The Complete Beginner's Guide to Raising Small Animal: Everything You Need to Know about Raising Cows, Sheep, Chickens, Ducks, Rabbits, and More
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Domesticated small animals, from the cow to the rabbit, have been enjoyed by human owners around the world since the dawn of civilization, nearly 12,000 years ago. From pets to beasts of burden and even just a friendly face in the barn, animals like these produce thousands of products you use around the house every day and can be a great addition to your home, property, or small farm. For anyone looking to raise such animals though, the realities of their new furry and feathery companions can be jolting; from the care they need on a regular basis to the food they eat. This book was written for anyone considering purchasing and raising domesticated animals for family pets, producers of eggs and milk, or a friendly creature in the backyard. You will learn everything you need to know to raise a wide variety of small animals. You will learn how to care for chickens, from choosing the right breed to raising them for egg production. You will learn how to handle geese and ducks, choosing the correct breeds, feeding, housing, breeding, and selecting the right ones for egg production. You will also learn about egg incubation, maintaining poultry health, and how to raise them for meat. Other animals you will learn how to care for include rabbits, goats, sheep, dairy cows, and beef cattle. Small farmers and animal experts have been interviewed in detail and their responses added to this book to provide additional insight into every aspect of raising farm animals. This 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, and even keeping records of births and selling babies. Everything you might need to know about raising small animals for your farm is included in this guide to provide you the first steps to raising domesticated poultry and livestock.
nature and like the idea of knowing where their food comes from. If this is you, then you will not need much to get your operation going: a few acres, a small number of animals, fencing, and some key herd management equipment. However, most farmers want to sell to other people for profit. Many depend on farm income for their livelihood or for supplemental income. Depending on the type of animal you buy and its age and condition at the time of sale, buying an animal for your herd will cost a
the passing of the placenta. Many cows will consume the placenta, and it usually does not cause any problems. One of the important last points to do in a birth is to check the uterus for a second calf by slipping a clean, gloved hand into the birth canal. Many times, twins can cause birthing difficulties a cow may be having. If the labor was difficult, the uterus and vagina should be checked for tears or excessive bleeding. If there are tears in the wall of the uterus or large amounts of blood
magnificent tail. The cock of the breed weighs about 6 ½ pounds, and the hens weigh about 5 ½ pounds. The bantam Yokohama weighs about 3 pounds for a male and 2 ½ pounds for a female. The males tend to be aggressive and dominating. This breed is not recommended for a novice, but as you gain more experience, they are an excellent ornamental breed to show. New Hampshire Red With its bold, red and orange body and black tail, this bird is a classic vision of a chicken. It is an American
the Muscovy can hatch them for you. Cayuga: This breed was developed in New York in the 1800s from native ducks. They are considered a medium-weight duck primarily used as a meat bird. Adult males reach 8 pounds. They have unique coloring with a greenish-blue sheen over dark feathers. Eggs from the Cayuga can be variable colors depending on the season. When they first start laying eggs, the eggs may have a gray or black color. As the laying season progresses, the eggs will start to lose this
but if your pig is bored or left alone too much, it will eat makeup that is lying around, medicine, or just about anything else that smells remotely appetizing to it. Just as you would need to childproof your home when a toddler starts to walk, you need to pig-proof if you plan to have an indoor pig. If there is a way your cupboards can be opened, or if there is a weakness in the fence, your pig will find it. Depending on the size and type of pig, you may need to provide only a pet bed or a