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GRIT GUIDE TO BACKYARD CHICKENS E-BOOK


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Price: $6.99

From the rooftop terraces of New York City to the sprawling lawns of rural America, the backyard chicken movement has taken hold and is making a massive impact among city dwellers and country folk ali…

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From the rooftop terraces of New York City to the sprawling lawns of rural America, the backyard chicken movement has taken hold and is making a massive impact among city dwellers and country folk alike. As the authority on rural know-how, GRIT magazine has long been leading the charge and is now proud to introduce its special Guide to Backyard Chickens.

At 100 full-color pages, this one-of-a-kind reference book is designed to arm you with all the information needed to enjoy the simple country pleasures of farm-fresh eggs and poultry, straight from your own backyard.

GRIT's Guide to Backyard Chickens includes an extensive collection of relevant articles, including:

  • Raise a flock from mail-order chicks.
  • Top tips for keeping your flock healthy.
  • What to do with all those delicious eggs: recipes galore.
  • Guide to controlling ticks and other backyard pests.
  • Enjoy fresh eggs all year long.
  • Top tips for keeping your flock safe from predators.
  • Chicken coop and chick brooder plans.
  • How to hatch fertile eggs to replenish the flock.
  • Save money by growing your own meat.
  • Choose the right chicken breed.
  • Raise chickens in the city.

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THE JOY OF KEEPING FARM ANIMALS

Laura Childs
Paperback

Price: $14.95

A full-color, accessible primer on starting a backyard barnyard. When the going gets rough, the rough . . . start raising their own food. In the first full-color guide of its kind, author and small fa…

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A full-color, accessible primer on starting a backyard barnyard. 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 of making 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. 100 color illustrations.

About the author

Laura Childs spent 30 years as a self-professed “downtown city girl” before breaking free from urban life when her daughter was born. Her website goodbyecitylife.com chronicles their adventures on her small, self-sustained farm in Ontario, Canada, where she raises goats, chickens, horses and other animals.

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 to readers. For 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.

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THE FIELD GUIDE TO RABBITS

Samantha Johnson
Hardcover

Price: $19.95

When you are researching rabbits, this first-ever, full-color pocket guidebook to all kinds of rabbits will be a valuable resource in choosing the perfect rabbit.

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When you are researching rabbits, this first-ever, full-color pocket guidebook to all kinds of rabbits will be a valuable resource in choosing the perfect rabbit.

This book will help guide you through the maze of rabbit possibilities and arm you with information on all of the 47 breeds recognized by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, as well as provide you with information on their shapes, sizes, colors, fur varieties and more.

In addition, there is a basic history of rabbits; insights on bunny behavior; coverage of pregnancy, kindling and raising kits; and information about bunny behaviors and tips for showing rabbits.

Whether you are just starting out or already have years of experience, this guide puts a wealth of information at your fingertips, so that you can quickly identify a rabbit’s breed wherever you happen to be, whether you’re wandering about a country fair, attending a rabbit show or shopping at a pet shop.

Cuddly house pet, 4-H project or farm animal, the rabbit is a perennial favorite of children and adults across the country. This first-ever, full-color, pocket guidebook is a handy resource for anyone choosing or caring for a rabbit. For those who want to raise rabbits, whether for pleasure or profit, or for the merely curious, there could be no better guide than this thorough, convenient and accessible book.

The book includes 47 detail-packed breed profiles; highlights of differences in shapes, sizes, colors and fur varieties; insights into bunny behavior; and tips for showing your rabbits.

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HUMANE LIVESTOCK HANDLING

TEMPLE GRANDIN
Paperback

Price: $24.95

Learn how to improve the day-to-day operation as well as the profitability of your farm by raising healthier, more contented animals. Temple Grandin, North America's most influential advocate of humane livestock treatment, shares dozens of methods and detailed plans she has developed for low-stress ways to move livestock on pastures, paddocks and feedlot pens. The benefits are great — for you and for your livestock. Well-treated animals, free from fear and pain:

  • Injure themselves less frequently, keeping bruised meat to a minimum
  • Stay healthier, reducing veterinary expenditures
  • Remain calm in most circumstances, keeping human handlers safer
  • Deliver higher yields of marketable meat
  • Answer consumer demand for humanely raised meat
  • Are an indispensable part of efficient, satisfying, ethically managed small farms
  • Humane Livestock Handling includes Grandin's insightful explanations of how her general research into how animals think can be applied to improving any farmer's understanding of livestock behavior and effectiveness in handling animals. The book includes complete construction plans that are applicable for facilities of every size and a wide range of needs, including:

  • Handling systems for ranches
  • Cattle corral systems
  • Sheep and bison corrals
  • Loading ramp details
  • Fences and gates
  • Latches
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    STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING DAIRY GOATS, NEW EDITION

    JERRY BELANGER
    Paperback

    Price: $19.95

    Dairy goats are a great choice for the small or backyard dairy farmer. They require a smaller investment than cows and produce milk that is great for making delicious fresh yogurt and cheese. This tho…

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    Dairy goats are a great choice for the small or backyard dairy farmer. They require a smaller investment than cows and produce milk that is great for making delicious fresh yogurt and cheese. This thoroughly revised fourth edition gives you everything you need to know to raise dairy goats, including more information on pygmy goats, updated information on disease diagnosis and treatment, and expanded information on breeding, milking, dairying, and cheese making.

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    STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING PIGS

    KELLY KLOBER
    Paperback

    Price: $19.95

    This trusted resource for new and experienced pig farmers provides authoritative advice on breed selection, housing, humane handling and butchering, disease prevention and treatment, and more. This ne…

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    This trusted resource for new and experienced pig farmers provides authoritative advice on breed selection, housing, humane handling and butchering, disease prevention and treatment, and more. This newly updated third edition includes thorough coverage of green farming methods and an expanded breed guide, including information on rare and heritage breeds.

    37.

    THE COMPLETE BOOK OF BUTCHERING, SMOKING, CURING AND SAUSAGE

    Philip Hasheider
    Paperback

    Price: $24.99

    Here’s the ideal hands-on guidebook for self-sufficient farmers, ranchers and hunters with step-by-step instructions on butchering beef, venison, pork, lamb, poultry and goats. Time-tested advice on …

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    Here’s the ideal hands-on guidebook for self-sufficient farmers, ranchers and hunters with step-by-step instructions on butchering beef, venison, pork, lamb, poultry and goats. Time-tested advice on how to cure the meat by smoking or salting helps you preserve your harvest. A final section explains how to make sausages. Numerous mouthwatering recipes are included.

    38.

    SELF SUFFICIENCY FOR THE 21ST CENTURY

    Dick & James Strawbridge
    Hardcover

    Price: $30.00

    Taking its inspiration from John Seymour's best-selling classic, The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century brings the subject up to date by showing how to live a mor…

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    Taking its inspiration from John Seymour's best-selling classic, The Complete Book of Self-Sufficiency, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century brings the subject up to date by showing how to live a more sustainable life that everyone can access, whether living in the city, the suburbs or the country. Sharing their experiences, tips and techniques, father-and-son team Dick and James Strawbridge show how to make the practical changes that will have a big impact on your life — without having to transform your lifestyle. Covering eco-projects, plant-by-plant and animal-by-animal identification, how to produce little or no waste and remove our dependence upon fossil fuels, and so much more, Self Sufficiency for the 21st Century includes something for everyone — from urban apartment dwellers to suburbanites to those living in the countryside.

    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 to readers. For 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.

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    STOREY'S GUIDE TO RAISING HORSES

    Heather Smith Thomas
    Hardcover

    Price: $19.95

    Since it was first published, this classic guide has helped thousands of horse owners with its comprehensive, expert information on grooming, foaling, housing, diet, exercise, disease prevention and t…

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    Since it was first published, this classic guide has helped thousands of horse owners with its comprehensive, expert information on grooming, foaling, housing, diet, exercise, disease prevention and treatment, and much more. Now completely revised and updated, the second edition includes up-to-date coverage of horse health issues and vaccination options, thoroughly updated advice on hoof care, and expanded coverage of reproductive care and techniques.

    About the author
    Heather Smith Thomas has been raising cattle since she was 12 years old. She and her husband have raised a herd of cattle that they have cross-bred to meet the needs of their rugged and hilly ranch in Salmon, Idaho. Heather has also written many articles on horses, farms, and livestock. She and her husband live in Idaho. She and her husband live in Idaho.

    40.

    THE SHEER ECSTASY OF BEING A LUNATIC FARMER

    Joel Salatin
    Paperback

    Price: $25.00

    Shunned by industrial farmers, vilified by corporate agri-business, and stalked by food police as being a lunatic, farmer-entrepreneur Joel Salatin enjoys the sheer ecstasy of being surrounded by happ…

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    Shunned by industrial farmers, vilified by corporate agri-business, and stalked by food police as being a lunatic, farmer-entrepreneur Joel Salatin enjoys the sheer ecstasy of being surrounded by happy, frolicking animals, dancing earthworms, and appreciative customers.

    His family's farm nestled in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley has achieved iconic status worldwide by featuring prominently in the Oscar-nominated documentary, Food. Inc., and the documentary, Fresh," as well as the runaway New York Times best-seller The Omnivore's Dilemma. From his own pen, Salatin explains both the rationale for the satisfaction from a solar-driven, pastured-based, locally-marketed, symbiotic, synergistic, relationally-oriented farm.

    This book describes, with stories and evangelistic fervor, the breadth and depth of the paradigm differences between healing and exploitive food systems. A landscape and food policy epiphany awaits every reader.

    About the author

    Joel Salatin and his family own and operate Polyface Farm, arguably the nation's most famous farm since it was profiled in Michael Pollan's New York Times best-seller, The Omnivore's Dilemma and two subsequent documentaries, "Food, Inc.", and "Fresh." An accomplished author and public speaker, Salatin has authored seven books. Recognition for his ecological and local-based farming advocacy includes an honorary doctorate, the Heinz Award, and many leadership awards.

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