Chickens for the Backyard Homesteader

The Essential Guide to Choosing and Keeping Happy, Healthy Hens
Author: Suzie Baldwin
Publisher: Creative Homeowner Press
ISBN: 9781580117135
Category: House & Home
Page: 142
View: 5111
Offers advice on choosing the best hens, discussing their care, feeding, and housing.

The Backyard Homestead Guide to Raising Farm Animals

Choose the Best Breeds for Small-Space Farming, Produce Your Own Grass-Fed Meat, Gather Fresh Eggs, Collect Fresh Milk, Make Your Own Cheese, Keep Chickens, Turkeys, Ducks, Rabbits, Goats, Sheep, Pigs, Cattle, & Bees
Author: Gail Damerow
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603426973
Category: Technology & Engineering
Page: 360
View: 7260
Enjoy a weekend breakfast featuring eggs, bacon, and honey from your own chickens, pigs, and bees, or a holiday meal with your own heritage-breed turkey as the main attraction. Gail Damerow covers everything you need to successfully raise your own farm animals, from selecting the right breeds to producing delicious fresh milk, cheese, honey, eggs, and meat. Even with just a small plot of land, you can become more self-sufficient, save money, and enjoy healthy, delicious animal products.

How to Raise Chickens for Meat

The Backyard Guide to Caring for, Feeding, and Butchering Your Birds
Author: Michelle Marine
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1510751068
Category: Pets
Page: 176
View: 2579
If self-sufficiency and raising your own food is important to you, this book will help you pull together a complete farm-to-table experience. Gone are the days when grandma headed to the chicken coop in search of dinner. In this day and age, when fewer and fewer people know where their food comes from, How to Raise Chickens for Meat helps families take control of their food supply once again. Divided into four easy-to-navigate sections,How to Raise Chickens for Meat is packed with practical information. The first section, Getting Started, includes information on breed specifics, timing, and quantity. This section will help you analyze options and make informed decisions as you get started. The second section, Care & Feeding, dives into the specifics of keeping your flock healthy. Learn how to set up a brooder, what to feed your chickens, how to safely pasture them, and how to keep your flock stress-free. The third section, Butchering, prepares you for one of the more challenging parts of raising chickens for meat. It addresses some of the emotions you may feel along with the actual process of butchering and provides practical tips to make it easier. It also discusses alternative options if you don’t want to process your own chickens. The book concludes with cooking tips and delicious tried and true farm-to-table recipes to impress even the most doubtful family member! How to Raise Chickens for Meat is the resource your homestead library has been missing.

Urban Homesteading

Heirloom Skills for Sustainable Living
Author: Rachel Kaplan,K. Ruby Blume
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 161608054X
Category: Gardening
Page: 292
View: 5732
Teaches self-reliance, sustainability, and green living in urban areas, from growing food with limited space and making solar cookers to raising chickens.

Backyard Homesteading All-in-One For Dummies

Author: Todd Brock
Publisher: For Dummies
ISBN: 1119550750
Category: Gardening
Page: 560
View: 4845
Live a more sustainable lifestyle Historically referred to as a government program for revitalizing undesirable living areas, "homesteading" today has come to mean the pursuit of a self-sufficient lifestyle. Homesteading can include everything from keeping bees, growing vegetables, and composting to installing solar panels, creating a rain barrel, and canning your own food,—plus much more. Backyard Homesteading All-in-One For Dummies has a little bit of everything for the homesteader in all of us. It walks you through the basics of creating your own sustainable homestead and offers expert tips and tricks for making it as easy and successful as possible. Raise chickens Keep bees Compost Can and preserve This book gives you everything you need to embark on your own homesteading adventure.

The Backyard Homestead

Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre!
Author: Carleen Madigan
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1603425144
Category: House & Home
Page: 368
View: 8066
This comprehensive guide to homesteading provides all the information you need to grow and preserve a sustainable harvest of grains and vegetables; raise animals for meat, eggs, and dairy; and keep honey bees for your sweeter days. With easy-to-follow instructions on canning, drying, and pickling, you’ll enjoy your backyard bounty all winter long.

The Backyard Homestead Book of Kitchen Know-How

Field-to-Table Cooking Skills
Author: Andrea Chesman
Publisher: Storey Publishing
ISBN: 1612122051
Category: Cooking
Page: 368
View: 2594
Growing vegetables and raising livestock is only the beginning of a successful homestead — that fresh food goes to waste unless you can properly prepare, cook, and preserve it. Andrea Chesman shows you how to bridge the gap between field and table, covering everything from curing meats and making sausage to canning fruits and vegetables, milling flour, working with sourdough, baking no-knead breads, making braises and stews that can be adapted to different cuts of meat, rendering lard and tallow, pickling, making butter and cheese, making yogurt, blanching vegetables for the freezer, making jams and jellies, drying produce, and much more. You’ll learn all the techniques you need to get the most from homegrown foods, along with dozens of simple and delicious recipes, most of which can be adapted to use whatever you have available.

Backyard Chickens Beyond the Basics

Lessons for Expanding Your Flock, Understanding Chicken Behavior, Keeping a Rooster, Adjusting for the Seasons, Staying Healthy, and More!
Author: Pam Freeman
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 0760352003
Category: House & Home
Page: 192
View: 862
A must-have for every backyard chicken keeper, Backyard Chickens Beyond the Basics goes beyond introductory lessons and explores the realities of raising a flock for eggs -- and entertainment, of course! From odd eggs and molting to feeding and preparing for the seasons, this book covers the subjects beginner books don't adequately address and re-examines common knowledge that may not actually hold true. It's a resource to turn to time and again for expert advice to make sure your birds are happy, healthy, and productive. Author Pam Freeman, an editor and "Ask the Expert" columnist at Backyard Poultry magazine, draws on her years of experience fielding reader questions to identify and clearly explain many common - and some not-so-common - issues in chicken keeping. How do you add new chickens to your flock? What is the pecking order and how can you change or control it? Is it better to raise chicks by hand or with a broody hen? What do you do when you collect eggs and discover: lash eggs, calcium deposits, soft eggs, eggs within eggs, or wrinkled eggs? In Backyard Chickens Beyond the Basics, readers will find not just answers, but a book full of "coop truth" that helps them continue on their journey. Because as every chicken owner knows: Chickens are individuals and real-life chicken keeping often takes you far from the beaten path.

Becky's Guide To Raising Backyard Chickens

Author: Becky's Homestead
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781697601725
Page: 108
View: 6806
Do you want to raise backyard chickens but don't know where to start? I wrote this Book to help people who are getting baby chickens and want to get a good start and avoid as many hiccups and disasters as possible. This is the Book I wish I had when I was getting started.In Becky's Guide To Raising Backyard Chickens I cover these topics: Are chickens legal in my neighborhood?What supplies do I need to get started?How big does the coop need to be?How do I protect my chickens from predators?What are the best chicken breeds for egg production?What's the best food for good egg production?How do I de-worm my chickens naturally?Will I need a rooster?How to store my fresh eggs?How do I care for baby chicks?And I tell you my personal story which will help you see exactly how it's all done from start to finish

The Homesteader's Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook

Raising a Healthy Flock from Start to Finish
Author: Amy K. Fewell
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493037404
Category: House & Home
Page: 240
View: 3979
The Homesteader’s Natural Chicken Keeping Handbook is the modern homesteader’s guide to raising, feeding, breeding, selling, and enjoying the noblest animal on the farm—the chicken. From the rooster’s crow in the morning, to the warm egg in the nesting box, chickens are the gateway livestock for almost every homesteader and backyard farm enthusiast. In this book, you’ll learn everything you need to know about raising chickens naturally. Fewell guides you in: understanding why chickens do what they do creating your very own poultry or egg business preventing and treating ailments with herbal remedies setting up your property, coop, and brooder hatching chicks purchasing chickens properly cooking delicious recipes with your farm fresh eggs and poultry. This is heritage chicken keeping skills 101, with a modern twist. Not only will you gain knowledge about naturally keeping chickens through every stage of their lives, but you’ll fully embrace the joy and ease of raising all-natural chickens on your homestead.

Backyard Farming: Raising Chickens

From Building Coops to Collecting Eggs and More
Author: Kim Pezza
Publisher: Hatherleigh Press
ISBN: 1578264456
Category: House & Home
Page: 128
View: 4174
Your Backyard Farming Experience Begins Here! Whether for eggs, meat, fun, or profit, chickens are the perfect addition to any new backyard grower’s farm. Backyard Farming: Raising Chickens is your guide to successfully caring for your flock. As a comprehensive primer for first-time chicken farmers, Raising Chickens includes detailed illustrations and informative photographs that help to ease new homesteaders into the world of backyard chicken farming. Raising Chickens takes you from start to finish: from planning out your chickens’ space, to hatching and raising new chicks, to keeping your birds happy, healthy, and well-fed, to enjoying your very own farm-fresh eggs and more. With Raising Chickens, you will: • Find the ideal breed of bird for your needs • Construct a coop to minimize your workload and maximize your enjoyment • Gather eggs for food, profit, or to hatch your own birds to add to your flock • Use the freshest eggs possible in a variety of delicious recipes …and many more tips and tricks from experienced farmers to help you avoid the most common mistakes. Raising Chickens is your first big step to joining the growing movement of homemakers and homesteaders looking to make a return to a healthier, happier way of life—and it starts right in your own backyard. Backyard Farming is a series of easy-to-use guides to help urban, suburban, and rural dwellers turn their homes into homesteads. Whether planning to grow food for the family or for sale at the local farmers market, Backyard Farming provides simple instruction and essential information in a convenient reference.

The Best Backyard Chicken Breeds (Color Edition)

A List of Top Birds for Pets, Eggs Or Meat
Author: Jill Bong
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
ISBN: 9781537713847
Page: 66
View: 4824
Have You Decided to Keep Backyard Chickens? Are you overwhelmed by the number of chicken breeds to choose from? Whether you are an urban homesteader/smallholder, chicken lover, survivalist, zombie apocalypse prepper or simply someone looking for some pet chickens, this booklet can help! The American Poultry Association lists over 100 chicken breeds. Do not risk time and money keeping a breed that is unsuitable for you! Doing your own research can take hours.This book contains not only information from hours of research but information from personal experience with various breeds. We have kept chickens since 2008. At its height, our flock of almost 90 chickens included about 25 different breeds. Includes: -Basic chicken terms -The pros and cons of Bantams and What breeds worked and didn't work for us - a total of 19 breeds covered! Topics include: - Chickens that lay colorful eggs - Blues, Greens and Deep Browns! - Chickens with calm, quiet temperaments - Chickens that are family or kid-friendly - Chickens that do well in urban/city backyards or can handle small-space confinement - For homesteaders or smallholders - Chickens that can free-range and forage - Chickens that lay a lot of eggs - Chicken breeds for meat - Show Chickens Save your time and money! Learn from our experience and mistakes. Pick chickens that are suitable for you!

How to Raise Chickens

A Beginner's Guide to Raising Chickens for Eggs in Your Backyard Or Homestead
Author: Kathy Campbell
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781074404451
Page: 78
View: 6514
Discover the best homesteading methods to raise healthy chickens and enjoy mouthwatering fresh eggs every day with this hands-on guide to modern chicken-raising techniques! Raising chicken can be inconvenient and cumbersome if you don't know what you're doing. How do you select which breed of chicken is right for your need? What are the best materials to use for your chicken coop? How do you protect your flock from predators and diseases? The answers to all these questions and many more are clearly outlined in this practical guide. In this guide, Kathy Campbell provides a step-by-step guide that arms you with all the information you need to start raising a healthy flock of chickens in your own backyard. From constructing coops to creating alternative sources of income using eggs, this guide has everything you need to start successfully raising chickens for fun and profit. In How to Raise Chickens, you're going to learn: 9 fun facts about these special birds that will blow your mind! Why you should start raising chickens already, whether you're a city dweller or a country hick How to select the best chicken breed for your needs How to properly plan for your first or next chicken coop with tips ranging from location and size to cost and kind of chickens to raise The best way to raise and properly care for your chickens as well as essential tools, equipment, and product to use for your chicken coop Surefire methods to help you protect your birds against predators, pests, coccidiosis and other ailments common to chickens ...and tons more! Whether it's your first time raising chickens, or you're an experienced poulterer, this definitive guidebook to raising chickens provides modern, up-to-date information and techniques to help you raise healthy chickens in your own home. Scroll up and click the "add to cart" button to buy now!

The Small-Scale Poultry Flock

An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl for Home and Market Growers
Author: Harvey Ussery
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
ISBN: 1603582908
Category: House & Home
Page: 394
View: 9183
The most comprehensive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the small-scale farmer, homesteader, and professional grower.The Small-Scale Poultry Flock offers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems. Readers will find information on growing (and sourcing) feed on a small scale, brooding (and breeding) at home, and using poultry as insect and weed managers in the garden and orchard. Ussery's model presents an entirely sustainable system that can be adapted and utilized in a variety of scales, and will prove invaluable for beginner homesteaders, growers looking to incorporate poultry into their farm, or poultry farmers seeking to close their loop. Ussery offers extensive information on: The definition of an integrated poultry flock (imitation of natural systems, integrating patterns, and closing the circle) Everything you need to know about your basic chicken (including distinctive points about anatomy and behavior that are critical to management)Extended information on poultry health and holistic health care, with a focus on prevention Planning your flock (flock size, choosing breeds, fowl useful for egg vs. meat production, sourcing stock) How to breed and brood the flock (including breeding for genetic conservation), including the most complete guide to working with broody hens available anywhere Making and mixing your own feed (with tips on equipment, storage, basic ingredients, technique, grinding and mixing) Providing more of the flock's feed from sources grown or self-foraged on the homestead or farm, including production of live protein feeds using earthworms and soldier grubs Using poultry to increase soil fertility, control crop damaging insects, and to make compost-including systems for pasturing and for tillage of cover crops and weeds Recipes for great egg and poultry dishes (including Ussery's famous chicken stock!) And one of the best step-by-step poultry butchering guides available, complete with extensive illustrative photos. No other book on raising poultry takes an entirely whole-systems approach, or discusses producing homegrown feed and breeding in such detail. This is a truly invaluable guide that will lead farmers and homesteaders into a new world of self-reliance and enjoyment.

The Homesteading Handbook

A Back to Basics Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More
Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1616082658
Category: House & Home
Page: 272
View: 3425
Explains how to grow an organic garden, preserve the food one grows, build alternate-energy devices by hand, identify edible wild foods, conserve water, handcraft household items and much more, in a book with 500 full-color illustrations. Original.

Backyard Homesteading

A Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency
Author: David Toht
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
ISBN: 1607654415
Category: House & Home
Page: 250
View: 2929
Backyard Homesteading addresses the needs of many people who want to take control of the food they eat and the products they use--even if they live in a urban or suburban house on a typical-size lot. It shows homeowners how to turn their yard into a productive and wholesome "homestead" that allows them to grow their own fruits and vegetables, and raise farm animals, including chickens and goats. Backyard Homesteading covers the laws and regulations of raising livestock in populated areas and demonstrates to readers how to use and preserve the bounty they produce.


A New Deal Subsistence Homestead
Author: Sandra Wolk Schimizzi,Valeria Sofranko Wolk
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
ISBN: 1439638403
Category: Photography
Page: 128
View: 6209
In 1933, the town of Norvelt became the fourth of 99 planned subsistence homestead communities subsidized by the federal government as part of the National Industrial Recovery Act for dislocated miners and industrial workers. The American Field Service Committee was recruited to implement and build the subsistence project and established a work camp in the summer of 1934. More than 1,850 people applied for 250 lots, and the first 1,200 homesteaders helped build their own homes on a lease-to-purchase agreement. Homes were equipped with a grape arbor, 3.4 acres of land, and chicken coops. Cooperatively, homesteaders established community garden plots and raised livestock, hogs, and chickens. A format of cultural, political, and religious expression was provided to the residents, and through vintage photographs Norvelt: A New Deal Subsistence Homestead celebrates the remarkable life transformation the homesteaders were able to experience during the town's formative years.


A Backyard Guide to Growing Your Own Food, Canning, Keeping Chickens, Generating Your Own Energy, Crafting, Herbal Medicine, and More
Author: Abigail R. Gehring
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.
ISBN: 1602397473
Category: Architecture
Page: 456
View: 6581
A companion guide to the best-selling Back to Basics shares recommendations for identifying and incorporating green lifestyle choices, covering practices ranging from container gardening and keeping chickens to using rainwater and supporting sustainable restaurants.

Welcome to the Farm

How-to Wisdom from The Elliott Homestead
Author: Shaye Elliott
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493030426
Category: Gardening
Page: 368
View: 7249
A fresh, new guide to the backyard lifestyle The homesteading movement is continuing to grow, as more people are stepping up to have a hand in where their food comes from. Whether you want to dabble or immerse yourself completely in the do-it-yourself, back-to-basics lifestyle, Welcome to the Farm is a comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to growing the very best food right in your own backyard. Shaye Elliott takes readers on a journey that teaches them how to harvest baskets full of organic produce, milk a dairy cow (and make butter), plant a homestead orchard, can jams and jellies, and even raise chickens and bees. From her experience running The Elliott Homestead, Shaye provides all the how-to wisdom you need to know about: The benefits of a home garden The basics of seed starting Building your own greenhouse What belongs in the winter garden Canning, freezing, and dehydrating techniques and recipes The pros and cons of caged vs. free-change chickens Keeping a dairy cow and what to do with all the milk Raising animals for meat Making your own cider and wine And so much more! Welcome to the Farm is aimed to serve homesteaders and urban-farmers alike, guiding them through the beginning stages of small-area farming and utilizing whatever amount of space they have available for optimal and delicious food production.

Chicken and Egg

A Memoir of Suburban Homesteading with 125 Recipes
Author: Janice Cole
Publisher: Chronicle Books
ISBN: 1452107440
Category: Cooking
Page: 256
View: 2999
Chicken coops have never been so chic! From organic gardens in parking lots to rooftop beekeeping, the appeal of urban homesteading is widespread. Chicken and Egg tells the story of veteran food writer Janice Cole, who, like so many other urbanites, took up the revolutionary hobby of raising chickens at home. From picking out the perfect coop to producing the miracle of the first egg, Cole shares her now-expert insights into the trials, triumphs, and bonds that result when human and hen live in close quarters. With 125 recipes for delicious chicken and egg dishes, poultry lovers, backyard farmers, and those contemplating taking the leap will adore this captivating illustrated memoir!