I know a few friends who are currently raising chickens, and geese and one who is thinking of also getting goats. Are thinking of taking that leap – and for those with kids, the new Barnyard Kids - A Family Guide for Raising Animals, by Dina Rudick has everything you need to know and then some.
Parents and young kids now have a go-to resource to get started on raising chickens, pigs, sheep, goats, cows, horses, and rabbits. Written so parents and kids can read the book together, it’s filled with essential information, from choosing the right ones animals, to the work, time, and space that’s needed. Each chapter on each animal has four sections. “What Makes Them Tick” discusses food and water needs, hygiene, instincts and the animals’ social needs. “What Makes Them Sick” includes signs and causes of illness, medical supplies and vaccination info. “Where Do They Live” covers housing the animals. “What Can They Give” covers just that – from the various by products each animal gives – from food to milk to the usefulness of excrement.
Kids have helped take care of animals for generations, learning responsibility and self-reliance in the process. Barnyard Kids gives kids and parents the tools to dream about and plan for raising farm animals, empowering anyone who reads it to imagine a life with farm animals and make it real.
The 411 by Maria:
This book with wonderful color photos and a sense of humor covers:
From how to choose which animal is right for you (what is your goal? Do you want eggs?) and how to get started like what kind of food your animal will need, and what kind of shelter.
BTW...here are some tidbits I learned:
Did you know that the chicken gizzard is where chickens store sand or grit to aid in digestion because they don't chew their food?
Pigs have great hearing
Pigs have a list of vaccinations that they need.
Cows eat 1.5 to 3% of their body weight a day.
If you want milk from your cow she needs to get pregnant every one to two years.
Horses need 2.5 to 3% of their body weight every day.
There is so much knowledge and it is really a great layout of a read so even if you are not 100% certain if you are interested in raising animals, the book is still interesting.