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111.

THE FIELD GUIDE TO FLEECE

Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius
Paperback

Price: $14.95

With this compact, portable reference in hand, crafters can quickly and easily look up any of 100 sheep breeds, the characteristics of their fleece, and the kinds of projects for which their fleece is…

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With this compact, portable reference in hand, crafters can quickly and easily look up any of 100 sheep breeds, the characteristics of their fleece, and the kinds of projects for which their fleece is best suited. Each breed profile includes a photo of the animal and information about its origin and conservation status, as well as the weight, staple length, fiber diameter, and natural colors of its fleece. This is a great primer for beginners, and a handy guide for anyone who loves working with fleece!


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CHICKENS FOR THE BACKYARD HOMESTEADER

Suzie Baldwin
Paperback

Price: $14.95

Chickens are back! More-relaxed suburban and urban ordinances on raising and housing chickens, plus the desire for homeowners to become more self-sufficient as "backyard homesteaders," has led to rene…

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Chickens are back! More-relaxed suburban and urban ordinances on raising and housing chickens, plus the desire for homeowners to become more self-sufficient as "backyard homesteaders," has led to renewed interest across the country in keeping chickens. Chickens for the Backyard Homesteader is packed with tips, strategies and advice that gives readers the confidence to look after their hens and avoid common problems.


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MY PET CHICKEN HANDBOOK

Lissa Lucas & Traci Torres
Paperback

Price: $17.99

The backyard chicken is the new "it" pet-and with good reason: These birds are personable, beautiful and (mostly) low maintenance. But they're not without their quirks and sometimes puzzling behaviors…

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The backyard chicken is the new "it" pet-and with good reason: These birds are personable, beautiful and (mostly) low maintenance. But they're not without their quirks and sometimes puzzling behaviors.

That's where the experts at MyPetChicken.com have a beak up on the competition: They hear from chicken keepers daily and offer advice about common mistakes and pitfalls that occur when raising a flock of chickens in the backyard. And customers tell them that the advice they most appreciate is actually how not to raise chickens, what not to do, and why not to panic.

My Pet Chicken Handbook helps potential chicken owners decide whether chicken keeping is right for them, how to make the best choices for their situations, how to start planning for the new pets, and-most importantly-how to head off potential trouble before the chicks arrive. Detailed care instructions for baby chicks and mature hens help to ensure a friendly and enjoyable flock. Covering both the good and the "oh no" experiences that beginners and avid backyard farmers experience, topics include choosing coops, planning a daily routine, learning about sanitation practices, and discovering signs of distress. Then the joy of chicken keeping comes full "ovoid," with 50 recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, all featuring the incredible and versatile egg. You'll have at your fingers delicious instructions for cooking up everything from homemade egg noodles and sesame mayonnaise to a vegetable frittata and caramel custard.


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HOMEGROWN PORK

Sue Weaver
Paperback

Price: $18.95

Raising a pig is easy to do, even in a small space like a suburban backyard. In just five months, a 30-pound shoat will become a 250-pound hog and provide you with 100 pounds of pork, including tender…

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Raising a pig is easy to do, even in a small space like a suburban backyard. In just five months, a 30-pound shoat will become a 250-pound hog and provide you with 100 pounds of pork, including tenderloin, ham, ribs, bacon, sausage, and more. For anyone who wants to raise a pig for meat in a backyard or on a small farm, Homegrown Pork explains exactly how to do it, humanely and safely. Livestock expert Sue Weaver covers everything from selecting a breed with great flavor and bringing your shoat home to feeding, housing, fencing, health care, and humane processing.


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CHOOSING AND KEEPING PIGS

Linda McDonald-Brown
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Backyard pig keeping is growing in popularity, both as a food source (as demonstrated by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay) and as pets. Pigs are easy to rear, breed and feed, and they are hardy and adapta…

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Backyard pig keeping is growing in popularity, both as a food source (as demonstrated by celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay) and as pets. Pigs are easy to rear, breed and feed, and they are hardy and adaptable animals that help clear ground, recycle waste and fertilize soils.

This practical and accessible guide is the ideal beginner's handbook and includes expert advice on:

  • How to choose and purchase a quality animal and how to help preserve rare breeds
  • Equipment, housing and fencing
  • Moving and handling
  • Feeding, nutrition and pasture
  • Pig health care and common diseases
  • Selecting a boar or sow for breeding, hogging, farrowing, taking care of piglets and pedigree breeding
  • Preparing for slaughter, butchering and subsequent storage
  • Showing pigs in competitions.
Choosing and Keeping Pigs also includes a history of pig keeping and a comprehensive directory of 30 traditional and rare breeds. This unique reference provides all the information a pig keeper requires.


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POPULAR POULTRY BREEDS

David Scrivener
Hardcover

Price: $55.00

Popular Poultry Breeds examines 40 popular breeds of chickens and bantams. Most breeds exist in several plumage color varieties, and in large and bantam (miniature) size versions, all of which are als…

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Popular Poultry Breeds examines 40 popular breeds of chickens and bantams. Most breeds exist in several plumage color varieties, and in large and bantam (miniature) size versions, all of which are also included in this comprehensive book.


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THE RABBIT BOOK

Samantha Johnson
Paperback

Price: $17.99

This invaluable resource contains everything you need to know about selecting and caring for healthy rabbits, whether you keep pet bunnies or exhibit animals as youth projects for the National FFA Org…

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This invaluable resource contains everything you need to know about selecting and caring for healthy rabbits, whether you keep pet bunnies or exhibit animals as youth projects for the National FFA Organization or 4-H. Advice on feeding, housing and much more will help you set up your own rabbitry. Learn about maintaining clean hutches and nest boxes, breeding trios and raising kits, and diagnosing and treating health problems. The Rabbit Book gathers information about showing many different kinds of rabbits at fairs and events, including fancy, Angora, and commercial meat breeds. Beautifully illustrated with color photography, this guidebook covers everything you need to know to succeed.


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AN INTRODUCTION TO HERITAGE BREEDS

Sponenberg, Beranger, Martin
Paperback

Price: $19.95

Heritage breeds matter, and they are often a better choice than conventional breeds for small farms and backyards. This eloquent and inviting visual guide explains why conserving heritage breeds is im…

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Heritage breeds matter, and they are often a better choice than conventional breeds for small farms and backyards. This eloquent and inviting visual guide explains why conserving heritage breeds is important and shows you how you can raise these breeds yourself, helping to preserve them and benefiting from them at the same time. Written by three experts from the Livestock Conservancy, this book includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys and horses, detailing each breed's specific needs and characteristics so that you can select the one that's right for you. Whichever breed you choose, you'll find thorough, comprehensive information on how to raise it successfully.


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BIRD BRAINS

Budd Titlow
Hardcover

Price: $29.95

Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wild…

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Through a hundred short vignettes accompanied by stunning avian portraits, Bird Brains takes a look at the antics, behaviors, and idiosyncrasies of wild birds from the viewpoint of a professional wildlife biologist and award-winning wildlife photographer. Titlow's engaging stories, complemented by vivid images, provide a fascinating compendium of wild bird lore perfectly suited to the 65-million-plus birders across the United States.


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GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD CHICKENS, 5TH EDITION

GRIT
Paperback

Price: $6.99

As the backyard chicken movement continues to grow, GRIT magazine is pleased to bring readers the fifth edition of GritGuide to Backyard Chickens. With 100 pages filled with all things chickens, this …

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As the backyard chicken movement continues to grow, GRIT magazine is pleased to bring readers the fifth edition of Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens. With 100 pages filled with all things chickens, this special guide covers everything you need to know about raising and keeping chickens, whether you live on a 100-acre farm or in a city suburb. There are more than 57 keys to having a healthy, productive flock that you can benefit from - via eggs and meat! - and enjoy.

Nearly 20 articles fill this glossy-paged resource, and they are penned by the top experts in the poultry industry. Whether you are just starting your chicken-raising adventure or are a seasoned chicken farmer, you will find something in this guide worth crowing about, whether it be a tip to keep predators away or instructions on building the perfect chicken tractor. Every reader can find something to benefit from here.

Read proven advice on chicken breed selection, heritage breeds and modern hybrids. Discover how to use your flock to turn over your garden soil and keep pests away. Learn how to build a weatherproof, pest-proof chicken feeder that discourages mold and mice. Facts about other poultry are also covered, with nine facts you didn't know about the humble turkey and how to add waterfowl to your backyard flock.

Also included are delicious recipes that you can enjoy (and know that most or all of the ingredients came from you own backyard). They include Cheesy Egg Casserole, Vanilla Pound Cake, Moroccan Chicken With Eggplant-Zucchini Ragout, Lancaster Country Casserole, and much more.

More articles include:

  • Hatch a Flock: Insider tips on incubating eggs.
  • Eggscellent-Laying Heritage Hens: Rare domesticated animals need engaged stewards to survive.
  • Get Smart! Protecting the Flock From Predators: Knowing the enemy is the first step to keeping your chickens safe.
  • Building the Whizbang Plucker: Take the tedium out of processing meat chickens.
  • Portable DIY Chicken Tractors for Any Budget: Tested over time, here are three portable laying-hen coops that might suit your homeplace.

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