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

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

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781580174565
Publisher: Storey Books
Publication date: 07/01/2002
Pages: 416
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.95(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction1
1Chickens11
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
2Ducks & Geese61
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
3Rabbits115
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
4Goats167
Introducing Goats
Buying
Handling
Housing
Feeding
Breeding Gestation and Kidding
Newborn Kids
Keeping Goats Healthy Goat Milk
Fiber Goats
5Sheep231
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
6Dairy Cows & Beef Cattle287
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
Appendix365
Metric Conversion Chart
Glossary
Recommended Reading
Resources
Index395

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Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cows 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Bunnylady More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
ShopperMomAT More than 1 year ago
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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Kelly5569 More than 1 year ago
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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