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    31.

    STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING RABBITS

    BOB BENNETT
    Paperback

    Price: $19.95

    Completely revised and updated, the fourth edition of this classic guide covers everything you need to know about raising rabbits, including breed selection, year-round care and feeding, safe housing,…

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    Completely revised and updated, the fourth edition of this classic guide covers everything you need to know about raising rabbits, including breed selection, year-round care and feeding, safe housing, humane handling, and disease prevention and treatment. New and expanded features include guidelines for showing, updated breed guide photographs and expert advice on marketing.


    32.

    THE ORGANIC FARMING MANUAL

    Ann Larkin Hansen
    Paperback

    Price: $29.95

    Whether you're just starting out or transitioning from traditional farming techniques, Ann Larkin Hansen's The Organic Farming Manual has everything you need to know about growing and marketing organic produce, grains, meat and dairy. Includes detailed information on how to obtain organic certification.


    33.

    STOREY’S GUIDE TO RAISING MINIATURE LIVESTOCK

    Sue Weaver
    Paperback

    Price: $19.95

    This latest addition to Storey's venerable Guide to Raising Series gives you the essential, expert instruction and advice you need to successfully raise miniature livestock. Sue Weaver clearly explain…

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    This latest addition to Storey's venerable Guide to Raising Series gives you the essential, expert instruction and advice you need to successfully raise miniature livestock. Sue Weaver clearly explains the ins and outs of breeding, feeding, housing, diet, nutrition, exercise, disease prevention and treatment and much, much more. Whether you're a new or an experienced farmer, you'll find everything you need to keep your minis healthy and productive.


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    GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD CHICKENS E-BOOK


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    Price: $6.99

    From the rooftop terraces of New York City to the sprawling lawns of rural America, the backyard chicken movement has taken hold and is making a massive impact among city dwellers and country folk ali…

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    From the rooftop terraces of New York City to the sprawling lawns of rural America, the backyard chicken movement has taken hold and is making a massive impact among city dwellers and country folk alike. As the authority on rural know-how, GRIT magazine has long been leading the charge and is now proud to introduce its special Guide to Backyard Chickens.

    At 100 full-color pages, this one-of-a-kind reference book is designed to arm you with all the information needed to enjoy the simple country pleasures of farm-fresh eggs and poultry, straight from your own backyard.

    GRIT's Guide to Backyard Chickens includes an extensive collection of relevant articles, including:

    • Raise a flock from mail-order chicks.
    • Top tips for keeping your flock healthy.
    • What to do with all those delicious eggs: recipes galore.
    • Guide to controlling ticks and other backyard pests.
    • Enjoy fresh eggs all year long.
    • Top tips for keeping your flock safe from predators.
    • Chicken coop and chick brooder plans.
    • How to hatch fertile eggs to replenish the flock.
    • Save money by growing your own meat.
    • Choose the right chicken breed.
    • Raise chickens in the city.


    35.

    THE JOY OF KEEPING FARM ANIMALS

    Laura Childs
    Paperback

    Price: $14.95

    A full-color, accessible primer on starting a backyard barnyard. When the going gets rough, the rough . . . start raising their own food. In the first full-color guide of its kind, author and small fa…

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    A full-color, accessible primer on starting a backyard barnyard. When the going gets rough, the rough . . . start raising their own food. In the first full-color guide of its kind, author and small farm owner Laura Childs reveals exactly what it takes to start raising your own animals, including chickens, geese, goats, sheep, pigs and cows. Childs discusses what you can expect to harvest from your animals — from eggs to milk to meat to wool — based on her own real-life experiences. Whether you want to raise a few chickens for eggs alone, try your hand at a few goats with the aim of making your own cheese, or are looking to sustain your family and make some extra money from raising and selling beef, this is the book for you.

    Childs offers general information for each breed and animal, from how to get started to what to feed and where to house the animals. This invaluable guide is the perfect first book for anyone interested in starting a backyard barnyard or a small farm — or simply dreaming about the idea. 100 color illustrations.

    About the author

    Laura Childs spent 30 years as a self-professed “downtown city girl” before breaking free from urban life when her daughter was born. Her website goodbyecitylife.com chronicles their adventures on her small, self-sustained farm in Ontario, Canada, where she raises goats, chickens, horses and other animals.

    Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, MOTHER EARTH NEWS is recommending books to readers. For 40 years, MOTHER EARTH NEWS has been North America’s “Original Guide to Living Wisely,” creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.


    36.

    THE FIELD GUIDE TO RABBITS

    Samantha Johnson
    Hardcover

    Price: $19.95

    When you are researching rabbits, this first-ever, full-color pocket guidebook to all kinds of rabbits will be a valuable resource in choosing the perfect rabbit.

    This book will help guid…

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    When you are researching rabbits, this first-ever, full-color pocket guidebook to all kinds of rabbits will be a valuable resource in choosing the perfect rabbit.

    This book will help guide you through the maze of rabbit possibilities and arm you with information on all of the 47 breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, as well as provide you with information on their shapes, sizes, colors, fur varieties and more.

    In addition, there is a basic history of rabbits; insights on bunny behavior; coverage of pregnancy, kindling and raising kits; and information about bunny behaviors and tips for showing rabbits.

    Whether you are just starting out or already have years of experience, this guide puts a wealth of information at your fingertips, so that you can quickly identify a rabbit’s breed wherever you happen to be, whether you’re wandering about a country fair, attending a rabbit show or shopping at a pet shop.

    Cuddly house pet, 4-H project or farm animal, the rabbit is a perennial favorite of children and adults across the country. This first-ever, full-color, pocket guidebook is a handy resource for anyone choosing or caring for a rabbit. For those who want to raise rabbits, whether for pleasure or profit, or for the merely curious, there could be no better guide than this thorough, convenient and accessible book.

    The book includes 47 detail-packed breed profiles; highlights of differences in shapes, sizes, colors and fur varieties; insights into bunny behavior; and tips for showing your rabbits.


    37.

    HUMANE LIVESTOCK HANDLING

    TEMPLE GRANDIN
    Paperback

    Price: $24.95

    Learn how to improve the day-to-day operation as well as the profitability of your farm by raising healthier, more contented animals. Temple Grandin, North America's most influential advocate of humane livestock treatment, shares dozens of methods and detailed plans she has developed for low-stress ways to move livestock on pastures, paddocks and feedlot pens. The benefits are great — for you and for your livestock. Well-treated animals, free from fear and pain:

  • Injure themselves less frequently, keeping bruised meat to a minimum
  • Stay healthier, reducing veterinary expenditures
  • Remain calm in most circumstances, keeping human handlers safer
  • Deliver higher yields of marketable meat
  • Answer consumer demand for humanely raised meat
  • Are an indispensable part of efficient, satisfying, ethically managed small farms
  • Humane Livestock Handling includes Grandin's insightful explanations of how her general research into how animals think can be applied to improving any farmer's understanding of livestock behavior and effectiveness in handling animals. The book includes complete construction plans that are applicable for facilities of every size and a wide range of needs, including:

  • Handling systems for ranches
  • Cattle corral systems
  • Sheep and bison corrals
  • Loading ramp details
  • Fences and gates
  • Latches

  • 38.

    STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING DAIRY GOATS, NEW EDITION

    JERRY BELANGER
    Paperback

    Price: $19.95

    Dairy goats are a great choice for the small or backyard dairy farmer. They require a smaller investment than cows and produce milk that is great for making delicious fresh yogurt and cheese. This tho…

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    Dairy goats are a great choice for the small or backyard dairy farmer. They require a smaller investment than cows and produce milk that is great for making delicious fresh yogurt and cheese. This thoroughly revised fourth edition gives you everything you need to know to raise dairy goats, including more information on pygmy goats, updated information on disease diagnosis and treatment, and expanded information on breeding, milking, dairying, and cheese making.


    39.

    STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING DUCKS

    DAVID HOLDERREAD
    Paperback

    Price: $19.95

    Dave Holderread provides the information you need to raise ducks successfully, covering everything from choosing the right breeds (including rare breeds and hybrid ducks) to breeding and rearing pract…

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    Dave Holderread provides the information you need to raise ducks successfully, covering everything from choosing the right breeds (including rare breeds and hybrid ducks) to breeding and rearing practices, feeding, housing, health care, butchering and much more. This thoroughly revised and updated second edition includes coverage of more breeds plus expanded information on facilities for ducklings, health and disease treatment, marketing, record keeping, color genetics and rare breed conservation.


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    STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING PIGS

    KELLY KLOBER
    Paperback

    Price: $19.95

    This trusted resource for new and experienced pig farmers provides authoritative advice on breed selection, housing, humane handling and butchering, disease prevention and treatment, and more. This ne…

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    This trusted resource for new and experienced pig farmers provides authoritative advice on breed selection, housing, humane handling and butchering, disease prevention and treatment, and more. This newly updated third edition includes thorough coverage of green farming methods and an expanded breed guide, including information on rare and heritage breeds.

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