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111.

THE BACKYARD CHICKEN BOOK: A BEGINNER'S GUIDE

H. Lee Schwanz
Paperback

Price: $16.95

A small flock of poultry can supply all of the eggs your family needs during the year. And, after your hens have completed their egg-laying days, there will be meat for barbecuing or roasting. Luckily…

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A small flock of poultry can supply all of the eggs your family needs during the year. And, after your hens have completed their egg-laying days, there will be meat for barbecuing or roasting. Luckily, a small flock takes a relatively small amount of space and is easy to manage.

If your family is among the growing number interested in raising chickens for eggs or meat, The Backyard Chicken Book contains all the essential information for hatching, brooding, rearing, and managing family-sized poultry flocks. The first step in deciding on a family flock is determining what breed will work best for your needs. For example, you can go with a laying breed that produces top-quality eggs but provides little meat, such as the White Leghorn. Or, you could select a dual-purpose Rhode Island Red or New Hampshire that provides fewer eggs but much better meat. In addition to helping you select your type, this handy guide will also tell you what you need to know about:

  • Providing housing for home poultry flocks
  • Rearing the laying flock pullets
  • Managing laying problems
  • Fighting pests and disease
  • Raising other poultry such as ducks, turkeys, geese, bantams and guinea fowl
Enhanced with full-color photos and dozens of illustrations, The Backyard Chicken Book is the perfect guide for the first-time poultry raiser.


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STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING TURKEYS, 3RD EDITION

Don Schrider
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Here is everything you need to know to raise turkeys successfully, from selecting the right breeds to housing, feeding, breeding, health care, marketing, and much more. This all-new edition of the bes…

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Here is everything you need to know to raise turkeys successfully, from selecting the right breeds to housing, feeding, breeding, health care, marketing, and much more. This all-new edition of the best-selling classic covers a wide range of breeds, humane raising practices, pastured feeding methods, organic certification standards, and on-farm processing guidelines.


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THE RABBIT-RAISING PROBLEM SOLVER

Karen Patry
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Whether you're raising your rabbits as pets or for meat, you need solid, accurate, easy-to-access information to keep your animals healthy and happy. This Q&A resource from expert Karen Patry has the answers to all your questions about everything from housing and feeding to breeding, kindling, health and disease, behavior, and more. Whether you're raising one pet rabbit or running a commercial rabbit farm, this accessible guide is the resource you need.


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BEYOND THE CHICKEN

Kelly Klober
Paperback

Price: $24.00

In this book, poultry-expert Kelly Klober explores the world of poultry beyond the chicken. Filled with humorous personal anecdotes and practical advice on feeding, housing, pricing and marketing, thi…

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In this book, poultry-expert Kelly Klober explores the world of poultry beyond the chicken. Filled with humorous personal anecdotes and practical advice on feeding, housing, pricing and marketing, this book is a must-read for any lover of poultry, especially the small farmer seeking an alternative to the ubiquitous chicken.


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ORGANIC FARMING

Peter Fossel
Paperback

Price: $24.99

Organic Farming is the seed you need to get your organic farm growing. This essential guidebook explains everything you need to know to begin and maintain a healthy, productive and profitable organic …

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Organic Farming is the seed you need to get your organic farm growing. This essential guidebook explains everything you need to know to begin and maintain a healthy, productive and profitable organic farm, from organic certification to planting crops to marketing your produce. If you're thinking of starting an organic farm or making the transition to organics, you're in good company. The market for organic food increases every year, as does the number of organic producers: In the past two decades, the number of organic farms and businesses has more than tripled. And whether you're growing crops or raising animals, you'll need some helpful advice as you get started. Organic Farming can help … its pages are full of inspiring and educational wisdom from author Peter V. Fossel, who has farmed organically for more than 25 years. Find out how to farm without pesticides, how to find your way through the rules and regulations surrounding organic certification, and how to develop a marketing strategy. A list of resources also points the way to other books, websites and organizations that focus on organic farming, including state standards. Organic Farming is the ideal practical handbook to fulfilling your dreams.


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ALL FLESH IS GRASS

Gene Logsdon
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Amid mad cow scares and consumer concerns about how farm animals are bred, fed and raised, many farmers and homesteaders are rediscovering the traditional practice of pastoral farming. Grasses, clover…

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Amid mad cow scares and consumer concerns about how farm animals are bred, fed and raised, many farmers and homesteaders are rediscovering the traditional practice of pastoral farming. Grasses, clovers and forbs are the natural diet of cattle, horses and sheep, and are vital supplements for hogs, chickens and turkeys. Consumers increasingly seek the health benefits of meat from animals raised in green paddocks instead of in muddy feedlots.

In All Flesh Is Grass: The Pleasures and Promises of Pasture Farming, Gene Logsdon explains that well-managed pastures are nutritious and palatable; they’re virtual salads for livestock. Leafy pastures also hold the soil, foster biodiversity, and create lovely landscapes. Grass farming might be the solution for a stressed agricultural system based on an industrial model and propped up by federal subsidies.

In his clear and conversational style, Logsdon explains historically effective practices and new techniques. His warm, informative profiles of successful grass farmers offer inspiration and ideas. His narrative is enriched by his own experience as a “contrary farmer” on his artisan-scale farm near Upper Sandusky, Ohio.

All Flesh Is Grass will have broad appeal to the sustainable commercial farmer, the home-food producer and all consumers who care about their food.


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A KID'S GUIDE TO KEEPING CHICKENS

Melissa Caughey
Paperback

Price: $16.95

Chickens make wonderful pets, and Melissa Caughey (author of the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest) provides all the information kids need to raise healthy chickens and have tons of fun doing it! Caughe…

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Chickens make wonderful pets, and Melissa Caughey (author of the award-winning blog Tilly’s Nest) provides all the information kids need to raise healthy chickens and have tons of fun doing it! Caughey shares her advice in an engaging way so that kids understand what it means to keep chickens and what kind of housing, food, equipment, and care the chickens will need to thrive. She also suggests lots of creative activities sure to spark enthusiasm and imagination, such as speaking chicken, creating a veggie piñata for the flock, and making a chicken fort in the backyard. She even offers 10 egg-centric recipes that kids will love to make and eat, including French toast, egg drop soup, and Mexican egg pizza. A colorful pull-out poster completes the book!


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THE SECRET LANGUAGE OF ANIMALS

Janine Benyus
Paperback

Price: $22.95

In The Secret Language of Animals, biologist Janine Benyus takes us inside the animal kingdom and shows us the whys and hows behind the distinctive behavior of creatures great and small in their natur…

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In The Secret Language of Animals, biologist Janine Benyus takes us inside the animal kingdom and shows us the whys and hows behind the distinctive behavior of creatures great and small in their natural environments.

Divided geographically into five sections—Africa, Asia, North America, the oceans, and the poles—the book examines and describes the behavior, body language, and patterns of communication of 20 different animals: the gorilla, lion, African elephant, plains zebra, black rhinoceros, giraffe, ostrich, greater flamingo, Nile crocodile, giant panda, peacock, Komodo monitor, bottlenose dolphin, California sea lion, gray wolf, bald eagle, sandhill crane, beluga whale, polar bear, and Adélie penguin.

For each animal, Benyus describes and explains basic behaviors (locomotion, feeding, drinking, bathing, grooming, sleeping), communication behavior (greeting, social play, group defense, conflict, aggression/submission, fighting, courtship, copulation), and parenting behavior (birth, care and feeding, teaching, communal care).

The book is illustrated throughout with tender yet precise line drawings that beckon us to the animals and vividly capture everything from changing facial expressions to nurturing postures to playful and aggressive interactions. The text, too, is both intimate and informative, allowing for a deep connection with, and a great admiration for, each one of the animals.


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GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD CHICKENS, 6TH EDITION


Paperback

Price: $6.99

You don’t need acres of land to raise and maintain a healthy flock of chickens. All you need is your own backyard! The sixth edition of the GritGuide to Backyard Chickens contains more than 51 keys to…

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You don’t need acres of land to raise and maintain a healthy flock of chickens. All you need is your own backyard! The sixth edition of the Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens contains more than 51 keys to keeping a healthy, productive flock, plus do-it-yourself housing plans, tips for caring for chickens in the winter, instructions for protecting your flock from predators and disease, and much more.

Filled with articles covering a wide variety of topics to help get a backyard chicken flock started, this 100-page guide includes helpful tips and advice on maintaining your cluckers. Read how to raise your chickens for meat, from pasture to freezer. Discover which heritage breed chickens are best for laying eggs. Have more chicken meat and eggs than you know what to do with? Try new recipes that turn your excess into delicious dishes. Learn do-it-yourself projects on how to build your own chicken tractor and chicken plucker.

Other articles include:

  • Chicken Brooder in a Box: An easy-to-make shelter for growing chicks has a few other benefits, too.
  • Deboning a Chicken: In preparation for making chicken sausage, Jennifer Sartell demonstrates how to debone a home-raised chicken.
  • Build a Weatherproof, Pest-Proof Chicken Feeder: Feed your flock without encouraging mold or supporting the local mouse and starling population.
  • Deep Litter Management: Pile on the mulch for great compost and better chicken health in the coop.
  • Duck, Duck, Goose!: Heritage ducks and geese can provide benefits around the farm that other poultry cannot.


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GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD RABBITS, 4TH EDITION


Paperback

Price: $6.99

Raising rabbits has never been easier with the help the new GritGuide to Backyard Rabbits, 4th edition. This guide has more than 43 keys to raising happy, healthy rabbits along with helpful advice to …

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Raising rabbits has never been easier with the help the new Grit Guide to Backyard Rabbits, 4th edition. This guide has more than 43 keys to raising happy, healthy rabbits along with helpful advice to find the breed for you, instructions for keeping rabbits out of your garden, advice on how to build the best hutches and equipment, and so much more.

Read about the necessary tools, equipment and routines it requires to keep healthy rabbits. Discover the basic bunny diet, and how feeding your rabbits a healthy mixture of pellets, hay and a few treats will keep them happy and strong. Learn how to ban bunnies from your garden by building a safe, simple and humane trap to keep uninvited critters out of your garden. Rabbit housing plans are included for a good weekend do-it-yourself project.

Other articles include:

  • An Introduction to Rabbit Breeds: Ask yourself why raising bunnies is a priority, and then consider the many beautiful and cuddly, exotic and common varieties.
  • Rabbits as Food: When the first cute and cuddly kit arrived, worry set in about processing day.
  • The Rabbit House: If you’re more of a hands-off animal husband, keeping rabbits together in a colony – rather than in individual cages – may appeal to you.
  • Permaculture Principles for Rabbits: A couple of rabbit aficionados contemplate ways to keep rabbits in captivity, though in a more natural setting.
  • Calming the Rascally Rabbit: Discover the many activities you and your furry friends can do together for a healthier, more enjoyable experience.

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