Raising Bees, Chickens, Goats and more
See also: Wildlife
Here we are in the 21st century when keeping goats, chickens and bees in the backyard doesn't seem quite as outlandish as it did 15 years ago. Who can tell whether the craze will die out.
Livestock in General
q SF61.B348 2002
If you want to go "whole hog", pick up this beginning primer to raising all sorts of barnyard animals (except pigs). Editor Gail Damerow is author of several books on chickens and a breeder of dairy goats.
The Complete Beginner's Guide to Raising Small Animals: Everything You Need to Know about Raising Cows, Sheep, Chickens, Ducks, Rabbits, and More
This guide includes details about how to purchase, house, feed, breed, record, and butcher animals of all types as well as how to gather milk, use goats and cows for maintaining your fields, etc.
The Joy of Keeping Farm Animals: Raising Chickens, Goats, Pigs, Sheep, and Cows
Small farm owner Laura Childs reveals what it takes to start raising your own animals, including chickens, geese, goats, sheep, pigs, and cows.
The Complete Guide to Organic Livestock Farming: Everything You Need to Know about Natural Farming on a Small Scale
This is part of the Back to Basics Farming from the Atlantic Publishing Group. Other books in the series cover beekeeping, grass-fed cattle, poultry breeds, chickens, pigs and dairy goats.
Chickens and Poultry
Free-Range Chicken Gardens: How to Create a Beautiful, Chicken-Friendly Yard
Can you have a nice garden with free-ranging chickens? Jessi Bloom shows you how in this book from Timber Press.
Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens: Care, Feeding, Facilities
This 3rd edition covers choosing breeds and hatching chicks to building coops and keeping birds healthy and safe from predators.
Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds
"chickens, ducks, geese, turkeys, emus, guinea fowl, ostriches, partridges, peafowl, pheasants, quails, swans"
q SF487.E33 2007
Presented here, breed by breed, are more than 120 barnyard fowl from chickens and turkeys to emus and pheasants. For each animal, readers will find stunning color photography, a brief history, and a detailed description.
City Chicks: Keeping Micro-Flocks of Chickens as Garden Helpers, Compost Creators, Bio-Recyclers and Local Food Suppliers
What's not to love??? Are chickens any noisier than dogs? Here's a book especially for city folk and suburbanites.
Keeping Chickens: The Essential Guide to Enjoying and Getting the Best from Chickens
Colorful, lively characters, chickens have become the hottest new garden accessory. This book, in its various versions, shows enthusiasts exactly how to care for these pets.
Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks: breeds, care, health
This 2nd edition presents information on twenty-three domestic North American breeds, covering such topics as duck attributes, anatomy, behavior, colors, incubation, rearing ducklings, diet, butching, health, and guidelines for showing.
The Joy of Keeping Chickens: The Ultimate Guide to Raising Poultry for Fun or Profit
Farmer and animal expert Jennifer Megyesi discusses all the basic details of raising chickens: general biology, health, food, choosing breeds, and also stresses the importance of self-sustainability, organic living, and the satisfaction of keeping heirloom breeds.
Goats & Sheep
Storey's Guide to Raising Dairy Goats: Breeds, Care, Dairying, Marketing
So you've become addicted to chevre and want to raise your own dairy goats to make your own cheese, maybe even some Drunken Goat Cheese.
Storey's Guide to Raising Meat Goats: Managing, Breeding, Marketing
So you have some male goats that don't give milk. In the second edition of a title originally published in 2007, Sayer offers up-to-date guidance to all aspects of raising goats for meat that is appropriate for backyard homesteaders, large-scale producers, and even locavores deeply interested in where their food comes from.
Goat School: A Master Class in Caprine Care and Cooking
This book will not only tell you how to raise goats but how to make goat chees and cook goat meat.
The Joy of Keeping Goats: The Ultimate Guide to Dairy and Meat Goats
Covering everything from selecting a breed to how to make goat cheese, this guide is for anyone interested in learning more about these multi-purpose animal companions.
Storey's Guide to Raising Sheep: Breeding, Care, Facilities
Haven't you always wanted to raise sheep so that you can make your own feta cheese and spin your own wool yarn? And they should also help mow the lawn.
Get Your Goat: How to Keep Happy, Healthy Goats in Your Backyard, Wherever You Live
Get Your Goat is a comprehensive, engaging way to answer all your questions about keeping goats, as backyard farm animal or even as a pet.
Natural Beekeeping: Organic Approaches to Modern Apiculture
In the face of Colony Collapse Disorder, Conrad advocates organic, nontoxic beekeeping.
The Backyard Beekeeper: An Absolute Beginner's Guide to Keeping Bees in Your Yard and Garden
The Backyard Beekeeper is a how-to guide to the art of beekeeping and how to set up, care for, and harvest your own hives; it is also a honey cookbook with recipes for using honey in cooking, cosmetically and medicinally. See also The Backyard Beekeeper's Honey Handbook: A Guide to Creating, Harvesting, and Cooking with Natural Honeys.
Better Beekeeping: The Ultimate Guide to Keeping Stronger Colonies and Healthier, More Productive
Questions answered for the advanced beekeeper.
A Short History of the Honey Bee: Humans, Flowers, and Bees in the Eternal Chase for Honey
There are around 16,000 species of bee but only seven of these produce honey. Even the nonbeekeeper will enjoy A Short History of the Honey Bee as it follows the journey from flower to hive to honey throughout history.
Keeping Bees: A Complete Practical Guide
For the beginning beekeeper who seeks practical advice, Keeping Bees is the perfect guide to help in getting started with the hobby
Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs
This third edition is a resource for pig farmers, providing authoritative advice on breed selection, housing, humane handling and butchering, and disease prevention and treatment.
The Illustrated Guide to Pigs: How to Choose Them, How to Keep Them
This book covers thirty-eight of the most common breeds of pig and tells how to buy pigs, the equipment required to keep them, and advice on their basic care, feeding, and hygiene.
Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits: Breeds, Care, Housing
Storey's Guide to Raising Rabbits is as essential to the owner of pet rabbits as it is to the farmer raising rabbits for meat or fur. Breed selection, year-round care and feeding, safe housing, humane handling, and disease prevention and treatment are all addressed.
Browse the Catalog
For addtional titles, browse the library catalog under the subjects:
Backyard Poultry Magazine
Backyard Poultry is published bi-monthly in north-central Wisconsin and covers Breed Selection, Housing, Management, Health and Nutrition, and Rare and Historic Breeds
From Ogden Publications, the publisher of Grit and Mother Earth News.
Maryland Small Ruminant Page [sheepandgoat.com]
An information portal for sheep and goat producers, the site was developed and is solely maintained by Susan Schoenian, University of Maryland Extension Sheep & Goat Specialist.
This poultry farm in Ohio has chicks, ducks and geese for sale. It's fun to browse through the pages even if you are not buying!
Mississippi State: Rabbit Production
Includes informations on setting up a backyard rabbitry, including slaughtering.
The purpose of Sheep 101 is to teach 4-H and FFA members, students, teachers, beginning shepherds, and the general public about sheep, their products, how they are raised, and their contributions to society.
This publisher of books for country living has many handbooks on animal husbandry and is now releasing some of its best-sellers in substantially revised editions with sections on organic methods and the importance of rare breeds.
The Bee Hunter: Types of Bees
Jim Abraham removes unwanted bees and wasps but also has information about identifying the various insects.
Burgh Bees aims to introduce beekeeping to Pittsburghers in order to promote bees and beekeeping and in so doing, stewardship of the environment.
Pennsylvania State Beekeepers Association (PSBA)
An association of beekeepers in the state that provides a newsletter and support.
Waynesburg Sheep & Fiber Festival
An annual festival in May, celebrating the Heritage of Sheep, Wool & Fibers in Greene County (southwest of Pittsburgh). If you are interested in raising sheep, you might like to check it out!