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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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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