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Finally backyard farmers who want to keep a few hens for eggs have a bible that's attractive enough to leave out on the coffee table, and inexpensive enough to purchase on a whim. This comprehensive guide, written in charming prose from the perspective of an organic farmer, will appeal to readers who are interested in raising chickens, or simply want the best knowledge about how to cook them. With this in mind, farmer and animal expert Jennifer Megyesi discusses all the basic details of raising the birds-general biology, health, food, choosing breeds, and so on-and she cuts through the smoke to identify what terms like "organic," "free-range," and so on really mean for poultry farmers and consumers. No chicken book would be complete without information on how to show chickens for prizes, and this is no different, but The Joy of Keeping Chickens also stresses the importance of self-sustainability and organic living, and the satisfaction of keeping heirloom breeds. Readers will appreciate the comprehensive nature of this readable, informative guide, and Megyesi's enthusiasm about keeping chickens. Coupled with Geoff Hansen's gorgeous full-color photographs, this text makes for an instant classic in the category.
Discover how easy it is to master composting Whether you're an avid gardener or simply want to reduce the amount of materials you send to the landfill, "Composting For Dummies" shows you how to turn household food waste, yard clippings, and more into free, nutrient-rich compost and mulch. From building and working with traditional compost bins to starting an indoor worm-composting operation, "Composting For Dummies" makes these often intimidating projects easy, fun, and accessible. If you've ever said to yourself, "I should start composting," this book will help you get the job done. You'll get expert tips and helpful advice on which materials to compost (and materials to avoid), whether to turn or not to turn your pile, how to achieve the right balance of materials in your pile, and more Building plans for a variety of compost bins How to make and maintain a compost pile Up-to-date container trends" "With the helpful guidance of "Composting For Dummies, "you'll discover a back-to-basics skill that will benefit the earth and your wallet
Maximize the efficiency of your rain barrel with the Solar Power Rain Barrel Pump System! This solar power pump is the perfect complement to nearly any rain barrel. With this water pump; you will be able to use rain water to run most low pressure sprinklers; wash a car or even power a water nozzle at the end of a hose. This pump saves even more energy by converting sunlight into power. This pump will be able to provide 13 psi of water pressure and will connect to all standard hoses. The water pump runs on a solar rechargeable (NiMH) battery; allowing for operation anytime; whether it is day or night. This system is able to pump 100 gallons of water on a single charge. Rain barrel is not included.
Keeping Chickens, 2nd Edition is the perfect introduction to small flock poultry keeping. Not only are chickens useful (as both a food source and as consumers of weeds in the yard), but they are interesting and colorful creatures that make good pets and can enliven any garden. The book covers everything potential chicken farmers need to know about housing, feeding and welfare, plus it includes a section full of great egg recipes. Lively, authoritative text and a gorgeous gallery of chicken images make this book appealing to both casual and avid chicken enthusiasts.