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Raising Goats For Dummies

Published 03-16-2021

<p><b>No buts: discover the addictive joy of raising goats</b></p> <p>Goats are amazing, multi-talented creatures that have been domesticated for over 10,000 years. As well as being a source of food, clothes, and milk, they're wonderful companions: cute, intelligent, and playful&mdash;and often as friendly and attentive as dogs. In addition, they make endearing noises and&mdash;according to ancient Ethiopian legend&mdash;discovered coffee. So what's holding you back? The new edition of <i>Raising Goats For Dummies</i> rebuts all your excuses, and shows you why having one&mdash;or, actually, a few&mdash;of these companionable ruminants (cud-chewing animals) in your life will bring you great joy, and, if you choose, unbeatable homemade milk and cheese&mdash;and possibly a cozy new sweater.</p> <p>A happy goat aficionado since 1998, Cheryl K. Smith takes you from the grassroots of raising your goat&mdash;choosing and buying the breed you want, building and maintaining goat-friendly housing&mdash;to more elevated terrain, including how to build your own milk stand, participate in online goat shows (it&rsquo;s a thing!), and even monetize your goat. You'll also learn the fundamentals of proper care to make sure your goats are fed, kept healthy, and bred in ways that ensure they have the happiest life you can provide.</p> <ul> <li>Study the history and breeds of goat, like the Nigerian Dwarf or Pygmy</li> <li>Live sustainably from and even profit from your goat</li> <li>Identify and alleviate common ailments</li> <li>Have fun raising the kids!</li> </ul> <p>Whether you're researching buying a goat or learning on the hoof about the ones you have, this book has everything you need to see why getting your goat will bring years and years of joy.</p>

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Beekeeping For Dummies

Published 09-01-2020

<p><b>The single best and most comprehensive guide for prospective, new and experienced hobbyist beekeepers</b></p> <p><i>Beekeeping For Dummies, 5th Edition</i>, is one of the most popular titles in the <i>For Dummies</i> series available today. Including the latest information regarding every aspect of backyard beekeeping and honey production, this book describes how to get started, how to care for and safely handle bees, and how to maintain healthy and productive colonies.</p> <p>This book is loaded with up-to-date, practical examples and helpful illustrations of proven techniques and strategies for both new and seasoned hobbyist beekeepers. Some of the updates for this brand-new edition include:</p> <ul> <li>New information regarding the critical role that nutrition plays in the health and productivity of your bees</li> <li>News about the latest beekeeping products, medications, and all-natural remedies</li> <li>Information regarding dozens of helpful beekeeping resources</li> <li>Redeemable coupons from beekeeping suppliers that save the reader money</li> </ul> <p><i>Beekeeping For Dummies</i> embodies the straightforward and simple approach made famous by the <i>For Dummies</i> series. Each and every reader will benefit from its accessible and approachable take on beekeeping.</p>

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Raising Chickens For Dummies

Published 12-05-2019

<p><b>Your hands-on guide to modern chicken-raising methods</b></p> <p>Thinking about raising chickens? You've come to the right place! This new edition of <i>Raising Chickens For Dummies</i> provides the most up-to-date, thorough information on the many aspects of keeping chickens in your backyard. Inside, you'll find hands-on, easy-to-follow instructions on choosing and purchasing chickens, constructing housing for your birds, feeding your chickens for optimal health, combating laying issues, controlling pests and predators, optimizing egg production, and much more.</p> <p>Raising chickens on a small scale is a popular&mdash;and growing&mdash;pastime. If you're interested in keeping chickens as pets or as a source for eggs, <i>Raising Chickens For Dummies</i> gives you plain-English explanations of everything you need to know to about caring for chickens. Inside, you'll learn about basic chicken biology, breeds, and behavior, which chicken breed is best for you, how many you need, ways to spot healthy chickens, how to build a chicken coop, best practices for mating your chickens, how to incubate eggs, how to hatch and nurture chicks, manage laying hens, collect and store eggs, and butcher meat birds.</p> <ul> <li>Offers practical advice on choosing and purchasing chickens</li> <li>Helps you construct the right housing for your chickens</li> <li>Provides tips on feeding and caring for your chickens</li> <li>Includes top tips for raising healthy chickens</li> </ul> <p>Whether you're a first-time poulterer or you've been raising chickens for years, this comprehensive guide provides practical how-to advice for keeping chickens in virtually any backyard.</p> <p><i>Raising Chickens For Dummies</i> (9781119675921) was previously published as <i>Raising Chickens For Dummies</i> (9781118982785). While this version features a new <i>Dummies</i> cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.</p>

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Backyard Homesteading All-in-One For Dummies

Published 04-30-2019

<p><b>Live a more sustainable lifestyle</b>&nbsp;</p> <p>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,&mdash;plus much more.</p> <p><i>Backyard Homesteading All-in-One For Dummies </i>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.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Raise chickens</li> <li>Keep bees</li> <li>Compost</li> <li>Can and preserve</li> </ul> <p>This book gives you everything you need to embark on your own homesteading adventure.</p>

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Building Beehives For Dummies

Published 03-26-2019

<p><i>Building Beehives For Dummies</i> (9781119544388) was previously published as <i>Building Beehives For Dummies</i> (9781118312940). While this version features a new <i>Dummies</i> cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.</p> <p><b>The easy way to build your own beehives and beekeeping equipment</b></p> <p><i>Building Beehives For Dummies</i>&nbsp;is the follow-up book to the bestselling&nbsp;<i>Beekeeping For Dummies</i>. It provides everything you need to learn how to build some of the world's most popular hives and beekeeping accessories. &nbsp; For each design the book includes a detailed materials list (what lumber, hardware and fasteners you'll need), step-by-step building instructions, and illustrative drawings that show how the components all fit together. &nbsp;There are over a dozen plans in all, including the traditional Langstroth hive, the eight frame garden hive, designs for elevated hive stands, the Warre hive, screened bottom board, the Kenya top-bar hive, four-frame observation hive, hive top feeders, and more.&nbsp;The book contains introductory chapters that teach you the basic carpentry skills necessary to build any of the plans in the book.&nbsp;</p> <p>Whether you are a new beekeeper or a seasoned ol&rsquo;timer,&nbsp;<i>Building Beehives for Dummies</i>&nbsp;provides you with&nbsp;the information you need to plan and succeed at building beehives (and other cool accessories). You'll discover what type of hive to build, hints on how to maintain your equipment, what bees need to stay happy and healthy, where to locate your hive, and much more.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Covers "bee space," the critical technical measurement within a beehive that's crucial for easy inspection of your colonies</li> <li>Offers guidance on keeping both urban and suburban neighbors happy, getting proper permissions, and understanding regional laws and regulations</li> <li>Provides creative ideas for dressing up hives for fun and profit</li> </ul> <p>In today&rsquo;s world of self-sufficiency, back-to-basics and sustainability, building beehives is a fun hobby that both you and your bees will appreciate and benefit from.</p>

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Building Chicken Coops For Dummies

Published 12-27-2018

<p><i>Building Chicken Coops For Dummies</i> (9781119543923) was previously published as <i>Building Chicken Coops For Dummies</i> (9780470598962). While this version features a new <i>Dummies</i> cover and design, the content is the same as the prior release and should not be considered a new or updated product.&nbsp;</p> <p>As the popularity of urban homesteading and sustainable living increases, it&rsquo;s no wonder you&rsquo;re in need of trusted, practical guidance on how to properly house the chickens you&rsquo;re planning (or have already begun) to keep.&nbsp;<i>Building Chicken Coops For Dummies</i>&nbsp;gives you the information you need to build the most cost-efficient, safe, and easy-on-the-eye enclosures for your backyard flock.</p> <p>This practical guide gives you easy-to-follow and customizable plans for building the backyard chicken coop that works best for you. You&rsquo;ll get the basic construction know-how and key information you need to design and build a coop tailored to your flock, whether you live in a small city loft, a suburban backyard, or a small rural farm.</p> <ul> <li>Includes detailed material lists, instructions, and schematic plans for building a host of different chicken coops</li> <li>Step-by-step guidance on how to build a coop&mdash;or design your own</li> <li>Accessible for every level of reader</li> </ul> <p>Whether you&rsquo;re just beginning to gain an interest in a back-to-basics lifestyle or looking to add more attractive and efficient coops to your current flock&lsquo;s digs,&nbsp;<i>Building Chicken Coops For Dummies</i>&nbsp;gives you everything you need to build a winning coop!</p>

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Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies

Published 07-01-2013

<b>Maintain a beautiful garden with chickens? Easy.</b> <p>Chickens are great gardening assistants, with lots of benefits for a home garden and landscape&#8212;from soil-building to managing pests and weeds. Home gardens can be great chicken habitats if designed well, and <i>Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies</i> provides a plain-English guide with step-by-step guidance for creating a gorgeous chicken-friendly landscape that helps the chickens and the garden thrive.</p> <p><i>Gardening with Free-Range Chicken For Dummies</i> offers guidance and step-by-step instructions for designing and implementing a host of different chicken garden plans. Plus, you'll get detailed information on the best plants and landscaping materials for your chicken garden (and the ones to avoid), seasonal considerations, attractive fencing options, predator and pest control, and much more.</p> <ul> <li>An excellent supplement to <i>Raising Chickens For Dummies</i> and <i>Building Chicken Coops For Dummies</i></li> <li>A plain-English guide with step-by-step guidance for creating a chicken garden</li> <li>Advice on how to manage chickens while maintaining a beautiful garden</li> </ul> <p>If you're looking for step-by-step advice on building a chicken garden, <i>Gardening with Free-Range Chickens For Dummies</i> has you covered.</p>

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Chicken Health For Dummies

Published 01-29-2013

<b>Everything you need to care for and keep happy, healthy chickens</b> <p>With directives on diagnosing and treating sick or ailing chickens, as well as general information on how to keep chickens in peak condition, <i>Chicken Health For Dummies</i> is your go-to guide on how to best care for and keep chickens.</p> <p>Inside, you'll get everything you need to know about chicken health and wellness: an encyclopedia full of common and not-so-common diseases, injuries, symptoms, and cures that chicken owners may encounter. <i>Chicken Health For Dummies</i> provides chicken owners with one handy, all-encompassing resource.</p> <ul> <li>Helps you identify potential hazards and signs of ill health in your chicken</li> <li>Shows you how to properly examine chickens to identify and isolate potential health issues before they spread to the rest of the flock</li> <li>An encyclopedia full of common and uncommon diseases, injuries, symptoms, and cures for chickens</li> </ul> <p><i>Chicken Health For Dummies</i> joins <i>Raising Chickens For Dummies</i> and <i>Building Chickens Coops For Dummies</i> to round out the For Dummies reference library as a must-have resource for both rural and urban chicken owners.</p>

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Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies

Published 07-03-2012

<b>The tools you need to raise and care for beef cattle</b> <p>Beef cattle farming is a business that continues to grow in the United States and around the world, and it will only grow larger as the demand for beef continues to increase. <i>Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies</i> provides you with an introduction to all aspects of raising beef cattle. Packed with expert tips from experienced farmers, it gives any level of cattle-raiser the tools needed to increase the quantity and quality of your farm's output and maintain a healthy herd.</p> <p><i>Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies</i> is the go-to resource for aspiring cattle farmers. With important information on health, handling, and breeding, and detailed coverage of equipment and supplies, it is teeming with useful information that anyone interested in raising cattle should have.</p> <ul> <li>Advice on which beef cattle breeds to rear</li> <li>The prevention and treatment of common diseases</li> <li>Caring for pregnant heifers and calving procedures</li> <li>Dietary specifications dependent on breed</li> <li>Guidance on humane management</li> <li>Creating an open and safe pasture habitat</li> </ul> <p>If you're an aspiring cattle farmer looking to begin raising cattle or an established raiser interested in expanding your herd, <i>Raising Beef Cattle For Dummies</i> has you covered.</p>

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Raising Goats For Dummies

Published 02-19-2010

Raising goats has increased in popularity in recent years as consumers embrace a more sustainable lifestyle, move to organic food options, and raise concerns about industrial agriculture practices. Raising Goats For Dummies provides you with an introduction to all aspects of owning, caring for, and the day-to-day benefits of these fun and useful animals.

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