Domesticated small animals, from the cow to the rabbit, have been enjoyed by human owners around the world since the dawn of civilization. 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 including
- How to care for chickens, from choosing the right breed to raising them for egg production
- How to handle geese and ducks, choosing the correct breeds, feeding, housing, breeding, and selecting the right ones for egg production
- How to care for animals include rabbits, goats, sheep, dairy cows, and beef cattle
Small farmers and animal experts have been interviewed in detail 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.