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

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

Format:  Paperback,

408 pages

Publisher: Workman Pub Co

Publish Date: Jul 2002

ISBN-13: 9781580174565

ISBN-10: 1580174566

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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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Publisher: Workman Pub Co
Publish Date: Jul 2002
ISBN-13: 9781580174565
ISBN-10: 1580174566
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 408
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 2.55
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 8.5 x 11.75 x 1.0

Chapter outline

Introduction
Chickens
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
Ducks & Geese
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
Rabbits
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
Goats
Introducing Goats
Buying
Handling
Housing
Feeding
Breeding Gestation and Kidding
Newborn Kids
Keeping Goats Healthy Goat Milk
Fiber Goats
Sheep
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
Dairy Cows & Beef Cattle
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
Metric Conversion Chart
Glossary
Recommended Reading
Resources
Index

Book description

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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