Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cows

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When is the right time to shear a sheep? Is there a market for manure? What time of day is best to collect eggs? What is the correct way to milk a goat? What does a duck eat? Can a cow and a sheep share the same pasture? Which types of rabbits are easiest to raise?

The perfect book for anyone who has ever dreamed of having that little place in the country, Barnyard in Your Backyard offers tried-and-true, expert advice on raising healthy, ...

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When is the right time to shear a sheep? Is there a market for manure? What time of day is best to collect eggs? What is the correct way to milk a goat? What does a duck eat? Can a cow and a sheep share the same pasture? Which types of rabbits are easiest to raise?

The perfect book for anyone who has ever dreamed of having that little place in the country, Barnyard in Your Backyard offers tried-and-true, expert advice on raising healthy, happy, productive farm animals: chickens, geese, ducks, rabbits, goats, sheep, and dairy cows.

Each chapter focuses on a different animal, discussing the pros and cons of raising the animal, housing and land requirements, feeding guidelines, health concerns, and a schedule for routine care. Species that are easy to raise, hardy, and companionable are profiled. First-time farmers will discover simple, clear instructions for caring for animals throughout the year, as well as guidelines for processing barnyard products such as milk, wool, and eggs. Combining practical advice from real experts, easy-to-use checklists and charts, a seasonal care calendar, and detailed black-and-white illustrations, Barnyard in Your Backyard offers a comprehensive review of the ins and outs - the tribulations and triumphs - of living with and caring for a small barnyard.

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Editorial Reviews

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“Fleecing sheep, goat-proofing gates, preventing frostbite on the knob heads of African geese – it’s all covered in this agro-centric tome.” –Newsday

“…simple, clear instructions for animal care…” –Pet Product News

“…a primer on easy-to-raise and companionable farm animals that will provide a good return for the novice farmer.” –Booklist

“Whether you plan to create your mini-farm as a hobby or to create a new business, Barnyard in Your Backyard is an excellent guide.”

-San Gabriel Valley Daily Tribune

-Pasadena, Ca Star-News

-Whittier, CA News

“Packed with tried-and-true advice on raising happy and healthy farm animals, Barnyard in Your Backyard…is perfect for novice farmers.” –Country Almanac

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580174565
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 7/1/2002
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Gail Damerow and her husband operate a family farm in Tennessee where they keep poultry and dairy goats, tend a sizable garden, and maintain a small orchard. They grow and preserve much of their own food, make their own yogurt and ice cream from fresh goat milk, and bake their own bread. Gail has written extensively on raising chickens and other livestock, growing fruits and vegetables, and related rural skills. She shares her experience and knowledge as a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry magazine and as the author or contributor to more than a dozen country skills how-to books.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Chickens 11
Introducing Chickens
Choosing the Right Breed
Making the Purchase Handling Chickens
Housing Chickens
Feeding Chickens Egg Production
Collecting and Storing Eggs
Managing Breeders Hatching Eggs
Raising Chicks
Chicken Health Summer Care
Winter Care
Chickens for Meat
2 Ducks & Geese 61
Introducing Ducks and Geese
Choosing the Right Bird
Handling Housing
Feeding
Duck and Goose Eggs
Breeding
Artificial Incubation Ducklings and Goslings
Duck and Goose Health
Ducks and Geese for Meat
3 Rabbits 115
Introducing Rabbits
Choosing a Breed
Recognizing a Good Animal Making the Purchase
Handling Your Rabbit
Rabbit Housing Buying a Cage
Building Your Own Cage
Rabbit Carriers Feeding Your Rabbit
Rabbit Health
Breeding Rabbits
The Nest Box Birth
Caring for the New Litter
Weaning and Separating the Litter Meat Rabbits
Managing Your Rabbitry
Keeping Records
4 Goats 167
Introducing Goats
Buying
Handling
Housing
Feeding
Breeding Gestation and Kidding
Newborn Kids
Keeping Goats Healthy Goat Milk
Fiber Goats
5 Sheep 231
Introducing Sheep
Sheep Q & A
Choosing a Breed Buying
Fencing
Shelter
Handling
Feeding Health Care, Treatment, and Medication
Hoof Care Breeding
Lambing Time
Problems with Newborn Lambs Caring for the Ewe After Weaning
Making Sheep-Milk Cheese Culling and Butchering
Wool and Shearing
Wool Crafts
Sheep Calendar
6 Dairy Cows & Beef Cattle 287
Introducing Cattle
Choosing a Dairy Breed
Choosing a Beef Breed Selecting and Buying a New Animal
Housing, Facilities, and Equipment Manure Disposal
Nutrition
Removing Extra Teats, Castrating, and Dehorning Keeping Your Cattle Healthy
Butchering a Beef
Steers as Oxen Breeding and Calving
Scours
Care of the Dairy Cow Managing Your Herd Through the Seasons
Appendix 365
Metric Conversion Chart
Glossary
Recommended Reading
Resources
Index 395
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  • Posted May 16, 2009

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    Great book for the beginner

    I love this book, it is easy to read and to understand. It gives enough information to get you started. I loved the graphs, diagrams and it is very relevant to today. Many people because of the economy want to try having a small farm in their yard. Great book, and I highly recommend it.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2014

    Highly Recommended !

    If you are interested in keeping livestock this book is for you. Tells you everything you need to know from start to finish about raising your own animals. this book is a must in my collection and will be in yours if you are serious about keeping animals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    Highly Recommended

    My grandson is a 1st yr FFA student and he checked this book out at the library. After reading, it helped him decide on which animal he wanted to raise for the program. He wanted a book of his own to have for reference and was excited when I ssid I would order it for him. He is doing well and decided to raise rabbits.

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  • Posted April 16, 2011

    Great for a Beginner (Which is what I am)

    This book is great at giving the details for what it takes to get started keeping various farm animals: chickens, ducks and geese, rabbits, goats, sheep, cows. It is helpful in that it will tell you how they should be housed and cared for to keep them in optimum health and happiness. It is not, however, a book about keeping them "naturally" or "organically." The book does give recommendations for keeping grain-fed as well as grass-fed cows, but does not give any real pros and cons for feeding and/or housing animals in a certain fashion. If you wish to have animals but already know WHAT you want to feed your animals, just not the HOW, this will be a great tool. It also gets into more info about economics and weight-versus feed ratios than I thought really necessary for backyard farmers, but it will help if you wish to earn a profit from your backyard animals. I would recommend it.

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  • Posted May 9, 2010

    Very good farming book

    I bought this book because I had bought a few ducks and wanted to learn more about them. This book has a ton of info about ducks and every other farm animal!

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