the Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association, and the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals. She lives north of Seattle with her sons on her permaculture homestead.

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Table of Contents

introduction: 6

1 chickens and gardens-working together: 10

Incorporating Chickens into Your Garden

Chickens and Sustainability

Chickens and Your Lifestyle

Being a Good Neighbor

Seasonal Considerations

2 chickens in your garden: practical considerations: 36

Benefits of Free-Range Chickens

Keeping Your Plants Safe

Keeping Your Chickens Safe

Chicken Training and Acclimation

3 designing a chicken-friendly garden: 60

Creating a Plan

The Chicken Infrastructure

Other Permanent Elements

Choosing the Right Plants

Extra Elements for the Chickens

Sample Garden Plans

4 landscape materials for chicken gardens: 92

Hardscape

Softscape

5 plants with purpose: 112

Plants for Chicken Gardens

Food and Forage

Medicinal Plants

Poisonous Plants

Chicken-Resistant Plants

Colorful Seasonal Plants

Native Plants

Plants for Fragrance

Plants as Noise Barrier

6 innovative chicken housing: 146

Space Requirements

Mobile, Modular, or Stationary Coop?

Coop Necessities

Interior Design

Optional Items - Chicken Coop Style

Materials

Greenhouse Chicken Coop

Tractors and Arks

Geodesic Chicken Dome

Broody Box or Sin Bin

7 friends and foes of hens in the garden: 178

Predators and Pests

Predator Control and Deterrents

Other Garden Fowl

Livestock

Poultry Diseases and Parasites

Troubleshooting Common Chicken Problems

Injury in the Garden

When a Chicken Dies

afterword: 203

conversions and hardiness zones: 204

resources: 206

acknowledgments: 209

photo credits: 211

index: 212

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    I just spent a long time perusing this book in the bookstore. It

    I just spent a long time perusing this book in the bookstore. It's beautiful and very informative. I've ordered a copy, and cannot wait to receive it. We live in a very small city, with a very small yard, and this lovely book has so many tips and bits of information as well as entertainment, not to mention being filled with wonderful pictures. I had wondered just how to arrange my gardens now that the hens have de~greened the whole thing, and I have lots of ideas to explore now! Highly recommeded!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2014

    Brilliant!

    We live in the 'burbs with five chickens. Creating a beautiful garden for our chickens was what we always dreamed of, but our backyard is pretty small, so we didn't know where to start. After receiving this book as a gift, we used Bloom's great gardening ideas for smaller, more complicated spaces - and now our fenced-in garden yard is a chicken haven! The book's format is lovely! In fact, Free Range Chicken Gardens is so helpful, I use it for reference on a daily basis. Not only does it have many large sections on gardening with chickens, Bloom has added a lot of info about general chicken care and troubleshooting for when there is a problem. My husband and I also enjoyed the pictures and mini-tours of other chicken-owner's gardens! It is a inspiration for our own flock to see other people's functioning gardens - with chickens included in the mix. I have already recommended this book to five other people; it is one of the only chicken books an urban gardener will need.

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  • Posted June 21, 2013

    Great Book

    I bought this book twice! This one was for a gift.
    It is a great book.
    I love the was it is written (very easy read)
    Great Ideas for anyone who wants to have free range chickens and a nice looking garden
    I would recommend this book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013

    Does this tell you how to keep chickens safe?

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    Posted May 5, 2013

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