Snowman, an Amish plow horse, was bound for the meat market when Harry deLeyer, a Long Island riding instructor, spotted him at auction. After making eye contact with the gentle giant deLeyer decided to purchase him for $80.
At first, Snowman was just a horse that children rode during lessons, but when deLeyer sold him to a neighbor, the horse had other ideas. He would jump the high fences so he could return “home.” Harry then began training Snowman as a show jumper. Less than two years out of the plow fields, Snowman won the 1958 horse show jumping Triple Crown—the American Horse Shows Association Horse of the Year, Professional Horseman’s Association Champion, and Champion of Madison Square Garden’s Diamond Jubilee.
Snowman was inducted into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 1992.
Before long, JB Andrew would come to the attention of many. He was big, leggy, and awkward, but he had a long, graceful stride and was chosen for an inmate prison program where he would be trained and made ready for adoption. JB, short for Jail Bird, had a special quality that forced people to take notice. Before his retirement years later, he would win hearts and trophies in the elite competitive dressage ring by becoming the first and only wild mustang to attain success in the sport. He paved the way for people to dream, believe, and succeed and in doing so, JB became one of the greatest ambassadors for wild mustangs the breed has ever known.
Third in the True Horse Stories series, JB Andrew: Mustang Magic is as warm as it is inspiring.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
PBJ Decks Smokin Gun (Gunner) is an American Paint Horse, one of the many of Heather Lott Goodwin's herd, and a valuable show animal that won the World Championship Paint Horse title. When Hurricane Katrina passed over the Goodwin property, it took with it the fences, the cattle, and several horses. Heather and her family lived in their horse trailer for six weeks and considered themselves lucky to have safe, comfortable shelter. After the storm, they searched for the animals and recovered many of them. But three months passed before they located Gunner, a hundred miles away. They were told he was in terrible shape and should be put down. Nevertheless, Heather drove on washed-out roads to bring him home, starving, dehydrated, and blind in one eye. With the help of a vet and her mother, she nursed him back to health. Amazingly, nine months later, he was well enough to compete again in the World Championship Paint Horse Show. Gunner's story is a testament to love and to determination.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
Step 1 readers have big type and easy words, rhyme and rhythm, and picture clues, for children who know the alphabet and are ready to read.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
This book then delves into all the need-to-know horse basics, including: How to identify all the most popular breeds of horses (including the Shetland pony, Arab, Tinker, Fjord horse, and American Quarter horse) Advice on tips on keeping a healthy, happy horse A step-by-step mane- or tail-braiding guide, grooming your horse, and cleaning up after your horse (yes, it must be done!) The details of horse equipment: saddles, horseshoes, boots, gloves, and helmets A full glossary of horse terminology so that you can speak the equine lingo confidently If you or your children love horses, this book is for you!
What are the differences between a Belgian and a Clydesdale?
Why are the Byerly Turk, Darley Arabian, and Godolphin Arabian so important?
Find the answers to these and many other intriguing questions in Marguerite Henry's Album of Horses. The award-winning author of the wonderful stories Misty of Chincoteague, King of the Wind, and Brighty of the Grand Canyon, Marguerite Henry describes in vivid detail the hardworking Shire, the elegant Lipizzan, the spirited Mustang, and many more. Never before have facts about horses been more accessible, and with Wesley Dennis's classic illustrations highlighting every page, this unique collection is sure to be treasured by horse lovers of all ages.
Raising Chickens for Eggs and Food
Table of Contents
It Is Just Chicken Feed
Sustainable Poultry Feed
Crop bound Chickens
Best Natural Food for Chickens
How to Make an Incubator
Fresh Water Supply
Free Ranging Birds
Dust baths and Shed Floor Covering
Building Your Own Chicken Coop
Raising Broilers for the Market
Well Ventilated Coops
Protecting chickens from Predators
The Truth about Growth Promoting Feed
Ever since man found out that it was extremely easy to have domesticated sources of food, reared right in his yard, millenniums ago, is it a wonder that poultry especially chicken farming is one of the best methods to get easy access to a good source of food for your family?
There is absolutely no country in the world, except perhaps the Arctic regions, – where man has not reared ducks, chickens and other poultry for table purposes down the centuries.
Apart from these being an easy source of eggs to eat for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day, you also knew that you would have a tough old rooster for dinner, when a large number of family members popped in unexpectedly, demanding sustenance.
We are going to be concentrating on chicken farming, for domestic purposes in this book. You have this dream of raising chickens in your backyard. You are interested in a continuous supply of eggs, and the occasional chicken for your pot of a Sunday. Layers are those chickens, which are normally raised for egg production. The chickens which are going to go straight into the pot are called broilers.
Since ancient times, human beings have been raising poultry for domestic purposes and also for marketing purposes.
Poultry farming has been a part of rural life in the east down the centuries. All the kitchen waste was fed to the hens. These hens came under the 21st century poultry farming term – free ranging. That meant they were allowed to scratch about in the backyard, getting their fill of insects, worms, green vegetables, organic matter, and was it a wonder that they laid delicious, nutritious, and proteinaceous eggs?
Every intelligent householder kept three or four hens depending on the size of his family, and he bought a cock from the market, when he needed chickens. Once a clutch of chickens was hatched, Cocky Locky went into the cook pot.
One of the common mistakes made by new poultry farmers is buying a large number of birds, because they are not very clear about whether they want these words for home consumption or they want to trade in the eggs and poultry meat.
Around 50 years ago, one of my father’s colleagues was facing this problem. He had this huge garden and backyard. He had heard about dad rearing poultry in that garden successfully. So he also wanted to experiment in this exciting new activity which would keep his family well supplied with eggs, and fresh meat.
So the next time dad went visiting to his base on a tour, he asked dad the best way to raise birds without too much of a hassle. You are going to get these easy tips in the book.
This remarkable story has already garnered a great deal of media attention: the irresistible photographs documenting Pink and Tink?s relationship have appeared on Good Morning America and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Readers of all ages will be captivated by these adorable animals and the amazing bond that they share.
The series is known as one of the most beautiful on the kindle. The pictures look great even in black and white and are excellent on the full color tablets.
Lots of facts and photos will help your children learn about this wonderful bug. Children are given a well-rounded understanding of these beautiful bugs: anatomy, feeding habits and behavior.
*** You and your kids will love learning about lady bugs***
Table of Contents
2. What are ladybugs?
3. Anatomy of the ladybug
4. Ladybug romance
5. How to spot different types of ladybugs
6. Are ladybugs helpful?
7. Why do ladybugs smell when they are crushed?
8. How to get rid of ladybugs in the home and in the garden
9. How did the humble ladybug get her name?
10. Ladybugs in the farming field
11. Ladybugs and tree diseases in the forest
12. Ladybugs around the globe and in your backyard
13. Seasons for ladybugs
15. Photo credits
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Ladybugs seem to come and go without being noticed most of the time. They are cute and colorful insects. Insects are a living species that have a 3-part body, several eyes, 3 pairs of jointed legs and 1 pair of antennae. Antennae are long, thin sensors. Scientists that study insects are called entomologists. Entomology is a Greek word meaning segmented or cut into pieces. The study of insects is part of the field of biology which studies all living things. An insect's body has pieces that are joined together. Some animals have a long spine or backbone which means that they are made all in one piece. Insects are a diverse and fascinating form of life which accounts for more than two-thirds of all known organisms. There are approximately 1.3 million named species of insects around the globe. Insect species are still being identified and classified, with a description and a name. Ladybugs have a smooth and delicate shell on the top of their body. Underneath, 6, tiny rough legs work together so that they can walk around. Watch them move, they are slow and steady. They can tip over by accident and they may get stuck. Their stubby legs and their round body will struggle to right themselves. Just give them a little push and they will have their shell back on top. When ladybugs cluster on a sunny, kitchen window they can be a pest. But they are helpful creatures in the garden, field and forest. They naturally feed on the harmful insects that destroy plants, crops and trees. Ladybugs or lady beetles fly and cluster together.
- How to choose the kind of goat to raise
- How to help your goats stay healthy
- What to feed your goats
- How to breed your goats
- How to raise goats for milk or for fiber
Do you love eggs and chickens? If yes, then you got to have your own flock of chickens in your backyard. Raising chickens in the city, is that even possible? Yes, it is possible. Chickens are the new favorite pets of many people.
Some places don't allow you to keep chickens at homes, but the list of places who are relaxing their laws and ordinances is growing day by day. So, if you are a city dweller and would like to get your hands on some fresh eggs, keep a flock of your own hens.
But why this interest in raising chickens? The reasons are simple. They are quite inexpensive to keep. It costs about $1-$10 to raise one hen. You will spend around $500 on an average on a coop. This is a one-time expenditure. Feeding them will cost around $5 per month. Keep around $10 per month unexpected expenses on raising 3 hens and that's it!
You get to eat your own fresh eggs. You also know what the hens producing the eggs have been eating. So, compared to your factory farmed poultry and eggs you have a safer and healthier alternative.
These eggs are also more nutritious and taste better than the eggs of battery hens. They contain a much higher content of vitamins A and E, beta-carotene, and folate. At the same time, the cholesterol and saturated fat found in the eggs of free-range hens is much lower than those of battery hens.
Besides this, chickens are excellent pets for children. Their manure can be used for composting since it is high in nitrogen, potassium, and phosphorus. They will also eat up all the weeds, slugs and seeds leftover after you have harvested your vegetable garden along with various pests.
In short, chickens are a wonderful pet, and even your small kid can take good care of them with a little bit of guidance from you.
But the problem is where and how to start? Not to worry. Read this guide and you will know how and where to begin. You will learn everything from buying your coop and chickens to cleaning and storing your eggs in this guide. So, let's get started with your own flock of chickens!
Table of Contents
Raising Ducks in Your Backyard
Dabbling Ducks and Diving Ducks
Incubation of Ducklings
Cleaning duck eggs
Ducks and drakes
Housing Your Ducks
How to Make a Grass Run
Keeping a Small Flock
Traditional House Dimensions
Preventing Flight over Netting
Breeding Ducks for the Table.
Ducks and Water
Feeding Your Ducks.
Layers Mash for Ducks
What is Grass Meal?
What is Bean Meal?
It must have been somewhere, and some time millenniums ago, when man found that the Mallard and Muscovy that he hunted in the marshes, and brought home to his family was a bird which could be domesticated.
One is not very certain about which particular civilization decided that duck brought up in your own farmyard, was a good source of eating for the whole family. Roast duck, broiled duck, duck with seasonings and herbs, even wild duck, along with their cousins, the geese and the swans made excellent fare especially during times, when other food resources were not so easily available.
Geese and swans are definitely not considered ducks, though they belong to the same family. The original ancestral species is the same, even though the characteristics differ. Geese and swans are larger in size and can be found in seawater, as well as in freshwater. Ducks are smaller in size, but prefer freshwater habitats.
In the same manner, you should not confuse ducks with other aquatic birds like divers, coots and grebes. All of them are good eating, but they are unrelated, except for their liking for water.
Apart from the meat content and eggs, ducks have also been reared for their soft down. Drakes are larger in size, when compared to the female ducks.
Some of the popular species are Muscovy ducks, Mallards Paradise Shelduck and Aylesbury . The bills are long, broad and sometimes, they are serrated so that the ducks can feed on easily filtered aquatic plant and animal species.
A duck shoot has always been a popular occupation of people who enjoy hunting for gain, especially when you are shooting these birds on the wing. A duck cannot fly when it is molting, and it normally molts before the duck group’s migration to a warmer climate.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 5 Amazing Horses
Chapter 2 5 More Amazing Horses
Chapter 3 A Few Horse Facts
Conclusion Nature's Great Wonders
To ride a horse is to ride the sky. ~Author Unknown
For thousands of years horses have been a part of our life and our history. And like most animals they come in all shapes, sizes and colors. The American Museum of Natural History says horses have been “racing around…for more than 50 million years.” That’s a very long time!
At first horses were wild and free. But around 6,000 years ago, we made them a part of our lives. And as time went on, more than 200 breeds were created. Some sources say it’s more than 400! These domesticated horses worked on farms, hitched to wagons, carried loads and helped on the battlefield.
And today, they still make up a large part of our lives. In 2007, an online article by Horsetalk.co.nz says there are more than 58 million horses in the world! Did you know that?
In this book, we will talk about a few horse breeds you might fight strange. And if you do know about them, perhaps you may discover something new. Are you ready to get started? Then look at the names of these courageous animals before we begin:
9-Akhal – Teke
Do you know any of these horse breeds and what makes them different from the others? It’s not only their shiny coat, strong legs or loving personality. But each horse offers something special. Some are very tame and others run very fast. Some are elegant and strong and sturdy. Others are great with kids.
These amazing animals can teach us a lot about being good friends and taking care of each other. Horses are also very smart. How smart? The following poem may give you an idea!
Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Being Prepared… it’s More than Just a Motto
Chapter 2: Fencing
Chapter 3: The Three Essentials—Food, Water and Shelter
Chapter 4: I Pick Ewe
Chapter 5: Hello, my Name is Shepherd
Most people consider sheep to be cute, wooly…and dumb. These same people would be wrong. The truth of the matter is sheep are cute and wooly, but as for being dumb…while it is true that some breeds of sheep are less resilient than others and don’t do very well in the mothering department, the word ‘trusting’ is a much more appropriate adjective to describe these wonderful (yes, wonderful!) animals.
There are a few other adjectives which aptly describe sheep: manageable, functional and profitable. Whether you have a couple of acres or a couple of hundred acres—sheep have much to offer in the way of an agricultural venture as long as you do it right. That’s where this book comes in.
“I cannot tell you how many times I’ve turned people away wanting to buy sheep; telling them to come see me when they are actually ready to buy.” –Darla Noble
That’s what this book is all about; getting you ready to raise sheep. Based upon the assumption that you’ve decided that’s what you want to do, we will tell you:
*How to prepare yourself and your property to raise sheep
*What you need to raise sheep
*How to select sheep for your farm
*The primary functions of a shepherd (that’s you!)