Prepper Book Festival 9: Chickens From Scratch

Gaye LevyGaye Levy | Jul 1, 2019

One of my dreams is to someday own a small flock of chickens.  I would tend to the flock myself and have plenty of fresh, wholesome eggs to serve for breakfast, lunch and even dinner.  Thus is the dream and I admit that it is more fantasy than reality.  But heck?  You never know, right?

With that introduction, I present the next entry in  Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival 9.  Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond is a book about raising chickens the old fashioned way.  Sound interesting?

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Janet Garman, the author of Chickens from Scratch, is here to answer a round of interview questions and also to award one lucky reader with a copy of her book.

Enjoy the interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Janet Garman, Author of Chickens From Scratch

Tell me about your book. What is it about?

Chickens from Scratch is a book that walks the new or inexperienced chicken owner through the first year, from hatching or purchasing, up to egg laying and beyond.

The book was designed to cover the basics with out overwhelming the reader with so many what if type scenarios, that they would not want to try raising chickens.  Going back to our roots of backyard chicken keeping, learning what the chicks need to get a good healthy start and how to set up shelter, food, and care routines, is the backbone of the book.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

I used to be part owner of a local feed store.  We carried live chicks for many months of the year.

The book was an answer to many of the types of questions the customers had.  I wanted to make it seem like an attainable goal.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading your book?

My message throughout the book is that sticking to the basics will help you raise the chickens naturally, and they will give you healthy food as a result.

Reminding people that we are really only one or two generations away from people who lived an agrarian lifestyle is an important factor.  We can return to this way of life. It is not hard and not out of reach.  So many people are using chicken keeping as a way to get back in touch with where our food comes from.  Eggs and chicken meat are excellent sources of healthy protein.

How long did it take to write?

Chickens from Scratch took me about a year to write.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I grew up in the suburbs in New Jersey.  No one in  my family was interested in keeping any type of livestock and even vegetable gardening was not a big interest, although my dad did help us plant some tomato plants now and then.  I was determined to learn all I could about farm animals and have a degree in animal science from the University of Maryland.

During the time that my husband and I were raising our children, we decided to use the family property for farming and began our homestead plans.  Our children may not choose this way of life but they were brought up to know how to garden and how to care for livestock.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

As far as prepping for the unknown, we feel being of the homestead mind set, we are prepared for long and short term disruptions in society.  We are largely self sustaining and have the skills necessary to live without conveniences if necessary.

Do you have plans for another book?

I do have plans to finish another more general homesteading book in the next year.  I am also dabbling in some children’s books featuring farming themes.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

I never saw a future with me being a published author!  I am so very grateful for the wonderful reviews and to each person who has purchased a copy of my book.  Being open to the opportunities that God  has to offer can lead to some amazing journeys  through life.  I am always looking for those new paths to test out.

The Giveaway

Janet has reserved a copy of Chickens from Scratch for this Book Festival Giveaway.

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The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.


The Final Word

Owning backyard farm animals,large or small, is a responsibility, and while the rewards can be great, there is also a bit of sacrifice in terms of time, attention, and even money.  Before embarking on such a venture, it is wise to read up and educate yourself.  If you know someone who raises animals for food, take advantage of the knowledge they have and offer to help with the chores so you get a feel for what might be involved.

In addition, if it is chickens you desire, decide up front whether you will be raising chickens for eggs, meat or both.  Then go in with your eyes wide open and embrace this bit of self-sufficiency with gusto.

I hope you will to enter the giveaway to win a copy of Chickens from Scratch.  You will find it easy to read, informative, and the perfect answer to the question “How to raise chickens when you are just getting started.”  In the meantime, I will keep dreaming!

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight: Chickens from Scratch: Raising Your Own Chickens from Hatch to Egg Laying and Beyond

Raising chickens the old-fashioned way will be enjoyable and rewarding once you learn the basics. In Chickens from Scratch you will learn how and where to purchase your chicks, how to house, feed, and care for them, and ultimately how to enjoy the delicious fresh eggs the chickens will provide for your family.

The author, Janet Garman, raises chickens and many other farm animals on their family homestead in Maryland. She and her husband have raised their family and grown their farm while running a family business, being a farm store owner, and teaching chicken-care classes in the community.

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook print version is available.

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42 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 9: Chickens From Scratch”

  1. I have had chickens now for probably 15 years. I love the brown eggs and every day is a new adventure as to what they can get into.

  2. This is great timing on this book. We have talked about trying our hand at chickens next year. As for our dream, that would be semi-retirement with a shift into homesteading more. We moved a few years back so we now have the room to raise a few animals and for a big garden. Now we just need to work the rest of it out so we can cut back on the job hours and spend more time on the homesteading side of it.

  3. I would really like to be (or at least mostly) self sufficient.

  4. Perfect timing for this book, I have been wanting to get some chickens but have no idea how to start! Looking forward to this book!

  5. I grew up with chickens. Was fascinated by them, especially those 300 my grandmother kept. Loved all about them, even the wringing necks, scalding and plucking feathers, etc. Worst part was cleaning that big hen house!!! Our 6 to 8 at home were much more manageable. Hoping to reenter the chicken life soon and have forgotten a lot, this book would definitely would help. Hope to get to the country and have some animals and a big garden soon, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise! Thanks again Gaye.

  6. Chickens are my dream!! There is a running joke in our family where someone will come in the room and say “where’s the chickens!!” I have always wanted them. Ordinances where we live do not allow for them, so I guess part of my dream would be moving to somewhere I could. I will age myself here a little and ask if anyone is old enough to remember that they used to sell chicks at Easter in stores that were dyed Easter colors?? I would keep those chicks alive till they were full grown in our basement!!! Used to drive my parents crazy!

  7. We currently have 5 chickens and they are a hoot! They each have their own personality – something I did not know when we first got them as chicks. It is a learning curve almost every day with them. What they are doing, etc I would love this book to help answer some of the questions I come with daily!

  8. My dream is to live on my own property off the grid and be totally self-sufficient.

  9. I dream of getting chickens back. It has been a few years since we have had chickens around the house. I may have to reduce the predator population first or create a predator resistant cages.

  10. My dream is to have a couple acres and the freedom of no HOA so I can have some chickens and a goat or 3.

  11. This would be great to have. No matter how experienced you are at raising chickens, its nice to be able to verify your information.

  12. I think that chickens are one of the best ways to gain a little self-sufficiency…a nice complement to the garden.

  13. My dream is for my family to take me seriously and to “come onboard” with prepping. Right now, I try to do as much as I can with the budget I have but it’s slow going.

  14. My dream is to have enough medical supplies that I can help other peoples during the big event and after.

    • Start small, I have 2 medical kits that can rival an EMTs. I took my time (about a year) and have everything from band-aids to sutures.

  15. My dream is to have a small cattle ranch for my wife and I to run on our own. We currently ranch with her family, but we’d like to have a place of our own.

  16. My oldest daughter, is looking into raising chickens for the eggs, and for meat. This would help her out greatly. My youngest daughter can’t, because her youngest would turn them into pets only.????

  17. I would like to have a small flock of chickens and be able to care for them well. I would provide for them and they would give me eggs in return.

  18. My sister started with chickens this past spring. I plan to follow her lead next Spring. I’m trying to learn as much as I can before I dive in and this book looks to be just what I need.

  19. Chickens or rabbits, chickens or rabbits???

  20. My mother grew up on a poultry farm. I would love to have the time to raise some chickens.

  21. My own small farm. Daydream about it all the time.

  22. Same thing. I want to have some chickens. We already live on 7 rural acres in the northwoods of Minnesota. We even have an old pump house we can convert into a chicken coop. We just need to get busy and do it!

  23. Our young chickens are just about ready to start laying. I would love to learn more about raising chickens!

  24. I have been wanting to start raising “city chickens” for quite a while, but have a hard time finding the information I need. This book would be wonderful to answer all those questions I have, and maybe get that kid’s playhouse transformed into a chicken house instead!

  25. To be fully off the grid and self supporting. Self supporting meaning being able to trade/barter with others for things or help I may need. One person >can< cut all the firewood they need for the winter, by skimping on other things. But having even one other person to help really speeds the process and gives you time for other things.

  26. My dream would be for my family along with my siblings and their families to live on the same piece of land and be totally off the grid and self sufficient.

    • I know the feeling Robert, but a couple of my siblings have the its mine mentality. Not too sure I can handle that for a long period of time.

  27. I have been looking into chickens, as a few of my neighbors have them. I like the thought of having eggs and meats in a troubled time.

  28. My dream is for my family members to become more involved and each take on a project or skill like raising chickens!

  29. We are looking for an acreage now and one of the first things i want is to build my chicken coop and pick out chickens. I’ve wanted them for a long time and this book would be perfect.

  30. my dream is the same as a lot of people. get a small bit of land. live off the grid, and have friends and family to share it with.

  31. Thanks for the giveaway!!

  32. I did a bit of research, found that I could have chickens in our little ‘burb but not roosters. However, we own a purebred beagle-turned-pet, and I think he’d stress the girls out so much that they wouldn’t produce. So until our beloved pet crosses the rainbow bridge, I will have to continue to dream about having chickens. So I’ll keep buying local eggs, and continue to read and research raising them myself. Janet’s book would be a wonderful resource.

  33. This would be a great source of info! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  34. I have always wanted to own and raise chickens. Up until now I have not been able to as my neighbors own bird dogs that like to eat chickens. However I will be moving in November and plan to get chickens in the spring! I cannot wait!

  35. I have a small flock of chickens. It is my dream to move once my children graduate high school, to a place where I can have a few acres and a large flock of chickens and maybe a goat or two and some rabbits!

  36. I would love to have chickens but living in the city is preventing that for now.

  37. My dream would be to be able to raise chickens, rabbits, and some type of fish through aquaculture or in a pond. That dream isn’t possible as long as we live where we have HOA restrictions. I don’t really want to move, so eventually, maybe there can be a change in the HOA restrictions (You did say dream!).

  38. My dream is to be able to grow most of my own fruits and vegetables. I have been trying for several years now, but my black thumb is a definite hindrance. I will keep trying, though. (I do have chickens!)

  39. Some day I will get back to being able to raise again…

  40. We live on 4 acres at the edge of a small village. We are allowed chickens in the village and are just getting ready to prepare for chickens in the spring. We already have rabbits and had a huge garden this year.


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