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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (March 18, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602397457
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602397453
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #659,099 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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Laura Childs spent many years working in the communications and marketing industry. From desktop publishing for both corporate and socially-minded clients, to programming and creating online Knowledge Management courseware for highly respected authors in their field; Laura has worked in Canada and internationally in a vast array of roles.

In the last 20 years she's provided many of her services and offered consultation from her hobby farm located high in the hills of the Canadian Shield. On the farm, Laura raised her daughter to discover her own talents and interests, be adept at living off the land, and balance it all with compassion, grace, and social responsibility. After 17 years on the farm, mother and daughter now live apart, but near each other, in southern Ontario.

With such diverse interests and life experiences, Laura has turned to utilizing her talents to inspire others, helping each to recognize their potential and rise to their personal best. While Laura has spent many years writing about country living, she now writes and blogs on more personal and accessible topics of health, diet, weight loss and natural foods. She has most recently co-authored a book with her daughter on the weight loss diet they created together, "Low Carb, High Fat, No Hunger Diet" (June, 2014).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Future Farmer Dan on February 16, 2011
Format: Paperback
As someone in the process of buying farm land and making the decisions about the types of animals I'll raise, I found this book to be highly instructive. I enjoyed reading about the different breeds of goats, chickens, and other animals, how to house and care for them, and even how to deal with some of the less appealing parts of farming, castration and butchering.

The book provides lots of illustrations and color photos to aid in understanding the differences in breeds and concepts like the benefits of pasture rotation and hoof care. Each animal type lists numerous medical conditions along with instructions for prevention and treatment.

In my youth I spent several summers on farms and learned the value of having trained, friendly farm animals. There is a big difference between keeping a field of basically wild cattle who run from you and might even trample you if cornered, versus well trained, friendly animals who are respectful of the farmer and know a proper daily routine. Childs discusses training of each animal type which, at least for me, is a big part of the joy of keeping farm animals.

If there is anything negative to say about this book, its that rabbits are not included and Childs has a long, cold winter slant. In her defense, Childs wrote about her experiences and if she didn't raise rabbits, she was right not to discuss them, and with her farm being in Canada, she understandably doesn't discuss the differences of wintering animals on Florida farmland.

I checked this book out of the library and found it so valuable that now I'll have to buy a copy to keep forever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Addie on March 12, 2013
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I am NOT a farmer (yet) but I'm starting to try to pre-educate myself on a few things (mostly goats and chickens). I read this book on my Kindle Fire HD 7'' and don't have any blaringly obvious errors to report.

I was comfortable with the information provided, while I may not know enough to say "hey, that's wrong", nothing seemed blatantly stupid, cruel, innacruate, or against common sense. It was nice that she provided what she thought was the best way (as in as humanely as possible when considerin the task at hand) way to kill and butcher most of the animals she covered in the book. She also gives her opinion as to when you just really don't want to tackle some task as a first-timer or without special equipmetn and help.

In my position (knowing some basics about general animal care, and being better at cats and dogs, but hoping to like I said, one day have a couple chickens and goats for meat/milk/fiber/eggs as appropriate), I found the information useful as a grounding in several ways:
-it was enough information to get an idea of where I think I need to find more information
-it was enough information to maybe really muddly my way through if I was the kind to try to just jump in and learn as I go from mistakes and triumphs (but in this case I'm definitely not doing that! mistakes in this case can cause avoidable harm to a living creature)/ For someone who is a bit more confident or might have more farm-knowledge in their social network, it would probably be enough to try the simpler animals such as chickens.
-it was enough for me to decide I don't want to try certain animals, at first or maybe ever.
I an an admitted nerd/book worm, so take it into consideration, but I found the book well laid-out, and quite readable. I enjoyed reaiding it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Saari on December 16, 2013
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It is a wealth of information for me & my husband. The guidelines for housing and specie behavior were especially informative.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fran on January 28, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
You have a new farm and want to get some animals, but where do you turn for information on raising them. Here is the book you need.Whether for pet or for food, "The Joy of Raising Farms Animals" helps you get started. Feeding, housing and more are covered in this book. Whether it be chickens, pigs, sheep, goats or cows, you will find the information need to keep your animals healthy and happy!
"Please note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review."
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