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

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Timber Press, Jan 3, 2012 - Technology & Engineering - 224 pages
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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! In this essential handbook, award-winning garden designer Jessi Bloom offers step-by-step instructions for creating a beautiful and functional space and maintaining a happy, healthy flock. Free-Range Chicken Gardens covers everything a gardener needs to know, from the basics of chicken keeping and getting them acclimated to the garden, to how to create the perfect chicken-friendly garden design and build innovative coops.


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A great book for beginners wanting to garden with free range chickens. This book is a treasure trove of information. It gives suggestions on how to set up a garden in zones. Allowing the chickens ... Read full review

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This is one of the coolest books I have had the privilege of reviewing. I love chickens. My son and I have conversations about getting chickens as soon as we swap our apartment for a real house. We ... Read full review


chickens and gardensworking together
practical considerations
3 designing a chickenfriendly garden
4 landscape materials for chicken gardens
5 plants with purpose
6 innovative chicken housing
7 friends and foes of hens in the garden
conversions and hardiness zones
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Jessi Bloom is a best-selling author, award-winning ecological landscape designer, and speaker. She owns N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Services, based in the Pacific Northwest, which is known as an innovator and leader in the field of permaculture, sustainable landscape design, construction, and land management. Her work has been recognized by government agencies and industry organizations and makes headlines in national media. She lives near Seattle with her two sons on their permaculture homestead, which is full of functional gardens and rescue animals.

Kate Baldwin is a food and lifestyle photographer in Seattle, Washington, whose work appears frequently in advertisements, magazines, and books, and can be seen at

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