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Multcolib Research Picks: Chickens & Goats & Bees, Oh My!

Annotation:It can be tricky to figure out what is allowed in your neighborhood: How many ducks are too many? Can I have a pygmy goat and a peacock? Do my neighbors need to know about my hive? Is that a llama peering over my fence?

Barnyard in your Backyard
Barnyard in your Backyard A Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle (Book - 2002 ) 636 B263 2002 Available in some locations

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.

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals
The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals (Book - 2011 ) 636 B1269 2011 Available in some locations

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

The Urban Farm Handbook
The Urban Farm Handbook City-slicker Resources for Growing, Raising, Sourcing, Trading, and Preparing What You Eat By Cottrell, Annette (Book - 2011 ) 630.91732 C8517u 2011 Available in some locations

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.

Your Farm in the City
Your Farm in the City An Urban Dweller's Guide to Growing Food and Raising Livestock By Taylor, Lisa (Book - 2011 ) 630.91732 T2439y 2011 Available in some locations

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

A Chicken in Every Yard
A Chicken in Every Yard The Urban Farm Store's Guide to Chicken Keeping By Litt, Robert (Book - 2011 ) 636.5 L7769c 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:A comprehensive guide from Portland's own Urban Farm Store.

Mad City Chickens
Mad City Chickens (DVD - 2009 ) DVD 636.5 MAD All copies in use Availability details

Annotation:A documentary about people who raise backyard chickens in various U.S. cities.

Backyard Ducks and Geese
Backyard Ducks and Geese A Practical Guide for the Enthusiast and the Smallholder By Hobson, J. C. Jeremy (Book - 2009 ) 636.59 H6846b 2009 Available in some locations

Annotation:Because ducks are the new chickens! (Or are ducks the new goats?)

Keeping Bees in Towns & Cities
Keeping Bees in Towns & Cities By Dixon, Luke (Book - 2012 ) 638.1 D6215k 2012 All copies in use Availability details Holds: 4 on 1 copy

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

Get Started in Beekeeping
Get Started in Beekeeping By Waring, Adrian (Book - 2010 ) 638.1 W276g 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Get Started in Beekeeping 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.

The Backyard Goat
The Backyard Goat An Introductory Guide to Keeping Productive Pet Goats By Weaver, Sue (Book - 2011 ) 636.39 W3638b 2011 All copies in use Availability details

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.

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