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    71.

    THE SMALL-SCALE POULTRY FLOCK

    Harvey Ussery
    Paperback

    Price: $39.95

    The most comprehensive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the small-scale farmer, homesteader and professional grower, The Small-Scale Poultry Flock offers a practical and integrative mo…

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    The most comprehensive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the small-scale farmer, homesteader and professional grower, The Small-Scale Poultry Flock offers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems.

    Readers will find information on growing (and sourcing) feed on a small scale, brooding (and breeding) at home, and using poultry as insect and weed managers in the garden and orchard. Harvey Ussery's model presents an entirely sustainable system that can be adapted and utilized in a variety of scales, and will prove invaluable for beginner homesteaders, growers looking to incorporate poultry into their farm, or poultry farmers seeking to close their loop. Ussery offers extensive information on:

    • The definition of an integrated poultry flock (imitation of natural systems, integrating patterns, and closing the circle)
    • Everything you need to know about your basic chicken (including distinctive points about anatomy and behavior that are critical to management)
    • Extended information on poultry health and holistic health care, with a focus on prevention
    • Planning your flock (flock size, choosing breeds, fowl useful for egg vs. meat production, sourcing stock)
    • How to breed and brood the flock (including breeding for genetic conservation), including the most complete guide to working with broody hens available anywhere
    • Making and mixing your own feed (with tips on equipment, storage, basic ingredients, technique, grinding and mixing)
    • Providing more of the flock’s feed from sources grown or self-foraged on the homestead or farm, including production of live protein feeds using earthworms and soldier grubs
    • Using poultry to increase soil fertility, control crop-damaging insects, and make compost — including systems for pasturing and for tillage of cover crops and weeds
    • Recipes for great egg and poultry dishes (including Ussery's famous chicken stock!)
    • And one of the best step-by-step poultry butchering guides available, complete with extensive illustrative photos
    No other book on raising poultry takes an entirely whole-systems approach, or discusses producing homegrown feed and breeding in such detail. This is a truly invaluable guide that will lead farmers and homesteaders into a new world of self-reliance and enjoyment.

    Recommended Product for Wiser Living: Today, more than ever before, our society is seeking ways to live more conscientiously. To help bring you the very best inspiration and information about greener, more sustainable lifestyles, Mother Earth News is recommending books and products to readers. For more than 40 years, Mother Earth News has been North America's "Original Guide to Living Wisely," creating books and magazines for people with a passion for self-reliance and a desire to live in harmony with nature.

    72.

    HOW TO RAISE CHICKENS

    Christine Heinrichs
    Paperback

    Price: $14.96

    Whichever comes first for you, the chicken or the egg, this book shows you what to do next. In this hands-on, easy-to-use guidebook, longtime chicken breeder and poultry expert Christine Heinrichs tel…

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    Whichever comes first for you, the chicken or the egg, this book shows you what to do next. In this hands-on, easy-to-use guidebook, longtime chicken breeder and poultry expert Christine Heinrichs tells you everything you need to know to raise chickens in your backyard — from laying out the yard and designing a coop to choosing breeds, caring for chicks, egging, sexing and butchering. Whether you’re interested in rare breeds or the garden variety, whether you want to show your chickens or serve them, this brightly illustrated, clearly written guide will prove an indispensable resource.

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    THE FAMILY COW HANDBOOK

    Philip Hasheider
    Paperback

    Price: $19.99

    Milking your family cow and experiencing the simple joys that comes with it are explained in this guidebook by veteran dairy farmer and cheesemaker Phil Hasheider. This book leads you through all the …

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    Milking your family cow and experiencing the simple joys that comes with it are explained in this guidebook by veteran dairy farmer and cheesemaker Phil Hasheider. This book leads you through all the steps needed to make your dream a reality and the processes involved to make your own dairy products. You will learn the practical do’s and don’ts of buying a cow, milking, feeding, and assisting her when she gives birth to a calf. You may not have the experience yet, but time will take care of that as you learn. Your adventure starts here and this book will guide you along your journey with your family cow.

    About the Authors:

    Philip Hasheider helped to manage his family’s 65-cow dairy for 20 years. He has a dairy science degree from the University of Wisconsin and seven years' experience as a cheesemaker’s assistant. He is the author of several livestock books, including How to Raise Cattle. He lives in Sauk City, Wis.

    Photographer Daniel Johnson is a professional photographer specializing in farm imagery. He helps run Fox Hill Farm, a family-owned horse farm. He is the author of the 4-H Guide to Digital Photography. He lives in Phelps, Wis.

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    BARNHEART

    Jenna Woginrich
    Paperback

    Price: $14.95

    The homesteading adventures of Jenna Woginrich have caught the imagination of thousands who dream of a more self-sufficient lifestyle. As she learns to farm by trial and error, she records her offbeat…

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    The homesteading adventures of Jenna Woginrich have caught the imagination of thousands who dream of a more self-sufficient lifestyle. As she learns to farm by trial and error, she records her offbeat observations and poignant moments with honesty, humility, and humor. In BarnHeart, she tells the story of her quest to find a permanent home for herself and her livestock -- a herd of sheep, a flock of chickens, some geese and ducks, rabbits, a goat, and a turkey. Even when taking on cranky neighbors, small-town politics, and the difficulties of running a farm alone on a shoestring budget, she never loses her sense of humor. You'll find inspiration in this entertaining tale of longing and striving for a more authentic life.

    About the Author
    Jenna Woginrich is a 20-something homesteader and the author of Chick Days and Made from Scratch. She blogs at Cold Antler Farm, as well as Mother Earth News and The Huffington Post. A Pennsylvania native, she has made her home in the mountains of Tennessee, in northern Idaho, in rural Vermont, and most recently in upstate New York, where she lives with a flock of Scottish Blackface sheep, a border collie in training, chickens and geese, a hive of bees, and several amiable rabbits.

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    THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO PIGS

    Celia Lewis
    Hardcover

    Price: $10.39

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    With a resurgence of interest in raising animals, this delightfully illustrated and informative book is ideal for a…

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    With a resurgence of interest in raising animals, this delightfully illustrated and informative book is ideal for anyone who wants to choose the most suitable pig breed. The Illustrated Guide to Pigs covers 38 of the most common breeds of pig in North America and Europe. Author Celia Lewis has included helpful introductory sections with practical advice about pig rearing and husbandry, outlining the difference between the breeds. There are also practical sections on how to buy pigs, the equipment required to keep them, and advice on their basic care, feeding and hygiene.

    About the author:
    Celia Lewis started her art career studying life and portrait charcoal drawing with Signorina Simi in Florence, Italy. She has taken part in group, private and national exhibitions and has won several prizes, including the 2005 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI) medal. She lives in England.

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    THE ILLUSTRATED GUIDE TO CHICKENS

    Celia Lewis
    Hardcover

    Price: $10.88

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    Chickens are fun, useful and easy to keep. If you have ever considered raising your own backyard flock, The Illustr…

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    Chickens are fun, useful and easy to keep. If you have ever considered raising your own backyard flock, The Illustrated Guide to Chickens is the book for you. It offers practical advice and contains all the information you need to choose from one of the 100 most familiar breeds of chicken in North America and Europe to raise. Each breed’s profile is written in engaging text that covers its history and main characteristics. You’ll also find practical advice about poultry rearing and husbandry and the pros and cons of pure breeds, hybrids, bantams, game foul, and the like.

    About the author:
    Celia Lewis started her art career studying life and portrait charcoal drawing with Signorina Simi in Florence. She has taken part in group, private and national exhibitions and has won several prizes, including the 2005 Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour (RI) medal. She lives in England.

    77.

    ZEN MIND, ZEN HORSE

    Allan Hamilton
    Paperback

    Price: $24.95

    This approach to horse training offers everyone who works with horses - novice or expert - a new understanding of how humans work and interact with horses and how doing so can lead to spiritual awaken…

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    This approach to horse training offers everyone who works with horses - novice or expert - a new understanding of how humans work and interact with horses and how doing so can lead to spiritual awakening. Horses have evolved to understand and respond to the flow of vital energy - chi - around them, using it to communicate with members of their herd, express dominance, and sense danger from nearby predators. Being quietly present and receptive to your horse’s chi opens the potential of your emotional, intuitive right brain, awakening your deep sensitivity, calm leadership, intuition, and mindfulness.

    About the author:
    Allan J. Hamilton, MD, is a Harvard-trained brain surgeon, a renowned horse trainer, a developer of equine-assisted learning programs, and the author of Zen Mind, Zen Horse and The Scalpel and the Soul, which won a Silver Nautilus Award in 2009. He is a professor of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona and a medical script consultant for the hit television series Grey’s Anatomy. He raises Lipizzan horses on a small ranch on the outskirts of Tucson, Arizona.

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    THE CHICKEN ENCYCLOPEDIA

    Gail Damerow
    Paperback

    Price: $19.95

    From addled to wind egg, crossed beak to zygote, the terminology of everything chicken is demystified in The Chicken Encyclopedia, an illustrated A-to-Z reference that is both informative and entertai…

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    From addled to wind egg, crossed beak to zygote, the terminology of everything chicken is demystified in The Chicken Encyclopedia, an illustrated A-to-Z reference that is both informative and entertaining. Chickophiles will find breed descriptions; definitions of common chicken conditions, situations, and behaviors; and much more. Whether it’s the differences among wry tail, split tail, and gamy tail; the meaning of hen feathered, forced molt, or quill feather; the characteristics of droopy wing; the content of granite grit; or the translation of a chicken’s alarm call, here are all the answers to every chicken question and quandary.

    About the authors:
    Gail Damerow and her husband operate a family farm in Tennessee where they keep chickens, guinea fowl, turkeys, rabbits, and dairy goats. Damerow writes extensively on livestock raising and is a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry magazine. She is the author of Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, The Chicken Encyclopedia, The Chicken Health Handbook, Your Chickens, Your Goats, Draft Horses and Mules, and numerous other books.

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    THE MEAT GOAT HANDBOOK

    Yvonne Zweede-Tucker
    Paperback

    Price: $19.99

    Longtime goat rancher Yvonne Zweede-Tucker draws on 20 years of hands-on experience to help you raise your own meat goats. Illustrated with color photography, this instructive handbook includes advice…

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    Longtime goat rancher Yvonne Zweede-Tucker draws on 20 years of hands-on experience to help you raise your own meat goats. Illustrated with color photography, this instructive handbook includes advice about breeds, feeding, housing, safety, health, kidding, butchering and selling product. Included is a glossary and a resources appendix. It's an essential read for every meat goat owner!

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    GET YOUR GOAT

    Brent Zimmerman
    Paperback

    Price: $13.74

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    It’s all about back to basics: Consumers are rejecting consumption and looking for more and more ways to reconnect …

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    It’s all about back to basics: Consumers are rejecting consumption and looking for more and more ways to reconnect with the earth, the community and their food sources. Many people who have tried keeping chickens, toyed with turkeys, or even just fantasized about converting their quarter-acre suburban yard into a pasture has no doubt wondered: What about goats? I don't live on a farm ... how do these lively, intelligent creatures fit into my life? Get Your Goat is a comprehensive, engaging way to answer all your questions about keeping goats, as backyard farm animal or even as a pet.

    This is a complete handbook for keeping all breeds of goats on smaller acreage. It includes essential information on the nuts and bolts of goat behavior; an extensive breed guide that teaches you how to make the best choice of breed for your lifestyle; fencing and housing; health and wellness; whether to raise goats for product (milk, meat, fiber) or for companionship; and more ... written for the new goat keeper, with all the right questions in mind!

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