The Joy of Keeping Farm Animals: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Own Food [NOOK Book]

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When the going gets rough, the rough . . . start raising their own food. In the first full-color guide of its kind, author and small farm owner Laura Childs reveals exactly what it takes to start raising your own animals, including chickens, geese, goats, sheep, pigs, and cows. Childs discusses what you can expect to harvest from your animals—from eggs to milk to meat to wool—based on her own real-life experiences. Whether you want to raise a few chickens for eggs alone, try your hand at a few goats with the aim ...
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The Joy of Keeping Farm Animals: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Your Own Food

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Overview

When the going gets rough, the rough . . . start raising their own food. In the first full-color guide of its kind, author and small farm owner Laura Childs reveals exactly what it takes to start raising your own animals, including chickens, geese, goats, sheep, pigs, and cows. Childs discusses what you can expect to harvest from your animals—from eggs to milk to meat to wool—based on her own real-life experiences. Whether you want to raise a few chickens for eggs alone, try your hand at a few goats with the aim to make your own cheese, or are looking to sustain your family and make some extra money from raising and selling beef, this is the book for you.

Childs offers general information for each breed and animal, from how to get started to what to feed and where to house the animals. This invaluable guide is the perfect first book for anyone interested in starting a backyard barnyard or a small farm—or simply dreaming about the idea.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781626367555
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 3/18/2010
  • Series: Joy of Series
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 676,511
  • File size: 25 MB
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Meet the Author

Laura Childs
Laura Childs was a self-proclaimed city girl who broke away from the hectic urban life. Now living on a small, self-sustained farm in Ontario, Canada, she chronicles everyday adventures of raising goats, chickens, horses, and other animals on her Web site, goodbyecitylife.com. She is the author of The Joy of Keeping Farm Animals and The Joy of Keeping Goats.
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Table of Contents

preface ix

acknowledgments xi

introduction xiii

1 chickens 3

Introduction 5

Choosing a Breed to Raise 10

Chicken Instinct and Temperament 13

Designing Your Small Farm Strategy 17

The Chicken Coop and Yard 19

Where to Buy Chickens 32

Caring for and Feeding Chickens 37

Maintain Good Health in Your Flock 40

The Joy of Eggs 42

Butchering 46

Supplementary: Raising Turkeys 50

2 goats 55

Introduction 57

Choosing the Right Breed for Your Needs 59

Designing Your Small Farm Strategy 65

The Goat Barn, Yard, and Pasture 67

Getting Your Goat 74

Feeding Goats 80

Maintaining Good Health in Your Herd 84

Gifts of Keeping Goats 98

Breeding, Kidding, and Care 104

Butchering 117

Goat Milk Recipes 119

3 pigs 123

Introduction 125

Deciding on a Breed 129

Designing Your Small Farm Strategy 131

Pig Pens and Pasturing 134

Finding Piglets to Purchase 142

What to Feed a Pig 144

Keeping Pigs Healthy 148

Butchering and Preparation 148

4 sheep 153

Introduction 155

Choosing a Breed 158

Training and Handling 159

Designing Your Small Farm Strategy 161

Preparing Pasture and Paddock 162

Finding Sheep to Purchase 164

Feeding Your Sheep 167

Health and Grooming 170

Breeding, Lambing, and Care 176

Butchering 181

5 cows 183

Introduction 185

Choosing a Breed to Raise 187

Designing Your Small Farm Strategy 192

Pens, Pasture, and Shelter 194

Finding a Calf or Cow to Purchase 196

Feed Requirements 198

Cattle Health 200

Breeding for Milk Flow or Beef Calves 208

Preparing Cattle for the Butcher 217

appendices and index 219

Recommended Web sites 219

Metric Conversions 221

Glossary 222

Photo Credits 226

Barn Records and Forms 227

Index 234

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2012

    very basic

    if you know nothing about animals it will help you but those with some knowledge will not find it to helpful farming granny

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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