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HOW TO RAISE CHICKENS

Christine Heinrichs
Paperback

Price: $14.96

Whichever comes first for you, the chicken or the egg, this book shows you what to do next. In this hands-on, easy-to-use guidebook, longtime chicken breeder and poultry expert Christine Heinrichs tel…

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Whichever comes first for you, the chicken or the egg, this book shows you what to do next. In this hands-on, easy-to-use guidebook, longtime chicken breeder and poultry expert Christine Heinrichs tells you everything you need to know to raise chickens in your backyard — from laying out the yard and designing a coop to choosing breeds, caring for chicks, egging, sexing and butchering. Whether you’re interested in rare breeds or the garden variety, whether you want to show your chickens or serve them, this brightly illustrated, clearly written guide will prove an indispensable resource.


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THE FAMILY COW HANDBOOK

Philip Hasheider
Paperback

Price: $10.99

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Milking your family cow and experiencing the simple joys that comes with it are explained in this guidebook by veter…

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Milking your family cow and experiencing the simple joys that comes with it are explained in this guidebook by veteran dairy farmer and cheesemaker Phil Hasheider. This book leads you through all the steps needed to make your dream a reality and the processes involved to make your own dairy products. You will learn the practical do’s and don’ts of buying a cow, milking, feeding, and assisting her when she gives birth to a calf. You may not have the experience yet, but time will take care of that as you learn. Your adventure starts here and this book will guide you along your journey with your family cow.

About the Authors:

Philip Hasheider helped to manage his family’s 65-cow dairy for 20 years. He has a dairy science degree from the University of Wisconsin and seven years' experience as a cheesemaker’s assistant. He is the author of several livestock books, including How to Raise Cattle. He lives in Sauk City, Wis.

Photographer Daniel Johnson is a professional photographer specializing in farm imagery. He helps run Fox Hill Farm, a family-owned horse farm. He is the author of the 4-H Guide to Digital Photography. He lives in Phelps, Wis.


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FREE-RANGE CHICKEN GARDENS

Jessi Bloom
Paperback

Price: $19.95

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 …

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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.


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HOW TO RAISE RABBITS

Samantha Johnson
Paperback

Price: $19.99

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Rabbits are wonderful animals to raise, whether as pets or as livestock on a farm. They are especially great as sta…

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Rabbits are wonderful animals to raise, whether as pets or as livestock on a farm. They are especially great as starter animals for children who participate in 4-H or other rabbit shows. But before you embark on owning one of these lovable critters, there’s a lot you need to know; for instance, which of the forty-seven rabbit breeds is best for you? Backed by the National FFA Organization, our acclaimed series of How to Raise guides has helped countless first-time animal owners across the United States confidently care for their new companions. In this freshly updated second edition of How to Raise Rabbits, you’ll find practical advice for raising any number of rabbits in any environment—rural or urban, one rabbit or twenty. Brother-sister writing duo and 4-H alumni Daniel and Samantha Johnson expertly walk you through all the basics on breed types, housing and food requirements, shows, kit care, and general healthcare for the rabbit. With clear and informative instructions, fully illustrated with beautiful how-to photography, How to Raise Rabbits continues to be an essential primer for the newcomer to rabbit care and a classic on any rabbit lover’s bookshelf.


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CHICKEN TRACTOR

Pat Foreman
Paperback

Price: $19.95

The definition of a chicken tractor has evolved to mean employing your chickens skill-sets in a variety of different tasks that benefit you, your garden and yard. The chickens peck and scratch the soi…

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The definition of a chicken tractor has evolved to mean employing your chickens skill-sets in a variety of different tasks that benefit you, your garden and yard. The chickens peck and scratch the soil to clean your beds, eat pest bugs and weed seeds, and fertilize the beds with their manure. Best of all, they provide eggs and meat with that old-fashioned flavor and homegrown goodness.

Expanded, updated and even more detailed. Learn how to raise homestead flocks for eggs, meat and money. Loads of photos and diagrams make important information visual and easy to understand.

Process birds in your backyard with exact, step-by-step explanations. Over 50 processing photos and diagrams—to let you do it right, efficiently and humanely each and every time.

This incredibly popular hands-on book is a grass-roots best seller. It has helped thousands of folks have better gardens and has rekindled an interest in the backyard flocks and heritage breeds of poultry. It has literally, changed the lives of millions of chickens all over the world by taking them out of factory farms, and putting in the gardens where they are happier, more productive and healthier.


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THE NEW HORSE-POWERED FARM

Stephen Leslie
Paperback

Price: $39.95

In an era when fuel is a primary concern, draft horses are seen by many as the solution to small-scale, resilient farming with a closed-loop system. Horses bring farmers back to the roots of what it m…

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In an era when fuel is a primary concern, draft horses are seen by many as the solution to small-scale, resilient farming with a closed-loop system. Horses bring farmers back to the roots of what it means to work the land and presents a viable model for a small farm that lasts, while offering enjoyment for the whole family. This is the first book of its kind, offering wisdom and techniques for using horse power on the small farm or homestead, from longtime horse farmer Stephen Leslie.

The New Horse-Powered Farm sets the stage for incorporating draft power on the farm by presenting tips on getting started with horses, care of the work horse, different horse-training systems, and the merits of different draft breeds. The novice teamster is introduced to the basic tools of horse-drawn tillage and cultivation used for profitable horse-powered farming, with a spotlight on whole-farm management, as well as information on haying with horses, raising small grains, managing the woodlot, farm education, agritourism, and more.

Incorporated throughout are profiles of more than a half-dozen farms that epitomize some exciting new trends in agriculture and highlight the new and old horse-drawn equipment used for profitable market gardening, including contributions directly from the farmers about what works and what doesn't. The novice teamster is introduced to the specifics of horse-drawn tillage and cultivation of the market garden, and using horses in the woodland. Recent studies on the economics of horse-powered market gardening and a comparison between horse-, human- and tractor-powered systems have been included to help round out the picture. The resources section lists contact info for teamster schools, books, draft-animal publications, annual events, equipment manufacturers, parts and repairs, and more. A must-have for any farmer, homesteader, or teamster seeking to work with draft power in a closed-loop farming system.


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CHICKENS: THEIR NATURAL AND UNNATURAL HISTORIES

Janet Lembke
Hardcover

Price: $24.95

Framed by the author's personal experience with backyard hens, Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories explores the history of the chicken from its descent from the dinosaurs to the space-age …

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Framed by the author's personal experience with backyard hens, Chickens: Their Natural and Unnatural Histories explores the history of the chicken from its descent from the dinosaurs to the space-age present. En route, author Janet Lembke surveys chickens in ancient Greece, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the 19th century, and modern times, including the role of chickens in Jewish and Muslim practices. She also investigates the birds' contributions to science and their jaunty appearances in literature. Eggs receive a chapter of their own, as does chicken cuisine, comprising recipes from the Roman Empire to today's favorites. Stories about chickens appear, too, often written by those who keep them, including the painter Grandma Moses, the man who holds Cleveland's Farm Animal Permit No. 17, and Brenda, who had to give her young roosters a talking-to for behaving like sheep.

Chickens have only recently come to a sorry pass in the Western world, where broilers and laying hens are factory-farmed. Lembke investigates the fate of such birds and explores the sustainable, humane alternatives to raising birds for meat and eggs.

A celebration of the chicken in its every aspect, Chickens is sure to delight the chicken fancier, the backyard chicken keeper, and everyone concerned about where our food comes from and how we can treat animals more compassionately.


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BIRD BRAINS

Budd Titlow
Hardcover

Price: $29.95

Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wild…

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Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wildlife biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. Titlow's engaging stories, complemented by vivid images, provide a fascinating compendium of wild bird lore perfectly suited to the 65-million-plus birders across the United States.


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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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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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