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

Jessi Bloom , Kate Baldwin
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14 Feb 2012
With step-by-step instructions for creating a beautiful and functional space for keeping chickens, Chicken Gardens covers everything a gardener will need to know -- from the basics of raising chickens to acclimatizing the birds to the garden, to how to create the perfect chicken-friendly garden design and build innovative coops. Important tips include attractive and effective fencing options to keep the chickens contained and guidance for choosing the best plants for gardeners and their birds. For everyone who has been smitten with chicken love, this indispensable guide is a must-have for how to garden with, for, and around chickens.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Timber Press (14 Feb 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1604692375
  • ISBN-13: 978-1604692372
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 20.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Advice on the whole is practical, sensible and enthusiastic, the layout clear and the photos seductive ... I endorse everything Jessi Bloom has to say on the subject and recommend this book to all who have a poultry shelf in their library and a flock of hens in their gardens. --Francine Raymond, The English Garden

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Jessica Bloom is an award-winning landscape designer who has her own landscape design firm, N.W. Bloom EcoLogical Landscapes.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish i'd had this before i got my chickens! 25 Feb 2012
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I have been waiting for such a long time for this book to come out & i wasn't disappointed. Lovely book with lots of photos & ideas. There are case studies in each section about a particular chicken owners garden. It has re-ignited my excitment about owning chickens. It has given me lots of ideas to implement in my garden & can't wait for some nice weather to get started.
It lists plants that are suitable in a chicken garden & those which aren't. Plants which your chickens will love to eat & those they won't. How to protect your seedlings from rampaging chickens on the hunt for bugs. There is lots of advice about how to use your chickens skills to benefit your garden (poop & eating bugs!)
There is lots of information about coops, runs & chicken tractors to move around the garden (which i plan on constructing so that my girls can roam on the grass in the sunshine but the poo is contained & the plants don't get destroyed.)
It also covers chicken health & looking after your chickens.
I can highly recommend this book to both newbies who are thinking of getting some chickens & to those like myself who have had chickens for a bit but need some ideas. You can definately have a nice garden & chickens if you do some basic planning.
The book has lovely thick paper too! A pleasure to read cover to cover or just dip in & out.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book 25 Mar 2013
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I loved this book. I hope to be getting some ex-battery chickens in the next few months and as we have recently moved house, I was looking for new ideas and inspiration and this book has not disappointed! The images throughout are beautiful and ideas for whatever your space and budget - you can be as elaborate as you like! I also love that this book is also an appraisal for keeping chickens and how they make such wonderful pets and that they are so much more than just egg makers. I can't wait to keep chickens again as I really miss their antics about the garden and house!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars American in outlook but so what? 20 Feb 2013
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I don't often take the time to review my purchases (there are a LOT - especially in the book department) but I am so happy with this one!

As another reviewer stated, it is indeed American in outlook and there is mention of local regulations etc which would not apply this side of the Pond. However, as far as I am concerned, a garden is pretty much a garden and a chicken pretty much a chicken!

It's a great book to leaf through in bed in the middle of the winter when the wind and rain are howling outside and you can plan/dream of what you are going to do in the Spring.

I have a very small garden which is divided into thirds - the Chicken Garden, the Vegetable Garden and the grassy bit! Having read this book I have decided that instead of segregating my two chooks I will adapt the garden to suit them. The book gives lots of ideas about what to plant which will survive their not-so-tender attentions and ideas for those who want to build their own chicken coop etc.
I am currently working on protecting the veggies from the chickens when I plant them - and the chickens are working hard to rake, weed, debug and fertilise the raised veggie beds.

Sounds like a plan? Works for me and this book is a great help and inspiration - American or not.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I also wish I had had this book when I first started keeping hens 4 years ago, as my first 2 totally trashed my garden! Luckily, I was so in love with chicken keeping by then, I persevered, but this book would have made life so much easier. It is packed full of tips and advice and lots of inspiration. I have just moved house to a bigger garden, so shall be putting lots of this charming little book into practice. I like especially how it shows real owners' gardens and shares their experiences. The sections on robust and chicken-friendly plants are also excellent. Even though it is an American publicaton, nearly all of the plants are ones available in th UK, so please don't let that put you off.
I would recommend this to anyone who keeps, or is thinking of keeping, backyard hens. You can read it cover to cover, or dip in and out. Best book I've bought relating to my hobby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartily recommend this book 29 Nov 2013
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Having hens for the last three years completely wrecked my beautiful garden, but this book suggests a new approach which i have now adopted. I've given up on having a lawn and am filling the area with shrubs etc... which are ignored by my feathered friends. Hopefully, my garden will no longer look like the Somme this Winter.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Help for chicken lovers 16 Feb 2013
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A book full of useful information for those who are keeping a few chickens in the back garden. If you are tearing your hair because the chickens are ruining your beautiful garden, this book is a must. Don't take everything as gospel though. Not all chickens behave in the same way. You still need to experiment with the suggestions given.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 July 2014
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Very helpful
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5.0 out of 5 stars good all round book 31 May 2014
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pics are great. loads of info, recommend for ammeters as it out lines all about keeping chickens and space recommendations building of accommodations
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Good all round book on chickens by a chicken lover. Its only an all-rounder though. One will need further info. But a good starter book for a first timer.
Published 1 month ago by Phil DaCosta
5.0 out of 5 stars very nice book!
Not only does this book have very nice pictures. It is also very informative! I really love it.
Recommended for everyone who loves chickens.
Published 4 months ago by Ima7
2.0 out of 5 stars Not a strong book & lacking in informaton about garden chickens.
Got this book the other week & already the cover is beginning to drop of. Perhaps mine is a dud. This book contains a lot of information about rich people with ridiculously large... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars chickens
Pity that it is written by an American but a lot of the tips still hold good for Britain and it is an easy book to read and dip into as needed.
Published 13 months ago by D. J. Holdsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars A must
A lovely book. Although written for US market, it was full of very useful tips. Full of humour and beautifully illustrated, a must for chicken keepers.
Published 13 months ago by lauragh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent ideas on how to balance a garden and chickens
The book was fun to read and gave excellent ideas on how to keep your chicken family happy as well as your human family. Read more
Published 14 months ago by GrandmaS
5.0 out of 5 stars Cluck Cluck
If you're considering investing in chickens then have a look at this book there's a great deal of useful information
Published 14 months ago by Torphie
5.0 out of 5 stars Chicken Gardens Book
This book is a great read and full of ideas if you want to combine free range chickens and an ornamental garden. The book was well packaged and arrived promptly.
Published 14 months ago by pamela waterworth
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