This is the book that tells you just about everything you need to know to raise poultry on pasture, from the egg up through processing. Based on years of hands-on experiences -- both success and failures -- the authors hold back nothing about the realities, advantages, disadvantages and rewards of small-scale poultry production systems for income and community food self-sufficiency.
When was the last time you tasted a really fresh egg? Most commercially produced eggs spend time in storage and become stale. There’s a big difference, too, between poultry raised commercially and raised at home. Commercial eating birds live out their brief spans in totally artificial surroundings, but home-grown chickens can result in better flavor and firmer texture.
Roll up your sleeves and build a better farm!
Loaded with complete plans and easy-to-follow construction tips, this book offers a creative mix of both practical and decorative projects for working and hobby farms. Veteran family farmers and 4-H alumni Samantha and Daniel Johnson present 20 essential projects for aspiring homesteaders. From log jacks, rabbit hutches, and milking stands to a weather vane and a barn quilt, each hands-on project includes clear step-by-step color photographs to guide the reader.
An introduction to the DIY mindset, the book explains the positive benefits and satisfaction of building things yourself (and it provides an overview of the basic tools and skills needed to complete each task). Farm DIY also includes a background discussion of farming today, as well as instructions for building an effective farmer’s market display stand for selling your products.
Inside Farm DIY:
• 20 step-by-step, do-it-yourself projects for creating the farm of your dreams
• Build practical items like fences, gates, bee houses, log jacks, rabbit hutches and milking stools
• Make fun items like a weather vane, barn quilt, and goat seesaw
• Create an attractive display stand for selling your products at farmers markets
• Easy-to-complete projects that all feature inexpensive materials and basic techniques
In Folks, This Ain't Normal, he discusses how far removed we are from the simple, sustainable joy that comes from living close to the land and the people we love. Salatin has many thoughts on what normal is and shares practical and philosophical ideas for changing our lives in small ways that have big impact.
Get all the animal know-how, big or small, with our Backyard Animals Package from Grit! Whether you're thinking about keeping chickens in your backyard, breeding rabbits in a colony, or raising barnyard animals, this package has you covered. Our limited-time package includes three specially curated issues from Grit, including Guide to Barnyard Animals, Guide to Chickens, and Guide to Backyard Rabbits, 6th Edition.
Raising chickens involves a variety of skills, from building a chicken coop to knowing what to feed the birds. GRIT Country Skills Series Guide to Chickens shows all you need to know. In this issue, you will read advice from flock owners and gain insight on incubators vs. broody hens.
At 100 full-color pages, this one-of-a-kind reference book is designed to arm you with all the information needed to enjoy the simple country pleasures of farm-fresh eggs and poultry, straight from your own backyard.
GRIT's Guide to Backyard Chickens
includes an extensive collection of relevant articles, including: • Keep Chickens Comfortable in All Temperatures
• Best Chicken Breeds
• Egg and Chicken Recipe
• Free-Range Flocks
• DIY Coops
• Explore the Entertaining Behavior of Your Flock
• Learn More from the Experts Who Blog for GRIT
• Taking Precautions – Recent outbreaks of salmonella highlight the need to care when tending a backyard flock
• Eggs, Eggs, and More Eggs! Once your flock has started laying eggs, what do you do with all the extras?
• Fermentations for the Flock – Improve your poultry’s health while saving money at the feed store
What came first the chicken or the egg? Although this issue won’t answer that age old question, the Grit Guide to Backyard Chickens, 10th Edition will answer most of your chicken related questions! No matter if you’ve had chickens for years or are only thinking about getting some, this special issue will have answers to your questions! Inside, you’ll learn how to choose the right chickens, feed your chickens a nutritional diet, get the best egg production out of your flock, and more!
Anyone, at any age, can enjoy the benefits and pleasures of keeping a backyard chicken flock. Whether you have yet to take the plunge and buy your very first chickens or are a seasoned chicken owner, the newest Guide to Backyard Chickens is an enjoyable read for everyone! This guide from Grit is 100 pages of articles written by chicken experts. It provides more than 65 keys to keeping a healthy, productive flock, plus recipes for eggs and chicken meat, DIY chicken coops, and information on owning guinea fowl, ducks and geese.
GRIT has compiled 100 pages of helpful articles on basic skills for raising barnyard animals. This full-color guide features advice, tips, and ideas from industry experts on raising and maintaining your animal herd … whether you have cattle, horses, sheep, goats, bees, chickens, rabbits, or alpacas.
Read how to care for livestock in any weather. Learn a handful of helpful things you need to put together a disaster plan for the small farm. Discover secrets on grazing, forage, and shelters.
GRIT has created more than six editions of GRIT Guide to Chickens, and all have been extremely popular with readers and full of valuable, expertly written articles on raising and maintaining a healthy backyard flock. Now, GRIT has compiled the best of the best chicken articles into this newly updated and revised premium issue! The second edition of the GRIT Premium: Guide to Chickens features 112 pages of articles to get you tending your flock to the best of your abilities. With this premium issue, get advice from GRIT flock owners, learn about a variety of chicken breeds, discover why and how a rooster crows, try delicious recipes for eggs and meat chickens, keep predators at bay, build a coop, and more. Other articles include: • Incredible Homestead Chickens – Easy-to-keep, chickens will provide delicious eggs and meat, plus bug control, fertilizer, and tillage. • Use Up Those Eggs – Without feeding the local wildlife. • Wintering Chickens – Fowl weather lies ahead; follow a few easy steps, and your flock won’t be vulnerable. • Chickens in the Garden – You can “recoop” much of the expense of raising chickens by putting their manure to work in your garden and enlisting your birds for organic pest control. • Adventures with Mail-Order Chickens – Certain beverages and ordering poultry do not mix.
Grit has compiled 100 pages of helpful articles on raising farm animals and maximizing your livestock investment. This full-color guide features advice, tips and ideas from industry experts on raising and maintaining your animal herd … whether you have cattle, horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits or alpacas. Plus, organic farmer and author Joel Salatin offers his rotational grazing guidelines!
There’s a lot of advice out there on how to successfully raise farm animals, and as with any advice, some is better than others. To help ensure readers are receiving the best advice on raising farm animals, GRIT has compiled 100 pages of articles, written by livestock experts, into one simple, helpful guide. The second edition to Guide to Raising Farm Animals has more than 47 keys to finding the best animals for your homestead. It covers the best care for your livestock in heat and cold, how to protect your animals from predators, tips on rotational grazing, and much more.
The Grit Premium Guide to Chickens Set includes over 200 pages of practical information about chickens for everyday use!
With this set you receive:
• Grit Premium Guide to Chickens
• Grit Premium Guide to Chickens, 2nd Edition
GRIT has created more than six editions of GRIT Guide to Backyard Chickens, and all have been extremely popular with readers and full of valuable, expertly written articles on raising and maintaining a healthy backyard flock. Now, GRIT has compiled the best of the best chicken articles into one premium issue! There are more than 111 tips for raising the best poultry flock, advice from experienced flock owners, more than 27 egg and meat recipes, information on heritage chicken breeds, pros and cons of coop lights, details on other poultry (such as quail and ducks), and so much more.
As communities across the country amend urban bylaws to allow backyard flocks, more and more of us are enjoying the pleasures and rewards of keeping hens in the garden.Her book is stuffed full of practical advice on keeping the garden both gorgeous and productive and hens happy and healthy. Langford includes dozens of simple and elegant recipes from her own kitchen, as well as contributions from celebrated chefs.With beautiful photographs, illustrations, and garden plans, this book is sure to become a favorite of avid and aspiring backyard farmers alike.
This is a book about keeping chickens, but it is also a feather-clad soap opera of primal urges. Written from firsthand experience, its pages are filled with the quest for absolute power, sex, death, jealousy, and huge vet bills. Beyond all the intrigue and drama, however, there are even some practical lessons to be learned about what not to do when keeping chickens.
Martin Gurdon’s hilarious “chicken memoir” relieves the highs and lows of chicken ownership. The relationship between bird and human is by turns heartwarming and bewildering, but it is always entertaining.
How to Build Chicken Coops provides the answers to all of your questions about planning and building safe and comfortable structures for your flock. Readers will find more than just a collection of plans.
Inside, authors Daniel and Samantha Johnson answer questions such as: How much space will you need? How many nest boxes and windows will your birds require? How much will it cost? What steps do you need to take to keep your chickens safe from predators?
Whether you are interested in starting an urban or suburban flock, or just curious about country living or urban farming, How to Build Chicken Coops is a trusted guide that takes the guesswork out of building a safe and comfortable home that’s just right for your flock.
How to Raise Chickens provides the answers to all your questions about raising and tending a happy and healthy flock. Whether you want to raise five chickens or 50, whether you have a 40-foot city lot or a 40-acre farm, the expert advice inside this book makes it easy to get started.
Longtime chicken breeder Christine Heinrichs explains all the helpful dos and important don’ts of successfully raising chickens, including: choosing breeds, housing and feeding, flock health, incubating eggs, raising chicks, and much more.
When it comes to survival, one size definitely does not fit all. That's exactly what author F. J. Bohan discovered when he and his family set out on a quest for self-sufficiency, a journey that has lasted more than 17 years. Living on the Edge describes why Bohan and his wife made the decision to pull their four sons from public school in the East and set off in a converted school bus to the American Southwest. On a very limited budget, the Bohans began their new life in a tent pitched on public campgrounds. As soon as they could, they purchased remote ranchland, where they built a rustic cabin from the ground up. It grew as they could afford to add on, and they also homeschooled the boys so well that all four received scholarships to the schools of their choice. On their journey, the Bohans learned a lot about living off the land and off the grid, mostly through trial and error. In this book, the author graciously shares valuable lessons on the following: § Keeping a wife, four boys, two dogs and two cats happy in a tent for 18 months § Creating power for a tent or cabin through a combination of solar panels, car batteries, generators and oil § Heating and cooking on wood stoves § Finding creative ways to earn money in an insular, impoverished rural area § Securing enough water in the desert for a family of six, plus animals, to live on § Erecting fences—literal and figurative ones—for privacy and security § Raising chickens, goats and ducks for food, while avoiding bears, bobcats, skunks and other country critters Relocating to the desert, living in a tent or homeschooling kids may not appeal to you. But if you have ever thought of living off the grid or simply becoming more self-sufficient, this is how one American family successfully did it . . . and found freedom along the way.