• MOTHER EARTH NEWS RAISE BACKYARD BEES

    In recent years, as increasing factors threaten the world’s honeybees, beekeeping has gained new interest and new respect. Mother Earth News has joined in the fight to save the honeybee and other pollinators, and in these pages you will find advice, tips, and personal experiences from novice to expert beekeepers from every walk of life and from every corner of the country.

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  • HENTOPIA

    Keep chickens with less work and more joy! Free yourself from the burden of daily hen-tending tasks, and go on vacation without worrying about your flock. How? Turn your backyard into a hentopia: a chicken habitat that keeps your flock safe, clean, fed, and entertained, with less work left over for you. From the Vending Machine Feeder to the Refilling Rainwaterer, author Frank Hyman’s innovative building projects are designed to save time and money while taking the best care of your chickens.

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  • THE CHICKEN WHISPERER'S GUIDE TO ZERO-WASTE CHICKEN KEEPING

    This essential guide collects the Chicken Whisperer’s personal tips, tricks, and suggestions for reducing waste, repurposing materials, and recycling everything else. With this book, chicken keepers will save money, improve production, support sustainability, and use fewer resources overall.

    With the Chicken’s Whisperer’s step-by-step insights and how-to secrets, your life with chickens will be more fruitful, less expensive, and better for the planet.

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  • RAISE BACKYARD CHICKENS

    Whether you live on 1,000 acres or 1,000 square feet, there’s plenty of room in your backyard for a flock of chickens. Join the chicken revolution today and be prepared to reap a lifetime of benefits that goes far beyond the enjoyment and the eggs.

    In the pages that follow, we help get you started with everything from incubating fertile eggs to receiving and raising day-old chicks to building a chicken coop to keeping your birds safe and healthy. We’ve even outlined a 9-step process to help you promote legalization of backyard bird-keeping in your city or town. You’ll find top-notch advice on how to protect your flock from predators, produce the healthiest eggs, and so much more. And if your interest is in cooking with eggs and/or chicken, we have you covered.

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  • BEEHIVE ALCHEMY

    From crayons to cough drops, cookies to candles, Beehive Alchemy offers a comprehensive introduction to incorporating the miracle of bees into everyday life.

    Beehive Alchemy is a continuation of Petra Ahnert's bestselling Beeswax Alchemy. With this new book, beekeepers (and bee lovers) will learn about the benefits and attributes of beeswax, honey, propolis, and more, alongside a full range of projects and techniques to process and harness the amazing gifts of bees. Inside, you'll find instructions to make Ahnert's award-winning hand-dipped birthday candles, the classic French dessert canelé bordelais, and much more, including:


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  • THE GOOD LIVING GUIDE TO KEEPING SHEEP AND OTHER FIBER ANIMALS

    Fiber crafts, such as knitting, weaving, and crocheting, continue to surge in popularity, with sites like Ravelry (a social media community for the wool obsessed) gaining more than 6 million members. Artists are seeking quality, raw materials in greater numbers. The cottage industry of supplying not only raw fleece but handcrafted yarns is strong.

    Janet Garman has a small fiber flock (including Pygora fiber goats) and shares her expertise, as well as interviews, tips, and advice from fiber farmers and craftspeople across the country.

    She offers the basics of properly raising sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, and rabbits, with tips on selecting animals, feeding, housing, breeding, and health care. From there, instructions are provided for shearing, sorting, skirting, washing, picking, carding, combing, and spinning the wool. Enthusiasts will also find recipes and instructions for natural, plant-based dyes and advice for selling your finished yarn.

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  • 50 DO-IT-YOURSELF PROJECTS FOR KEEPING CHICKENS

    Get ready to jump into the world of chickens, one DIY project at a time. Owning and raising chickens doesn't have to be an expensive hobby. With imagination, simple tools, and salvaged or bargain materials, you can make everything your flock needs for their health and safety.

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  • A KID'S GUIDE TO KEEPING CHICKENS

    Caughey shares her advice in an engaging way so that kids understand what it means to keep chickens and what kind of housing, food, equipment, and care the chickens will need to thrive. She also suggests lots of creative activities sure to spark enthusiasm and imagination, such as speaking chicken, creating a veggie piñata for the flock, and making a chicken fort in the backyard.

    For ages 8-12.

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  • ADVANCED TOP BAR BEEKEEPING

    Bee populations are plummeting worldwide. Colony collapse disorder poses a serious threat to many plants that rely on bees for pollination, including a significant proportion of our food crops. Top bar hives are based on the concept of understanding and working with bees' natural systems, enabling top bar beekeepers to produce honey and natural wax while helping bees thrive now and in the years ahead.

    Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping picks up where author Christy Hemenway’s The Thinking Beekeeper left off, providing a wealth of information for backyard beekeepers ready to take the next step with this economical, bee-friendly approach. Hemenway shares:

    • Guidance and techniques for the second season and beyond
    • An in-depth analysis of the dangers climate change and conventional agriculture present to pollinators
    • An inspiring vision of restoring bee populations through organic farming and natural, chemical-free beekeeping

    While continuing to emphasize the intimate connection between our food system, bees, and the well-being of the planet, Advanced Top Bar Beekeeping breaks new ground in the quest to shift the dominant agricultural paradigm away from chemical-laden, industrial monoculture and toward healthy, diverse local farming. See what all the buzz is about with this must-read guide for the new breed of thinking beekeeper.

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  • AN INTRODUCTION TO HERITAGE BREEDS

    Heritage breeds matter, and they are often a better choice than conventional breeds for small farms and backyards. This eloquent and inviting visual guide explains why conserving heritage breeds is important and shows you how you can raise these breeds yourself, helping to preserve them and benefiting from them at the same time. Written by three experts from the Livestock Conservancy, this book includes chickens, turkeys, ducks, geese, rabbits, pigs, sheep, goats, cattle, donkeys and horses, detailing each breed's specific needs and characteristics so that you can select the one that's right for you. Whichever breed you choose, you'll find thorough, comprehensive information on how to raise it successfully.

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  • BACKYARD CHICKENS BEYOND THE BASICS

    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.

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  • BARNYARD KIDS

    Would you like to start your child on a journey of self-reliance and love of the outdoors?

    A sustainable source of ideas to help your children learn the ins and outs of animal husbandry, Barnyard Kids encourages children to get outside, enjoy nature and reap the benefits of their hard work.

    This fun and creative book by Dina Rudick will guide your family through fun opportunities, learning about keeping chickens, milking cows and rearing sheep.

    It's time to get your little farmhands dirty. Help them grow to be self-sufficient, happy and healthy!

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  • BEEKEEPER'S LAB

    If you keep bees or are interested in keeping bees, Beekeeper's Lab is the book for you. Filled with 52 beekeeping and hive-inspired projects to keep you involved with your bees and hive all year long. The tutorials are brief, accomplishable, and rewarding. Try a new technique each week with how-tos and sidebars with tips that are perfect for including the whole family. Beekeeping a fun and educational for the whole family to enjoy and is a highly impressive skill to possess!

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  • BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS SET

    THE BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS WINTER 2017

    The Winter, 2017 edition of The Best of Mother Earth News Collector Series is a double issue, and includes more than 45 articles that cover a range of topics from DIY & building projects to food and cooking, from organic gardening to homesteading & livestock.

    THE BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS WINTER 2015

    The Winter 2015 edition of The Best of Mother Earth News includes more than 25 articles that cover a range of topics from food and cooking to organic gardening, from beekeeping to renewable energy.

    THE BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS WINTER 2014

    This first Best of Mother Earth News edition covers a wide range of topics, including the best articles on organic gardening, renewable energy, self-reliance, do-it-yourself projects, delicious recipes, raising livestock and so much more.

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  • BEST OF MOTHER EARTH NEWS: COMPLETE SET CD-ROM

    Bumper-to-bumper traffic, huge supermarket warehouses, outrageous utility bills — facts of every day life, right? Wrong! There is a better life. It’s simpler, healthier and more satisfying, and Mother Earth News can help you live it. The Best of Mother Earth News: Original E-book Collection is a set of e-books featuring the best original content from the pages of the magazine.

    Each e-book explores topics ranging from renewable energy advice and practical homesteading solutions to creative natural building methods. Sustainability experts and novices alike will find what they’ve been looking for in this unmatched collection. This comprehensive set includes more than 500 pages of tips, stories and diagrams – for one low price!

    Order today and receive an addition e-book, How to Choose Wind Power for Your Home, Farm or Business, at no additional cost. The complete set includes:

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    *PC/Mac requirements: CD-ROM drive, Adobe Acrobat Reader© (available free from Adobe.com.)

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  • BUILDING CHICKEN COOPS E-HANDBOOK

    Chicken-coop designs are as varied as the people who keep chickens. The best design for you depends on how many chickens you keep, your purpose in keeping them, their breed, your geographic location, and how much money you want to spend.

    This e-handbook shows you designs and helpful tips to make your chicken raising experience a successful one. Chapters include:

    • Twelve Tips for a Successful Coop Design
    • Providing Adequate Ventilation
    • Temperature Control
    • Choosing the Right Flooring
    • Putting Down Bedding
    • Installing Roosts
    • Nests and Nest Boxes
    • Choosing and Siting a Water Source
    • Tips and Advice for Keeping Chickens in Cages
    • Offering Access to a Yard
    • Raising Chickens Free on the Range



    The more adequate their shelter and surroundings, the healthier and more content your chickens will be.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

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  • BUILDING RABBIT HOUSING E-HANDBOOK

    Properly housed and fed domestic rabbits can provide you with delicious, high-quality meat with little expenditure of time, space, or money. Rabbits are small and quiet, and they can be kept essentially odorfree with the proper approach to their housing and care.

    This e-handbook explains what you need to build and outfit a small noncommercial rabbitry and how to do it. Chapters include:

    • The All-Wire Hutch
    • Two Approaches in Hutch Building
    • Self-Feeders
    • Watering Devices
    • Nest Boxes
    • Useful Tools and Equipment



    Raising rabbits will be a satisfying venture with the help of this handy resource. 34 pages.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

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  • BUYING OR SELLING A HORSE E-HANDBOOK

    If you are in the market for a horse, there are many things for you to consider before you make the final decision on which horse you take home.

    This e-handbook helps you become familiar with all aspects of choosing and buying a horse, what criteria to look for in buying a horse and what steps you need to take in selling one. 33 pages.

    Note: This is an e-book. Retrieving the e-book requires you to have an account. When checking out in the shopping cart please log in or register. Do not check out as a guest. Once you have placed your order click on “My Account” in the top right of the page, then click on “Downloads”. You should see your e-book on the following screen. Click to open it and save to your computer. If you need further assistance please contact customer service or call 1-800-234-3368.

     

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  • CHICKEN & EGG

    The age-old question of which comes first is finally answered in Chicken and Egg! For the purposes of egg-centric chicken keepers, it's the egg! A new approach to chicken keeping, Chicken and Egg is specifically geared toward hobby farmers and casual chicken keepers who wish to produce eggs of a particular color, flavor, and type. Whether the reader desires the delectable turquoise eggs of the Araucana or the chocolate brown eggs of the Blue Copper Maran, learn how it's possible to put the egg before the chicken. Written by two expert poultry breeders and specialists, Andy Cawthray and James Hermes, this new colorful handbook offers an edifying overview of the natural history of chickens and the science of egg production so that keepers better understand how to care for egg-layers, improve the quality of their eggs through diet and housing, and maximize their egg production for years to come. The authors have rounded up a few dozen chicken breeds and offer their hardboiled advice about which hens offer the most egg-cellect daily output.

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  • CHICKEN COOPS - 45 BUILDING PLANS FOR HOUSING YOUR FLOCK

    Start a great DIY project, and build a chicken coop with these how-to drawings and conceptual plans for 45 different designs — from strictly practical to flights of fancy — guaranteed to meet the needs of every chicken owner.

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