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The Homesteader s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook

Author : Amy K. Fewell
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The Homesteader’s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook is the modern homesteader’s guide to raising, feeding, breeding, selling, and enjoying the noblest animal on the farm—the chicken. From the rooster’s crow in the morning, to the warm egg in the nesting box, chickens are the gateway livestock for almost every homesteader and backyard farm enthusiast. In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know about raising chickens naturally. Fewell guides you in: understanding why chickens do what they do creating your very own poultry or egg business preventing and treating ailments with herbal remedies setting up your property, coop, and brooder hatching chicks purchasing chickens properly cooking delicious recipes with your farm fresh eggs and poultry. This is heritage chicken keeping skills 101, with a modern twist. Not only will you gain knowledge about naturally keeping chickens through every stage of their lives, but you’ll fully embrace the joy and ease of raising all-natural chickens on your homestead.

The Homesteading Handbook

Author : Abigail R. Gehring
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Explains how to grow an organic garden, preserve the food one grows, build alternate-energy devices by hand, identify edible wild foods, conserve water, handcraft household items and much more, in a book with 500 full-color illustrations. Original.

The Small Scale Poultry Flock

Author : Harvey Ussery
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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. 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 to 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.

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals

Author : Gail Damerow
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Enjoy a weekend breakfast featuring eggs, bacon, and honey from your own chickens, pigs, and bees, or a holiday meal with your own heritage-breed turkey as the main attraction. Gail Damerow covers everything you need to successfully raise your own farm animals, from selecting the right breeds to producing delicious fresh milk, cheese, honey, eggs, and meat. Even with just a small plot of land, you can become more self-sufficient, save money, and enjoy healthy, delicious animal products.

Backyard Livestock Raising Good Natural Food for Your Family Fourth Edition Countryman Know How

Author : George B. Looby
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A new edition of the essential guide to animal husbandry Have you ever celebrated Thanksgiving with a turkey from a local farm, instead of a packaged, frozen supermarket bird? Ever cracked a farm-fresh egg into the skillet next to a store-bought one? The difference in quality can’t be overstated. Small-scale livestock farming not only brings better, safer, and more delicious food to your table, but it can do so economically. Long the primary reference for anyone who keeps animals as a sustainable food source, this latest edition comes with a beautiful new design and includes up-to-date information on breeding, feeding, disease prevention, housing, and management. Complete with clarifying diagrams, full color photography, and a catalog of supplemental reading, Backyard Livestock continues to be the best resource for those who wish to sustainably and ethically raise their own farm-fresh food.


Author : Abigail R. Gehring
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A companion guide to the best-selling Back to Basics shares recommendations for identifying and incorporating green lifestyle choices, covering practices ranging from container gardening and keeping chickens to using rainwater and supporting sustainable restaurants.

Raising Chickens

Author : Jason Howard
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Uncover the best homesteading methods to help you raise healthy chickens and enjoy fresh eggs with this practical guide to modern chicken-rearing methods Do you want to get started in raising your chickens naturally and providing fresh, organic poultry products for yourself and your family, but don't know where to begin? If yes, then this guide might just be what you need. Raising chickens can be difficult, especially if you've never had experience doing it before. In this guide, Jason Howard hands you the blueprint you will need to raise healthy chickens with tips ranging from coop-building and selecting the best chicken breed to making your own custom chicken feed. Here's a preview of what you're going to learn in Raising Chickens: 3 essential steps you must take before you begin raising chickens 7 surefire tips to help you protect your chickens from predators 6 important questions to ask yourself before choosing to buy a coop or build one yourself 20 critical features your chicken coop must have if you want to raise healthy, robust chickens The 5-step technique to help you choose the best chicken breed for your budget and needs 9 easy and effective ways to check the health of the chicken before purchasing it 15 necessary tools you need to help you take care of your chickens All the tasks you need to carry out to keep your chicken healthy and in top shape including daily, weekly, monthly and semi-yearly tasks 3 things you can add to a chicken's diet to help you get that bright orange yolk in your eggs How to make your own chicken feed without breaking a sweat ...and tons more! Filled with deep insights into this wildly popular and commercially useful avian species, this guide will show you everything you need to know to raise healthy chickens from the comfort of your own backyard! Scroll to the top of the page and click the "Buy Now" button to get started today!

Homesteading Birds Farm

Author : Trevor Ollsen
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Homesteading Birds Farm: How To Raise Ducks, Chickens, And Quails On Your Farm Book 1: Raising Quails Naturally: Learn How To Equip A Quail Coop And Raise Healthy Quails Are you wanting to be self sufficient and are considering keeping chickens in your backyard? Before you do you need to take a look at this guide to raising quails. You'll be surprised at how easy it can be to raise quails and enjoy their eggs, meat or simply breed them. These birds are generally easier to manage than chickens but there are certain precautions that you must take. Their smallness and their ability to fly are two of the most concerning factors. That's why you need to read this guide; it will help to ensure you build their coop correctly and provide them with everything they need to live happy lives. You may never be able to completely de-stress a quail but with the right approach you can dramatically reduce the stress they are under; and improve their quality of life. At the same time you'll find a lot of pleasure in looking after them and watching the new arrivals. Book 2: Raising Ducks Naturally: Guide For Beginners On How To Raise Healthy Ducks Without A Pond, How to Feed Them, And Take Care for Them When it comes to foul most people think of chickens as the perfect option for their small holding or as a pet. However, ducks can be just as good if not better than chickens! In fact ducks are generally hardier than chickens. They don't get ill as easily and are very happy in most climates. Of course ducks do have specific needs regarding their habitat and how to look after them properly. A duck has a large number of predators which you need to give them protection against. You also need to be aware of the most common issues with keeping ducks and how to deal with them. Once you've got past that you'll find that ducks are wonderful pets and can give you a much larger supplier of eggs than chickens. Book 3: Raising Chicks Naturally: How To Equip A Chicken Coop And Raise Healthy Chicken If you're considering getting chickens but are baffled by the array of information available and daunted by what appears to be an immense task then you've come to the right place! There is no doubt that keeping chickens can be a rewarding and very satisfying experience. But you'll need the right advice to ensure this is the case and it's not simply frustrating. Download your E book "Homesteading Birds Farm: How To Raise Ducks, Chickens, And Quails On Your Farm" by scrolling up and clicking "Buy Now with 1-Click" button!

How to Raise Chickens for Eggs and Meat

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Raising chickens is a fun adventure for a beginning or experienced chicken farmer to embark upon. In doing so, you’ll increase your overall health and have a lot of fun doing so! However, it does require some basic research. This book will teach you how to: • Select the best breed of chicken for your needs • Raise chickens from day-old chicks • Incubate eggs • Construct and equip brooders • Raise chicks • Troubleshoot health problems in freshly hatched chicks • Transition pullets and cockerels to an outdoor coop • Build and equip coops with feed, water, nesting, and roosting systems • Evaluate whether free-ranging is right for your birds • Prevent the incidence of predators • Decide upon the best coop construction for your lifestyle • Provide proper feed, water, shelter, and bedding • Increase efficiency and environmental friendliness through helpful add-ons • Raise laying hens • Increase and maintain egg production • Deal with the molting process • Raise healthy meat birds • Slaughter, butcher and process meat birds • Overwinter (or raise birds throughout cold months) • Maintain adequate egg production during the winter • Improve meat quality and flavor • Be a successful and happy chicken owner! About the Expert: Rebekah White lives in upstate New York on a small, cozy slice of heaven. She raises chickens, pigs, honey bees, and vegetables to sustain herself and her close family. When she’s not at home with her animals, she is working at her “day job” teaching high school English at a rural school. In the meantime, she enjoys running, traveling, cooking (especially with fresh produce and homegrown meats!), and writing (ideally about the farm!). She has also published articles on home remedies and recipes, canning and food preservation, and various general interest stories. HowExpert publishes quick 'how to' guides on all topics from A to Z by everyday experts.

How to Raise Chickens for Meat

Author : Michelle Marine
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If self-sufficiency and raising your own food is important to you, this book will help you pull together a complete farm-to-table experience. Gone are the days when grandma headed to the chicken coop in search of dinner. In this day and age, when fewer and fewer people know where their food comes from, How to Raise Chickens for Meat helps families take control of their food supply once again. Divided into four easy-to-navigate sections,How to Raise Chickens for Meat is packed with practical information. The first section, Getting Started, includes information on breed specifics, timing, and quantity. This section will help you analyze options and make informed decisions as you get started. The second section, Care & Feeding, dives into the specifics of keeping your flock healthy. Learn how to set up a brooder, what to feed your chickens, how to safely pasture them, and how to keep your flock stress-free. The third section, Butchering, prepares you for one of the more challenging parts of raising chickens for meat. It addresses some of the emotions you may feel along with the actual process of butchering and provides practical tips to make it easier. It also discusses alternative options if you don’t want to process your own chickens. The book concludes with cooking tips and delicious tried and true farm-to-table recipes to impress even the most doubtful family member! How to Raise Chickens for Meat is the resource your homestead library has been missing.

The Complete Homesteading Handbook

Author : Emily Robert
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Homesteading іѕ a lіfеѕtуlе оf self-sufficiency. It іѕ сhаrасtеrіzеd by ѕubѕіѕtеnсе agriculture, hоmе preservation of fооd, аnd mау аlѕо іnvоlvе the small ѕсаlе рrоduсtіоn of textiles, сlоthіng, аnd сrаftwоrk for household uѕе оr ѕаlе. Pursued іn dіffеrеnt wауѕ around the wоrld-аnd іn different hіѕtоrісаl eras-homesteading is generally dіffеrеntіаtеd from rural village оr commune lіvіng bу isolation (еіthеr socially оr рhуѕісаllу) оf thе homestead. Uѕе of the tеrm іn thе United States dаtеѕ back tо thе Hоmеѕtеаd Aсt (1862) аnd bеfоrе. In ѕub-Sаhаrаn Africa, particularly іn nаtіоnѕ fоrmеrlу соntrоllеd by thе Brіtіѕh Emріrе, a hоmеѕtеаd іѕ thе hоuѕеhоld compound for a single extended family. In thе UK, the tеrm 'smallholder' оr 'сrоftѕ' іѕ thе rоugh equivalent оf 'homesteader'. Here is a full-color guide to help you and your family to be kinder to Mother Earth, while being kind to your bank account! It doesn't matter where your homestead is located-farm, suburb, or even city-you can learn to grow vegetables, use alternative energy, can and preserve, and more! You, too, can be more self-sufficient!With the rapid depletion of our planet's natural resources, we would all like to live a more self-sufficient lifestyle. But in the midst of an economic crisis, it's just as important to save money as it is to go green.Plan, plant, and harvest your own organic home garden.Enjoy fruits and vegetables year-round by canning, drying, and freezing.Build alternate energy devices by hand, such as solar panels or geothermal heat pumps.Differentiate between an edible puffball mushroom and a poisonous amanita.Prepare butternut squash soup using ingredients from your own garden.The Homesteading Handbook is your roadmap to living in harmony with the land.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Urban Homesteading

Author : Sundari Kraft
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How to save money, time, and the environment - on the urban frontier. With The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Urban Homesteading anyone can learn how to live sustainably and responsibly - and save money and time - in any urban environment. Expert urban homesteader Sundari Elizabeth Kraft shares her hands-on knowledge of: growing organic foods and preserving them; composting; raising small livestock and chickens; generating electricity and biofuels; and other ways to cut costs and live green. This book has all the information required to become a successful urban homesteader in any city. ? Practical advice on everything from composting to clean energy. ? Sundari Elizabeth Kraft is an expert in urban homesteading.

Welcome to the Farm

Author : Shaye Elliott
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A fresh, new guide to the backyard lifestyle The homesteading movement is continuing to grow, as more people are stepping up to have a hand in where their food comes from. Whether you want to dabble or immerse yourself completely in the do-it-yourself, back-to-basics lifestyle, Welcome to the Farm is a comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to growing the very best food right in your own backyard. Shaye Elliott takes readers on a journey that teaches them how to harvest baskets full of organic produce, milk a dairy cow (and make butter), plant a homestead orchard, can jams and jellies, and even raise chickens and bees. From her experience running The Elliott Homestead, Shaye provides all the how-to wisdom you need to know about: The benefits of a home garden The basics of seed starting Building your own greenhouse What belongs in the winter garden Canning, freezing, and dehydrating techniques and recipes The pros and cons of caged vs. free-change chickens Keeping a dairy cow and what to do with all the milk Raising animals for meat Making your own cider and wine And so much more! Welcome to the Farm is aimed to serve homesteaders and urban-farmers alike, guiding them through the beginning stages of small-area farming and utilizing whatever amount of space they have available for optimal and delicious food production.

The Homesteader s Handbook to Raising Small Livestock

Author : Jerome D. Belanger
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Assesses the problems, benefits, and work involved in raising rabbits, chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, hogs, geese, ducks, guinea fowl, and pigeons for home consumption

Homesteading in the 21st Century

Author : George Nash
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A pair of accomplished homesteaders explain how to create a more self-sufficient home in either a rural or urban setting--from keeping chickens to growing a garden to brewing beer--in a book with 180 full-color photos and 50 drawings. Original.

Backyard Farming Raising Chickens

Author : Kim Pezza
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Your Backyard Farming Experience Begins Here! Whether for eggs, meat, fun, or profit, chickens are the perfect addition to any new backyard grower’s farm. Backyard Farming: Raising Chickens is your guide to successfully caring for your flock. As a comprehensive primer for first-time chicken farmers, Raising Chickens includes detailed illustrations and informative photographs that help to ease new homesteaders into the world of backyard chicken farming. Raising Chickens takes you from start to finish: from planning out your chickens’ space, to hatching and raising new chicks, to keeping your birds happy, healthy, and well-fed, to enjoying your very own farm-fresh eggs and more. With Raising Chickens, you will: • Find the ideal breed of bird for your needs • Construct a coop to minimize your workload and maximize your enjoyment • Gather eggs for food, profit, or to hatch your own birds to add to your flock • Use the freshest eggs possible in a variety of delicious recipes …and many more tips and tricks from experienced farmers to help you avoid the most common mistakes. Raising Chickens is your first big step to joining the growing movement of homemakers and homesteaders looking to make a return to a healthier, happier way of life—and it starts right in your own backyard. Backyard Farming is a series of easy-to-use guides to help urban, suburban, and rural dwellers turn their homes into homesteads. Whether planning to grow food for the family or for sale at the local farmers market, Backyard Farming provides simple instruction and essential information in a convenient reference.

Extreme Simplicity

Author : Christopher Nyerges
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Perfect guide to self-sufficient city dwelling shows how to use available natural resources in an intelligent, efficient way. Covers growing and preserving food, energy conservation, recycling, keeping chickens and bees, and more.

Modern Homesteading

Author : Living the Country Life
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An accessible guide for the aspiring modern homesteader from the craftsmen at Living the Country Life magazine! Grow your own crops, raise backyard animals, and preserve your bounty for the winter months and beyond. Once upon a time, people had a real connection with the land. Instead of being mere consumers, they were producers and makers. Traditional skills were learned to eliminate a reliance on others, enabling the self-sufficiency that’s at the heart of the Do-It-Yourself movement. And this artisanal wisdom was passed on to family and friends. The editors at Living the Country Life magazine have collected this essential expertise into Modern Homesteading, a guide to rediscovering the crucial skills to truly go from farm to table. Whether you live in the country or just want to reconnect with nature in your own backyard, Modern Homesteading provides guidance to: * Build a chicken coop, raise and care for chicks, and produce farm-fresh eggs for the breakfast table * Grow your own fruits, vegetables, grains, and herbs for a healthy and delicious bounty * Preserve and can your favorite fruits and vegetables to enjoy their flavors throughout the year * Customize your garden for a harmonious mix of plants that yield what you need, when you need it Whether you’re raising urban chickens behind your Brooklyn brownstone or feeding your family from a front-yard organic veggie plot, this book can bring a little self-sufficiency into any life.

The Urban Homestead

Author : Kelly Coyne
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Provides information for city dwellers on achieving a self-sufficient lifestyle, covering such topics as growing food, composting with worms, preserving and fermenting food, and cleaning one's house without toxins.

Gardening with Chickens

Author : Lisa Steele
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Welcome to a world where chickens and gardens coexist! Join Lisa Steele, chicken-keeper extraordinaire and founder of Fresh Eggs Daily, on a unique journey through the garden. Start by planning your garden and learning strategies and tips for keeping your plants safe while they grow. Plant with purpose, choosing from a dozen plans for theme gardens such as Orange Egg Yolks or Nesting Box Herbs. Or choose a design that's filled with edibles - sharing the bounty with your family and your feathered friends. Then comes the fun part: enjoy the harvest, even let the chickens graze! Lisa's friendly writing, together with inspirational photos and illustrations, will have you rolling up your sleeves and reaching for your gardening tools. Lisa also covers a range of topics just for chicken-keepers, including: - Chickens and composting - Using chickens to aerate and till - Coop window boxes - Plants to avoid when you have chickens - Lists of the most valuable crops and herbs - Advice on how to harvest and use many of the plants - And much more! Whether you're an experienced chicken keeper, master gardener, or just getting into these two wonderful hobbies, Gardening with Chickens is an indispensable guide for a harmonious homestead.