Did you know that poultry can be raised in fairly small spaces? Learn how to keep backyard chickens with these poultry farming books.

  • HATCHING & BROODING YOUR OWN CHICKS

    If you want to incubate, hatch and brood chicks yourself, rather than buying them from a hatchery, this is the guide you need. Poultry authority Gail Damerow explains exactly how to hatch healthy baby chickens, ducklings, goslings, turkey poults and guinea keets, addressing everything from selecting a breed and choosing the best incubator to ensuring proper setup and sanitary conditions, understanding embryo development, and feeding and caring for newborn chicks in a brooder.

    Item: 6584
  • HENTOPIA

    Keep chickens with less work and more joy! Free yourself from the burden of daily hen-tending tasks, and go on vacation without worrying about your flock. How? Turn your backyard into a hentopia: a chicken habitat that keeps your flock safe, clean, fed, and entertained, with less work left over for you. From the Vending Machine Feeder to the Refilling Rainwaterer, author Frank Hyman’s innovative building projects are designed to save time and money while taking the best care of your chickens.

    Item: 9358
  • HOBBY FARM ANIMALS

    A single information-packed volume with everything a hobby farmer needs to know about farm animals, this new, comprehensive manual to selecting, caring for and breeding livestock brings forth the expertise of six hobby farmers, each of whom has real-life on-the-farm experience with the animals she discusses. With exhaustive detail, the authors offer complete coverage of chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, cattle, pigs and rabbits, including the housing, health care, special needs, advantages and challenges of each.

    Item: 7781
  • HOME POULTRY PROCESSING KIT

    Everything needed to process birds at home! Just supply a stock pot for scalding. Recommended for folks with just a few birds to process in the backyard.

    Kit includes:

    • Medium killing cone, 12 inches in length, 9.5 inches wide
    • Poultry sticker knife, 7 inches long (blade length: 3 inches)
    • Plastic shackle, 26 inches long, 6 inches wide

    Item: 8855
  • HOW TO SPEAK CHICKEN

    Best-selling author Melissa Caughey knows that backyard chickens are like any favorite pet — fun to spend time with and fascinating to observe. Her hours among the flock have resulted in this quirky, irresistible guide packed with firsthand insights into how chickens communicate and interact, use their senses to understand the world around them, and establish pecking order and roles within the flock. Combining her up-close observations with scientific findings and interviews with other chicken enthusiasts, Caughey answers unexpected questions such as Do chickens have names for each other? How do their eyes work? and How do chickens learn?

    Item: 8639
  • HUMANE LIVESTOCK HANDLING

    Discover how humanely handling your livestock can improve the day-to-day operation and profitability of your farm. Stressing the importance of understanding livestock behavior, Temple Grandin shows you how to develop a respectful working relationship with your animals to promote their health and productivity. With detailed construction plans for animal-friendly facilities of all sizes and dozens of low-stress methods for moving your livestock on pastures, padlocks, and feedlot pens, this guide has everything you need to know to create a comfortable atmosphere for thriving, happy livestock.

    Item: 4633
  • Modern Homesteader's Guide to Keeping Geese

    While chickens preen in the spotlight, geese are the historic unsung heroes of small farms and homesteads. Providing weed control, large eggs, and entertainment, and acting as "security" over other animals, geese are the ultimate modern homesteading companion. The Modern Homesteader's Guide to Keeping Geese covers everything you need to know to raise geese, including: •Profiles of breeds and how to select the best one for your needs •How to "imprint" goslings on a person •Feeding, housing, animal health, and cold weather care •Using geese for weed control, soil improvement, and as "watch-geese" •Cooking with goose eggs and meat Additional coverage includes a look at the rich history of geese on farms in North America and Europe that will enhance any goose keeper's enjoyment of these intelligent and unique birds. This practical guide is a must-have essential for the kitchen table of homesteaders, small farmers, permaculturists, and professional farmers looking to add the power of geese to their land.

    Item: 8498
  • MOTHER EARTH NEWS GARDEN TO TABLE SET

    Growing and preparing your own fresh, healthy food for your table is simpler than ever with the Garden to Table Set. Mother Earth News and Capper’s Farmer have compiled five special guides to get you growing, raising and cooking your own organic food. Learn everything about organic gardening and raising chickens, growing and cooking with herbs, and how to bake and cook all the foods you’ve grown.

    This set includes:

    Mother Earth News Guide to Organic Gardening
    There is so much benefit to an organic garden, and with this guide, you’ll learn all the hacks to produce your own. These articles will teach you how to maintain a weedless organic garden, how to store fresh vegetables, how to transplant your garden, and how you can build better soil with (free!) organic fertilizer, among other valuable articles.

    Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food
    Growing your food is so much more than having a garden. Learn how to naturally produce everything you put on the table with the 7th Edition of Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Your Own Food. Articles include information on how to raise chickens for meat, keep bees naturally, get the best eggs from your backyard chickens, grow amazing tomatoes in your own backyard, and more! With this guide, get 35 tips, tricks and recipes to help you eat better and save money.

    Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Herbs
    With Mother Earth News Guide to Growing Herbs, you’ll get 109+ tips for growing all kinds of herbs for healing and cooking. Keep fresh herbs year-round with articles about organic gardening and indoor winter herb gardens. Learn hacks to grow the freshest, most bountiful herbs in the best climates and soil and how to store these herbs for use throughout the year. Includes 18 recipes for using your favorite herbs.

    Mother Earth News Guide to Cooking with Herbs
    After you’ve grown your own herbs at home, learn how to use them with Mother Earth News Guide to Cooking with Herbs for flavorful recipes and tips. With 99+ tips and 75+ recipes, this guide is full of everything herb. Learn how to grow, harvest, and dry herbs and spices, create beverages and seasoning blends, and learn uses for mint, basil, dill, horseradish and more.

    Capper’s Farmer Guide to Cooking from Scratch
    Ditch the over-processed, store-bought meals and treats from the grocery store and learn how to make your own fresh, delicious meals from scratch! Put it all together with the last guide in the set with the fresh ingredients you’ve already learned to grow and store. Cook and bake from scratch with this guide with articles teaching you how to churn butter, bake bread, freeze garden produce, bake sweet or savory pies, make pickles and sauerkraut, and many more with Capper’s Farmer Cooking from Scratch.

    Item: 8333
  • PERMANET® PLUS 12/48/3 STARTER KIT (GREEN)

    Contain and protect your chickens in the backyard or on the pasture with this complete fence system. Choose this kit if you plan to move the fence once per season (or less often.) Effective for all types of poultry. 48" tall.

    The mesh portion of PermaNet® is exactly the same as PoultryNet®. But it has stronger, larger posts—each with longer, larger steel ground spikes. That enables it to resist sagging and withstand the effects of wind, rain, ice and snow much better than normal netting. It’s a “less worries” option.

    Starter kit includes these essentials:

    • 100 ft roll of 48" PermaNet® Plus double spike electric netting
    • 4 48" FiberTuff™ support posts
    • Solar IntelliShock® 60 fence energizer
    • 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8342
  • POPULAR POULTRY BREEDS

    Popular Poultry Breeds examines 40 popular breeds of chickens and bantams. Most breeds exist in several plumage color varieties, and in large and bantam (miniature) size versions, all of which are also included in this comprehensive book.

    Item: 6972
  • POULTRY BREEDS: THE POCKET GUIDE TO 104 ESSENTIAL BREEDS

    Poultry Breeds is a fresh field guide of feathered friends with stunning photos highlighting the beauty and unique attributes of 104 chicken, duck, goose, and turkey breeds. Each profile outlines the bird’s history, physical characteristics, and common uses, with specially noted fun facts sprinkled throughout. This pocket-size, browsable guide is easy to use, and author Carol Ekarius knows her birds: She has been writing about livestock for nearly 20 years and has raised her own for decades.

    Item: 8162
  • POULTRYNET® PLUS 12/42/3 STARTER KIT (BLACK/WHITE)

    Everything you need in one convenient package to temporarily fence poultry in the backyard or on the pasture. 42" tall.

    Choose this starter kit if you plan to move the fence daily/weekly and have heavy breeds such as Orpingtons and Wyandottes. Kit includes these essentials:

    • 100 ft roll of 42" PoultryNet® Plus double spike electric netting
    • 4 42" FiberTuff™ support posts
    • Solar IntelliShock® 60 fence energizer
    • 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8337
  • POULTRYNET® PLUS 12/48/3 KITS (BLACK/GREEN)

    The Poultry Net Plus 12/48/3 Kit is a 48-inch electrifiable prefabricated fence. To charge it, you can purchase the Hot Shock PRS-B 50 Solar Energizer Kit (item #8020).Each post includes a small, steel spike, to insert into the ground for support. This version of the fence is black and green.

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8021
  • POULTRYNET® PLUS 12/48/3 KITS (BLACK/WHITE)

    The Poultry Net Plus 12/48/3 Kit is a 48-inch electrifiable prefabricated fence. To charge it, you can purchase the Hot Shock PRS-B 50 Solar Energizer Kit (item #8020).Each post includes a small, steel spike, to insert into the ground for support. This version of the fence is black and white.

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8022
  • POULTRYNET® PLUS 12/48/3 STARTER KIT (BLACK/WHITE)

    Everything you need in one convenient package to temporarily fence poultry in the backyard or on the pasture. 48" tall.

    Choose this starter kit if you plan to move the fence daily/weekly and have light or flighty breeds such as Leghorns and Buttercups. Kit includes these essentials:

    • 100 ft roll of 48" PoultryNet® Plus double spike electric netting
    • 4 48" FiberTuff™ support posts
    • Solar IntelliShock® 60 fence energizer
    • 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8339
  • POULTRYNET® PLUS 12/48/3 STARTER KIT (GREEN)

    Everything you need in one convenient package to temporarily fence poultry in the backyard or on the pasture. 48" tall.

    Choose this starter kit if you plan to move the fence daily/weekly and have light or flighty breeds such as Leghorns and Buttercups. Kit includes these essentials:

    • 100 ft roll of 48" PoultryNet® Plus double spike electric netting
    • 4 48" FiberTuff™ support posts
    • Solar IntelliShock® 60 fence energizer
    • 5-Light Wireless Fence Tester

    This item is available for shipment to USA addresses only.

    Item: 8340
  • PROVEN TECHNIQUES FOR KEEPING HEALTHY CHICKENS

    Beginning and intermediate chicken keepers don’t need to spend hours poring through extensive manuals and thick books, because Carissa Bonham has boiled down chicken-keeping basics into 101 easy-to-understand and easy-to-apply tips, tricks, and chicken hacks.

    Item: 9376
  • PURE POULTRY

    Houdan. Nankin. Indian Runner. Narragansett. These may sound like exotic place names or unusual varieties of produce, but each actually refers to one of the many hundreds of lesser-known poultry breeds that tempt the livestock owner who's prepared to venture into less-familiar territory. Providing an alternative to commercial breeds and hybrids, heritage breeds each boast their own unique characteristics and personality traits, and are a valuable (and entertaining) addition to a sustainable food system.

    Pure Poultry is the first book in nearly 100 years to focus specifically on heritage breeds of chickens, turkeys and ducks and their role in a self-reliant lifestyle. This timely, beautifully illustrated resource includes:

    • Detailed guidelines on everything from housing, breeding and day-to-day care to processing, cooking and preserving
    • Much-needed information on using heritage breeds for egg and meat production
    • Tips, inspiration, recommended reading and additional resources
    • A unique planning worksheet that simplifies the process of starting out with poultry

    Brimming with quiet humor, Pure Poultry is an immensely readable how-to and why-to resource. Based entirely on her personal experience, author Victoria Redhed Miller includes plenty of lessons learned the hard way. Pure Poultry shows how heritage-breed poultry can enhance and deepen anyone's quality of life, whether you have a farm, a small backyard, or a neighbor with space to share.

    Item: 6848
  • SILVOPASTURE

    The concept of silvopasture challenges our notions of both modern agriculture and land use. For centuries, European settlers of North America have engaged in practices that separate the field from the forest, and even the food from the animal. Silvopasture systems integrate trees, animals, and forages in a whole-system approach that offers a number of benefits to the farmer and the environment. Such a system not only offers the promise of ecological regeneration of the land, but also an economical livelihood and even the ability to farm extensively while buffering the effects of a changing climate: increased rainfall, longer droughts, and more intense storm events.

    Silvopasture, however, involves more than just allowing animals into the woodlot. It is intentional, steeped in careful observation skills and flexible to the dynamics of such a complex ecology. It requires a farmer who understands grassland ecology, forestry, and animal husbandry. The farmer needn’t be an expert in all of these disciplines, but familiar enough with them to make decisions on a wide variety of time scales. A silvopasture system will inevitably look different from year to year, and careful design coupled with creativity and visioning for the future are all part of the equation.

    Item: 8952
  • STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING CHICKENS

    Everything you need to know to raise one chicken or 100. Here is all the information you need to successfully raise chickens — from choosing breeds and hatching chicks to building coops, keeping the birds healthy, and protecting them from predators. This revised third edition contains a new chapter on training chickens and understanding their intelligence, expanded coverage of hobby farming, and up-to-date information on chicken health issues, including avian influenza and fowl first aid.

    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.

    Item: 1584

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