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

By Jessi Bloom

Photographs by Kate Baldwin

If your garden fantasies involve chickens, Jessi Bloom ... is here to make those dreams come true. Bloom's clever book ... is an expert guide for the untutored.

New York Times Book Review

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.


Media reviews

"If your garden fantasies involve chickens, Jessi Bloom ... is here to make those dreams come true. Bloom's clever book ... is an expert guide for the untutored."

—Dominique Browning, New York Times Book Review

"A great basic guide for first-time chicken owners and chicken owner wannabes."

—Kylee Baumle, Horticulture

"Solves the dilemma of having free-range chickens and a vegetable garden."

—Kym Pokorny, Oregonian

"Exquisitely produced and artfully photographed."

—Brigid Gaffikin, San Francisco Chronicle

"Numerous illustrations, full-color photos, charts and tables, garden layouts, and useful tips ... offer a wealth of practical advice."


"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."

Backyard Poultry Magazine

"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."

NW Edible.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."

Small Town Living.com

"Well-written and would be a true asset to every chicken owner. This book has now become one of my favorite chicken books."


"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."


"One of the coolest books I have had the privilege of reviewing."

—Sara Thompson, ReadingAllYearLong.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."

Spinning Alpaca Yarns.com

"A manifesto on the many ways to pamper your hens — with plants for foraging and shelter, rain-fed water bowls and eco-friendly lawns."


"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."

—Genevieve Schmidt, American Gardener

"Everything you want to know about gardening with chickens ... is here."

—Amy Stewart, Garden Rant

"A comprehensive guide from mating to medicine that will particularly help beginners. ... Bloom makes a persuasive case."

Publishers Weekly

"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."

Belfast Republican Journal

"Essential guide that will bring your dream home to roost."

Natural Home and Garden

"The only book I have seen that tells you exactly how you can have your chickens and your garden too."

Living Homegrown.com

"Jessi's approach is unique in that she's a landscape designer and a chicken owner."

—Annette Cottrell, Sustainable Eats.com

"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."


"Tackles the very fear that keeps so many from the enjoyment of raising their own backyard flock."


"Dispenses good, commonsense advice."


"As lush and inspiring as the chicken paradise featured on the front."


"A fun new book."

—Valerie Easton, Plant Talk

About the author

Jessi Bloom

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.

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