Gail Damerow has written extensively on raising chickens and other livestock, growing fruits and vegetables, and related rural know-how in more than a dozen books, including the best-selling Storey’s Guide to Raising Chickens, The Chicken Encyclopedia, The Chicken Health Handbook, and Hatching and Brooding Your Own Chicks. Damerow is a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry, Countryside, and Rural Heritage magazines. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, where they operate a family farm with poultry and dairy goats, a sizable garden, and a small orchard.
This Native American favorite can be cooked, eaten, used as a container, fed to livestock, raised for profit, and cultivated for record-breaking competitions. Discover and enjoy the many facets of pumpkins:
* Growing and harvesting techniques including the secrets of how to grow giant pumpkins
* Step-by-step craft and carving projects, from unique jack-o-lanterns to soaps, creams, and decorations
* Mouth-watering recipes, including muffins and breads, pies and tortes, fudge, and even pumpkin beer
* Tips on successful winter storage, including freezing, canning, and drying
As they learned to raise chickens, Gail Damerow and Rick Luttmann came to realize the need for a comprehensive but clear and nontechnical guide. Their book covers all the basics in a light and entertaining style, from housing and feeding through incubating, bringing up chicks, butchering, and raising chickens for show.
Throughout Chickens in Your Backyard, Gail and Rick express their wonder at the personalities of chickens-the role of brash protector played by roosters, and the instinctive motherliness of the hens. Given some freedom and attention, these birds can become much more than the egg-and-meat machines of commercial hatcheries and broiler factories. Chickens provide backyard farmers with enjoyable pastime, as well as a supply of good food.