• MOTHER EARTH NEWS RAISE BACKYARD BEES

    In recent years, as increasing factors threaten the world’s honeybees, beekeeping has gained new interest and new respect. Mother Earth News has joined in the fight to save the honeybee and other pollinators, and in these pages you will find advice, tips, and personal experiences from novice to expert beekeepers from every walk of life and from every corner of the country.

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  • RAISE BACKYARD CHICKENS

    By: Mother Earth News

    Whether you live on 1,000 acres or 1,000 square feet, there’s plenty of room in your backyard for a flock of chickens. Join the chicken revolution today and be prepared to reap a lifetime of benefits that goes far beyond the enjoyment and the eggs.

    In the pages that follow, we help get you started with everything from incubating fertile eggs to receiving and raising day-old chicks to building a chicken coop to keeping your birds safe and healthy. We’ve even outlined a 9-step process to help you promote legalization of backyard bird-keeping in your city or town. You’ll find top-notch advice on how to protect your flock from predators, produce the healthiest eggs, and so much more. And if your interest is in cooking with eggs and/or chicken, we have you covered.

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  • 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.

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  • THE CHICKEN WHISPERER'S GUIDE TO ZERO-WASTE CHICKEN KEEPING

    This essential guide collects the Chicken Whisperer’s personal tips, tricks, and suggestions for reducing waste, repurposing materials, and recycling everything else. With this book, chicken keepers will save money, improve production, support sustainability, and use fewer resources overall.

    With the Chicken’s Whisperer’s step-by-step insights and how-to secrets, your life with chickens will be more fruitful, less expensive, and better for the planet.

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  • THE THINKING BEEKEEPER

    What's the buzz about the growing popularity of backyard beekeeping? Providing habitat for bees, pollinating your garden and producing honey for your family are some of the compelling reasons for taking up this exciting hobby. But conventional beekeeping requires a significant investment and has a steep learning curve. The alternative? Consider beekeeping outside the box.

    The Thinking Beekeeper is the definitive do-it-yourself guide to natural beekeeping in top bar hives. Based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems as opposed to trying to subvert them, the advantages of this approach include:

    • simplicity, sustainability and cost-effectiveness
    • increased safety, because of less heavy lifting and hive manipulation
    • chemical-free colonies and healthy hives

    Top bar hives can be located anywhere bees have access to forage, and they make ideal urban hives because of their small footprint. Emphasizing the intimate connection between our food systems, bees and the well-being of the planet, The Thinking Beekeeper will appeal to the new breed of beekeeper who is less focused on maximizing honey yield and more on ensuring the viability of the bee population now and in the coming years.

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  • TURN THIS BOOK INTO A BEEHIVE

    Turn This Book into a Beehive! teaches kids all about the fascinating world of bees. The fun exercises, activities, and illustrations engage their imagination and offer a deeper understanding of bee life and bee behavior. By following a few simple steps (including removing the book’s cover and taping it together), readers can transform the book into an actual living home for backyard bees. This book lets kids make a difference in the world: Building a home where bees can thrive is one small but critical step in reversing the alarming trend of dwindling bee populations.

    For ages 8-12.

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  • BEES, BUGS AND BUTTERFLIES

    Get an up-close look at the buzzing, fluttering, and squirming life teeming in your garden. Bees, Bugs & Butterflies explores the world of pollinators: the bugs that help plants thrive. Discover ways to attract the fascinating creatures that pollinate your fruits and vegetables, control pests and diseases, and even get rid of your organic trash. Learn how to create an environment friendly to butterflies, bees, ants, and bats; build habitats for garden allies like ladybugs and lacewings; and gain an appreciation for the complex food web right outside your door.

    For ages 4-8.

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  • 100 PLANTS TO FEED THE BEES

    The international bee crisis is threatening our global food supply, but this user-friendly field guide shows what you can do to help protect our pollinators. The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation offers browsable profiles of 100 common flowers, herbs, shrubs, and trees that attract bees, butterflies, moths, and hummingbirds. The recommendations are simple: sow seeds for some plants — such as basil, rhododendron, and blueberries — and simply don’t mow down abundant native species, including aster, goldenrod, and milkweed. 100 Plants to Feed the Bees will empower homeowners, landscapers, apartment dwellers — anyone with a scrap of yard or a window box — to protect our pollinators.

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  • 50 DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS FOR KEEPING CHICKENS

    Get ready to jump into the world of chickens, one DIY project at a time. Owning and raising chickens doesn't have to be an expensive hobby. With imagination, simple tools, and salvaged or bargain materials, you can make everything your flock needs for their health and safety.

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  • A KID'S GUIDE TO KEEPING CHICKENS

    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.

    For ages 8-12.

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  • ADVANCED TOP BAR BEEKEEPING

    Bee populations are plummeting worldwide. Colony collapse disorder poses a serious threat to many plants that rely on bees for pollination, including a significant proportion of our food crops. Top bar hives are based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems, enabling top bar beekeepers to produce honey and natural wax while helping bees thrive now and in the years ahead.

    Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping picks up where author Christy Hemenway’s The Thinking Beekeeper left off, providing a wealth of information for backyard beekeepers ready to take the next step with this economical, bee-friendly approach. Hemenway shares:

    • Guidance and techniques for the second season and beyond
    • An in-depth analysis of the dangers climate change and conventional agriculture present to pollinators
    • An inspiring vision of restoring bee populations through organic farming and natural, chemical-free beekeeping

    While continuing to emphasize the intimate connection between our food system, bees, and the well-being of the planet, Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping breaks new ground in the quest to shift the dominant agricultural paradigm away from chemical-laden, industrial monoculture and toward healthy, diverse local farming. See what all the buzz is about with this must-read guide for the new breed of thinking beekeeper.

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  • BACKYARD CHICKENS BEYOND THE BASICS

    A must-have for every backyard chicken keeper, Backyard Chickens Beyond the Basics goes beyond introductory lessons and explores the realities of raising a flock for eggs -- and entertainment, of course! From odd eggs and molting to feeding and preparing for the seasons, this book covers the subjects beginner books don't adequately address and re-examines common knowledge that may not actually hold true. It's a resource to turn to time and again for expert advice to make sure your birds are happy, healthy, and productive.

    Author Pam Freeman, an editor and "Ask the Expert" columnist at Backyard Poultry magazine, draws on her years of experience fielding reader questions to identify and clearly explain many common - and some not-so-common - issues in chicken keeping. How do you add new chickens to your flock? What is the pecking order and how can you change or control it? Is it better to raise chicks by hand or with a broody hen? What do you do when you collect eggs and discover: lash eggs, calcium deposits, soft eggs, eggs within eggs, or wrinkled eggs? In Backyard Chickens Beyond the Basics, readers will find not just answers, but a book full of "coop truth" that helps them continue on their journey. Because as every chicken owner knows: Chickens are individuals and real-life chicken keeping often takes you far from the beaten path.

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  • BARNYARD KIDS

    Would you like to start your child on a journey of self-reliance and love of the outdoors?

    A sustainable source of ideas to help your children learn the ins and outs of animal husbandry, Barnyard Kids encourages children to get outside, enjoy nature and reap the benefits of their hard work.

    This fun and creative book by Dina Rudick will guide your family through fun opportunities, learning about keeping chickens, milking cows and rearing sheep.

    It's time to get your little farmhands dirty. Help them grow to be self-sufficient, happy and healthy!

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  • BEEKEEPER'S LAB

    If you keep bees or are interested in keeping bees, Beekeeper's Lab is the book for you. Filled with 52 beekeeping and hive-inspired projects to keep you involved with your bees and hive all year long. The tutorials are brief, accomplishable, and rewarding. Try a new technique each week with how-tos and sidebars with tips that are perfect for including the whole family. Beekeeping a fun and educational for the whole family to enjoy and is a highly impressive skill to possess!

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  • BEYOND LABELS

    If you are overwhelmed by conflicting diet advice, or you don’t know where to start and who to trust, Beyond Labels will help you figure out what to put on your plate. Joel Salatin, a farmer who is blazing the trail for regenerative farm practices, and Sina McCullough, a nutrition doctor who actually understands unpronounceable carbon chains, bring you on a journey from generally unhealthy food and farming to an ultimately healing place.

    Through compelling discussions and humor, they share practical and easily doable tips including: what to eat, how to find it and prepare it, how to save money and time in the kitchen, and how to stay true to your principles in our modern culture. Whether you are just starting your health journey or you grow all of your own food, this book is designed to meet you where you are and motivate you to take the next step in your healing journey–ultimately brining you close to health, happiness, and freedom.

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  • BUILD YOUR OWN BEEKEEPING EQUIPMENT

    Beekeeping equipment is expensive, but it's easy to make your own! Tony Pisano's step-by-step illustrated instructions show you how to build everything you need, including hive bodies, supers, covers, hive stands, frames, swarm catchers, feeders, and more. You can choose among different hive styles, and many of the 35 projects can be made using hand tools.

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  • BUILDING CHICKEN COOPS E-HANDBOOK

    Chicken-coop designs are as varied as the people who keep chickens. The best design for you depends on how many chickens you keep, your purpose in keeping them, their breed, your geographic location, and how much money you want to spend.

    This e-handbook shows you designs and helpful tips to make your chicken raising experience a successful one. Chapters include:

    • Twelve Tips for a Successful Coop Design
    • Providing Adequate Ventilation
    • Temperature Control
    • Choosing the Right Flooring
    • Putting Down Bedding
    • Installing Roosts
    • Nests and Nest Boxes
    • Choosing and Siting a Water Source
    • Tips and Advice for Keeping Chickens in Cages
    • Offering Access to a Yard
    • Raising Chickens Free on the Range



    The more adequate their shelter and surroundings, the healthier and more content your chickens will be.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

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  • BUILDING OR RENOVATING A BARN FOR YOUR HORSE E-HANDBOOK

    Building a horse barn is quite a project — and there is a vast and varied array of plans and books available to help you. But renovating a shelter to make it fit for just one or two horses, or building a sturdy three-sided shelter, can be quite simple, even if you have only basic carpentry skills.

    This e-handbook shows you what you need to know to properly construct horse housing. Chapters included are:

    • The Fundamentals of Building for Horses
    • Tips and Techniques for Remodeling
    • Building a Simple Run-in Shelter
    • Designing the Layout for a Small Barn Renovation
    • Roofing Your Horse Barn
    • Building a Stall
    • Providing Food and Water in the Barn
    • Finishes to Preserve Your Horse Shelter



    Horses are adaptable creatures, but they are also large, strong, active, and playful. Having a sturdy shelter for them can give you peace of mind.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

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  • BUILDING RABBIT HOUSING E-HANDBOOK

    Properly housed and fed domestic rabbits can provide you with delicious, high-quality meat with little expenditure of time, space, or money. Rabbits are small and quiet, and they can be kept essentially odorfree with the proper approach to their housing and care.

    This e-handbook explains what you need to build and outfit a small noncommercial rabbitry and how to do it. Chapters include:

    • The All-Wire Hutch
    • Two Approaches in Hutch Building
    • Self-Feeders
    • Watering Devices
    • Nest Boxes
    • Useful Tools and Equipment



    Raising rabbits will be a satisfying venture with the help of this handy resource. 34 pages.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

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  • BUTCHERING CHICKENS

    The space, setup, and equipment required to raise and process poultry are minimal when compared to other types of livestock, which is part of what makes chickens such an appealing choice for small-scale meat producers. Expert butcher and teacher Adam Danforth covers the entire slaughtering and butchering process in this photographic guide specifically geared toward backyard chicken keepers and small-farm operations invested in raising meat responsibly.

    With step-by-step photos, detailed instructions, and chapters dedicated to necessary tools and equipment, essential food safety measures, how to prepare for slaughter and process the birds quickly and humanely, how to break down the carcasses into cuts, and how to package and freeze the cuts to ensure freshness, this comprehensive handbook gives poultry raisers the information they need to make the most of their meat.

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