The Joy of Keeping Farm Animals: Raising Chickens, Goats, Pigs, Sheep, and Cows (Joy of Series) (Paperback)
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A second edition of the beloved guide to farm animals.
When the going gets tough, the tough . . . 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 animalsfrom eggs to milk to meat to woolbased 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 intention of making your own cheese, or sustain your family and make some extra money from raising cows and selling beef, this is the book for you.
Childs explains how to get started and everything you need to know about successfully raising each animal, including:
Comparison of breeds
Designing your farm strategy
Preparing a home for your livestock
What to feed your animals
Milking, laying eggs, and butchering
This invaluable guide is the perfect first book for anyone interested in starting a backyard barnyard or a small farmor simply dreaming about the idea.
About the Author
Laura Childs was a self-proclaimed city girl who broke away from the hectic urban life. Now living on a small, self-sustained farm in Ontario, Canada, she chronicles everyday adventures of raising goats, chickens, horses, and other animals on her Web site, goodbyecitylife.com. She is the author of The Joy of Keeping Farm Animals and The Joy of Keeping Goats.