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Barnyard in Your Backyard: A Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, and Cattle Paperback – July 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC (July 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1580174566
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580174565
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 1 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,987 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Damerow, author of several books on chickens and a breeder of dairy goats, has compiled a primer on easy-to-raise and companionable farm animals that will provide a good return for the novice farmer. The introduction acquaints the reader with all the pros and cons of keeping farm animals, covering such topics as manure, noise, and dealing with the neighbors. Six types of livestock are covered in depth, starting with chickens as perhaps the easiest to keep, then moving through ducks and geese, rabbits, goats, sheep, and finally dairy and beef cattle. Each chapter introduces the animal and describes breeds; discusses the animal's personality and how to handle it; provides information on feeding, housing, and routine care; and finally tells how to deal with the animal's output of eggs, milk, fiber, or meat. Simple, clear, and straightforward instructions and advice help the new animal keeper with any questions, and line drawings illustrate many concepts. Nancy Bent
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“Fleecing sheep, goat-proofing gates, preventing frostbite on the knob heads of African geese – it’s all covered in this agro-centric tome.” –Newsday

 

“…simple, clear instructions for animal care…” –Pet Product News

 

“…a primer on easy-to-raise and companionable farm animals that will provide a good return for the novice farmer.” –Booklist

 

“Whether you plan to create your mini-farm as a hobby or to create a new business, Barnyard in Your Backyard is an excellent guide.”

                                    -San Gabriel Valley Daily Tribune

                                    -Pasadena, Ca Star-News

                                    -Whittier, CA News

 

“Packed with tried-and-true advice on raising happy and healthy farm animals, Barnyard in Your Backyard…is perfect for novice farmers.” –Country Almanac

 

Customer Reviews

It is a very easy to read book and well organized.
elsaint
This book has tons of information to get started on raising animals in your backyard.
fan
Also excellent for cattle (beef and dairy) and more!
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115 of 118 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 12, 2004
Format: Paperback
Barnyard In Your Backyard is a decent introduction to animal husbandry. It contains enough basic information to get you started with any of the animals covered, but should really be supplemented with a book specific to the animal you are interested in. The emphasis here was definitely on breadth rather than depth. That's not necessarily a bad thing.
I did find the layout of the chapters a bit haphazard. For example, my interest is in ducks and chickens. When trying to figure out what size of run/pasture and sort of shelter would be required, I really had to carefully read both chapters, start to finish, to find all the relevant tidbits that were scattered throughout.
The later chapters (goats, sheep, and cows) looked to be a bit better organized, but I only scanned them as they weren't in-line with my interests.
The organization and lack of depth doesn't make it a particulaly good reference, but for an introduction to husbandry of several different animals, the authors have succeeded.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful By Cyberpiper on May 4, 2003
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Excellent book for someone starting to raise livestock either for the first time or after a long absence. Basic information presented in an easy to read and understand format. Gives a good basic understanding of what is needed for the various types of livestock covered. Though I personally would have wished perhaps a bit more depth in some areas overall I found it to be an excellent read and well worth it as an reference book.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 14, 2005
Format: Paperback
You can't get all-inclusive with this many species in one book, but this book comes awfully close. An amazing introduction to basic animal care. Definitely check this out *before* you bring home those cute chicks, or rabbits, or goats! Also excellent for cattle (beef and dairy) and more!
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful By S. Oliver on March 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
Very thorough, very easy to read. Covers a wide range of animals that you might like to consider keeping. Both high level and detailed information in one volume to suit the kind of inquiry you may be making. Excellent.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mary Ann on May 30, 2006
Format: Paperback
Over the past year, I have gotten into raising chickens, rabbits, and most recently, goats. I have used this book each time to learn about the basics of the species, housing requirements, feeding, and other issues. I am not an expert by any means (and was clueless when I started!) but this book has been a tremendous resource to get me going with animals.

I think that the organization of the book is great and the writing style is clear, interesting, and easy to follow. Overall, if you think you want to start raising any of the animals covered in this book (chickens, ducks, geese, rabbits, goats, sheep or cattle) I think this is a excellent, non-intimidating choice.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JA Thompson on February 18, 2009
Format: Paperback
My husband and I decided to buy 10 acres and leave the city life 3 years ago. We were like fish out of water. I am sure our new neighbors had a few chuckles. We were not able to decide on what we wanted to do with our new land so I purchased this book to study the different ideas. This book has been an excellent source of information. We were able to get started in raising Boer goats. The book explained everything we needed to get started including setting up the housing and fence. So far we have been successful in breeding and increasing our herd. We now have decided to start raising chickens and pulled out the book again to get prepared.
I strongly recommend this book for anyone who is looking into raising livestock. It is staple on our shelf and provides all of the information that we need.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Japangela on April 15, 2007
Format: Paperback
I've gone from completely ignorant city girl to hobby farmer in one year using this book as my sole source of reference in caring for my rabbit, goat, and chickens. "BYB" is easy to read, nicely organized, has helpful illustrations, and uses up-to-date terminology and slang so you don't feel like an idiot when venturing into the farm store for the first time. Many people ask me how I know so much having been a first-time hobby farmer. I tell them about this book. My neighbor borrowed my "BYB" and immediately purchased her own. I just recently found out she quit her full-time job and came home to raise her 5yo twin children while bringing in the extra income with her 10 goats (milk), 17 chickens (eggs), duck, and goose (pets)- using this book as her primary guide. Thanks to BYB I cured my goat of lice in 24hrs, then called the previous owner, who's been raising goats for years and years, to give her advice on how to de-lice her own herd!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennine L. Wardle on June 16, 2008
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"Barnyard in Your Backyard" is truly what it claims to be "A beginner's guide" to several species of livestock. Much of the information contained in it is definitely a good place to start if you're thinking about raising any of these breeds in your small or large lawn. While I've found similar information on several aspects of the individual species, it was nice to have them compiled into one "manual" and I thoroughly appreciated the special notes the author made about how these species might get along with each other in a domestic livestock situation, including beneficial and potentially detrimental aspects (such as increased disease risk). Even though it is transparent which species and breeds the author prefers, the information is quite adequate to help you determine what species and breeds you might appreciate. The references and resources provided in this book are excellent pointers to get more comprehensive information on any animal that you wish to research further.

There were only two drawbacks to this book: 1) the assumption that only commercial rations were appropriate to feed your animals (and no references to more organic or free-range dietary resources); and 2) the conspicuous absence of pigs! I'm sure the pigs were left out because many jurisdictions do not allow pigs anywhere near civilization even though they are remarkably easy to care for - the poor pigs are so discriminated against! I was surprised to see such a large chapter on Cattle, since they do require a significant amount of land (not just the average suburban yard) but the information was good.

If you've been thinking about getting livestock to supply some extra food or even a more aesthetic pleasure, this is a great start!
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