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The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals: Choose the Best Breeds for Small-Space Farming, Produce Your Own Grass-Fed Meat, Gather Fresh Eggs, Collect Fresh Milk, Make Your Own Cheese, Keep Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Cattle, & Bees Paperback – Mar 23 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 1 edition (March 23 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603429697
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603429696
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.5 x 27.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #34,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

The Best Breakfast You'll Ever Eat, Courtesy of Your Backyard Animals:
  1. Gather fresh eggs for fluffy omelets.
  2. Stuff homemade sausages with meat.
  3. Fill your omelet with tangy, creamy cheese.
  4. Stir sweet honey into tea or coffee.
  5. Fry a steak or bacon as a savory side.
  6. Top off your meal with a cold glass of milk.
Breakfast isn't the only meal you'll enjoy from your backyard farm...
Imagine the satisfaction of feeding your family wholesome eggs, milk, meat, and honey produced by animals raised organically and humanely in your backyard. On as little land as one-tenth of an acre, you can raise healthy, productive barnyard animals and take a big step toward food independence.

Learn how to:
  • Raise chickens in brooder boxes
  • Determine the freshness of eggs hidden in the backyard
  • Roast a duck or goose to perfection
  • Make goat-milk yogurt
  • Interpret everyday sheep behavior
  • Harvest honey
  • Raise your own Thanksgiving turkey
  • Manage your beef cattle to produce the best-tasting meat
Includes Full-Color at-a-Glance Breed Guide

The animal-raising companion to The Backyard Homestead.

About the Author

Gail Damerow, author of The Chicken Health Handbook, 2nd Edition, has written extensively on raising chickens and other livestock, growing fruits and vegetables, and related rural know-how in more than a dozen country skills how-to books, including the best-selling Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, The Chicken Encyclopedia, and Hatching and Brooding Your Own Chicks. Damerow is a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry and Countryside magazines. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, where they operate a family farm with poultry and dairy goats, a sizable garden, and a small orchard. 



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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mama Terrafemina on April 27 2011
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I have been a wee bit overwhelmed with information on starting raising critters on our acre. This is a fine beginning. Sometimes the trickiest part to getting a job done is getting started. I feel confident enough using this one as the basic guide to building and over all care of the critters we will have soon. I like it lots and lots in a jelly tots box!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Prevost on March 8 2014
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When I read it for the first time, I cried, and it's no jokes...My eyes still get all watery even just talking about it after several months from receiving it. I've never had a better book than this, there is so much useful information that I've even used for my own pet bunny concerning its health. A pet! Not just farm animals! This one and the original are pretty much a must have in any homesteader's library as it's full of good stuff, well illustrated and concise.
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This book has a lot of helpful information and great diagrams to go along with it. It was really nice to also be able to look at an overview of what adding different animals to my hobby farm would be like as far as work, feed, and feasibility. I have goats and have a lot of books and resources on them but I still managed to find the goat section in this book to be helpful thanks to its simplicity and organization. Worth every penny!!
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By Kat on July 2 2012
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I really enjoyed reading this book. I already had the first one and I enjoyed the set up of the first book. I was not disappointed in this. Its a great first book if looking for general information about breeds and such.
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By Madilynn on Aug. 24 2015
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This book I love. I know I can look this all up on the internet but so much easier to have on the shelf in the barn. Thanks for putting it together for newbies like me!
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