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Hobby Farm Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Rabbits, Goats, Pigs, Sheep, and Cattle

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Hobby Farm Animals: A Comprehensive Guide to Raising Chickens, Ducks, Rabbits, Goats, Pigs, Sheep, and Cattle

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Whether you're contemplating adding a small herd of sheep or goats to your existing smallholding or you've always wondered about the benefits of raising angora rabbits or Muscovy ducks, Hobby Farm Animals provides the kind of guidance you need.

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Eggs, meat, milk, wool, fur, feathers, and some priceless bucolic bliss. No hobby farm is complete without animals; possibly a small herd peppering the field or a microflock flapping around the hen house or pond. A single information-packed volume with everything a hobby farmer needs to know about farm animals, this new comprehensive manual to selecting, caring for and breeding livestock brings forth the expertise of six hobby farmers, each of whom has real-life on-the-farm experience with the animals she discusses.

Whether you're contemplating adding a small herd of sheep or goats to your existing smallholding or you've always wondered about the benefits of raising angora rabbits or Muscovy ducks, Hobby Farm Animals provides the kind of guidance you need to begin a herd or flock and expand your pens and fencing. With exhaustive detail, the authors offer complete coverage of chickens, ducks, goats, sheep, cattle, pigs and rabbits, including the housing, health-care, special needs, advantages and challenges of each.

Inside Hobby Farm Animals: Extensive sections devoted to the seven major farm animals, including profiles of the most popular breeds and varieties; Detailed how-to chapters on the care, handling, feeding, health, and safety of each animal; Special chapters devoted to the breeding and raising of young animals; Recommendations for ways of capitalizing on your livestock's output, from selling eggs, milk, fleece and wool, and so forth; Tips for troubleshooting potential problems and warding off diseases, parasites and predators.

Sue Weaver has written hundreds of articles and ten books about livestock and poultry and contributes to many magazines. She lives on a small farm in Arkansas, which she shares with her husband, a flock of Classic Cheviot sheep and a mixed herd of assorted animals.

Ann Larkin Hansen is the author of many farming-related books and has been a journalist for more than 30 years, specializing in organic agriculture and sustainable forestry.
Cherie Langlois is a professional writer and photographer as well as a trained zoologist. She enjoys tending to the care and needs of her animals and birds on her smallholding in the foothills of Washington state's Mt. Rainier.

Arie McFarlen, PhD, works toward the saving and promoting of endangered livestock breeds. She is the author of several articles about these breeds featured in smallholding magazines.
Chris McLaughlin is a master gardener with specialty certificates in wildlife, children's and vegetable gardening. She is the author of six gardening books and one livestock book. Chris and her family live on a flower and fibre farm in the Northern California foothills where they grow flowers, food, and Angora goats.

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ISBN 9781620081525
Author Sue Weaver, Ann Larkin Hansen, Cherie Langlois, Arie Mcfarlen & Chris McLaughlin
Book Type Paperback, 384 pages, Full-colour photogs and illustrations
Book Dimensions 276 x 200mm
Published July 2015
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