Hallo there, hail and well met from the Hinky Dinky ZZ Farm...
Forgive me if this has been asked before, but I am looking for the best references on the titled topic; Poultry, Waterfowl, Livestock, Rabbits, Sheep and Veterinary Medicine/ Nutrition. Any bonus ideas for good things to have in a reference library for a small farm or suggestions would be very very welcome.
I am building my reference library, taking notes, putting together plans and journals for my crazy bunch. I've decided to get serious about this farm stuff. Never seriously commercial of course, but I want to be more informed and I want the best information. I'm good with technically written things, so that's not a problem. I can work the cable box sometimes ;-D
I've got the Merck Veterinary Manual and Storeys Guide to Raising Miniature Livestock on my wish list right now, and just picked up
"Keeping Livestock Healthy; 4th edition"
N. Bruce Haynes D.V.M.
"Storeys Guide to Raising Poultry"
Leonard S. Mercia
The Backyard Sheep - an introductory guide to keeping productive pet sheep"
Any reviews on these books? I haven't started reading yet, I want to be in a mental space to take good notes and do a lot of highlighting and it's been a hard week down on the farm. Need rest first. What are your thoughts on them as a starting place? Anybody have the Merck? Do you love it? Is it everything I'm dreaming it will be?
The more we know, the better we all are collectively. I want to learn more not just for my little bunch but to also help others avoid losses. It's devastating, it's miserable and every time we always find ourselves saying, if only I knew a little more. I want to know that little more - or as much of it as I can.