Multcolib Research Picks: Chickens and Goats and Bees, Oh My!
Annotation: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.
Annotation:*From advice organized by breed and focused on small-scale production on as little space as a standard, one-eighth-acre lot, readers can learn about the backyard provision of veggies, salmonella-free eggs, organic meat, fleece and fiber for spinning, fresh honey, milk, butter, and cheese. Illustrations, charts, a glossary, a resources list, and the obligatory chapter on butchering add up to a must-read for do-it-yourself and back-to-the-land enthusiasts.* -Booklist
Annotation:In this comprehensive guide for city-dwellers on how to wean themselves from commercial supermarkets, the authors map a plan for how to manage a busy, urban family life with home-grown foods, shared community efforts, and easy yet healthful practices.
Annotation:*Discussions of preserving food and urban farm husbandry, from chickens to bees, as well as detailed information on growing a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, edible flowers, and herbs, are thorough enough to be useful and realistic.* -Publishers Weekly
Annotation:*Supported by vivid, full-color photographs, the book is rounded out with a section called 'Reports from the Field,' which includes firsthand accounts from urban and suburban beekeepers all over the world.* -Library Journal
Annotation:Covers everything from bee behavior to what to do with honey. It balances all the background context on bee biology with the day-to-day and seasonal practicalities of running hives in any location, in the country or the city, and for colonies of all sizes.
Annotation:Whether you want to raise goats for their milk and fiber or keep them as pets or companion animals, this book covers all the essentials.
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Whether you are excited about having fresh eggs and milk and honey, or looking for a new pet that will also mow your lawn, backyard animals can be a wonderful addition to your home.