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PLEASE HELP PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF WV ANIMAL OWNERS   It is our duty as citizens (local, WV and U.S.) to know the laws. It's time to spread the word to the WV animal owning population that there are people out there trying to create laws that have the potential to affect every aspect of all animal ownership. Please join our group, and help preserve your right to keep animals!

For those of you that raise any type of animal, be sure to arm yourself with the facts against the proposed NAIS program that the government has in mind... websites to review Please remember that the Animal Rights activists are not your friend.


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Kids Books             Links

Every animal sold at High Lonesome Ranch comes with a brochure to get you started in the best way. Then you will want to increase your knowledge by one of these books:

One of the best books to get is Carla Emory's "Encyclopedia of Country Living", a an old fashioned recipe book."  I call this book my "country bible". It has everything in it to get you started and keep you going -  gardening, growing feed for animals, poultry, animals, fencing, food preparation, bee keeping, etc! It is expensive, but I think Amazon.com has it on sale for $20 or something like that. This is my absolute favorite book

Chickens In Your Backyard Your backyard can be the source of the best eggs and meat you've ever tasted. The answer is chickens--endearing birds that require but a modest outlay of time, space and food.As they learned to raise chickens, Gail 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 the book, the Luttmanns 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.

Small-Scale Pig Raising Features information on penning and handling, health and nutrition, commercial feeds, breeding, physiology, and butchering. 116,000 copies in print

~ I have to admit I do like the Storey Books for quick information. ~

Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry: Breeds, Care, Health The Best Advice n Raising Chickens, Turkeys, Waterfowl, and Game Birds

Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks: Breeds, Care, Health This comprehensive, fully illustrated guide takes you through every step of owning ducks. An essential resource for any duck breeder, it provides the most up-to-date information on:
Individual breeds- Breeding for color varieties - Feeding and housing - Maximizing egg production - Breeding for color varieties - Showing prize-winning ducks
Health care and disease prevention

Practical advice for buying, feeding, and caring for hogs, plus modern breeding and herd management. Storey's Guide to Raising Pigs

If you want to raise your own animals for food, a good book is "Backyard Livestock Raising Good Natural Food for Your Family" by Stephen Thomas.  In a world where hormones for growth are given regularly to the animals we eat, and the fear of e-coli and salmonella,  it would make a family feel a little better if they knew where their food was raised, and how it was prepared. Not only with the meats, but with fruits and vegetables also!

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Your Rabbit: A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing A definitive guide for young readers, this is so thorough that even those experienced in raising rabbits would find it helpful. The smoothly flowing, second-person narration covers such topics as selecting the breed, choosing the first rabbit, handling, housing, feeding, health, breeding, care of newborns, marketing, and management.. A "helpful sources" section offers several mail-order rabbitry suppliers and a complete listing of each state's Cooperative Extension Service. The volume concludes with an extensive glossary and index. FFA members, 4-Hers, and pet owners will be pleased to find this title on the shelf.

Your Chickens A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing  Written with inexperienced youth in mind. However, the information is so complete that even an expert farmer might find these titles useful as a refresher course. Each book covers breeds, housing, economics, and maintenance and management. All scientific terms are defined in the glossary in addition to the text. The pages are divided into areas of text and definitions or other boxed information. Illustrations consist of black-and-white photos and pen-and-ink drawings. A list of helpful sources is included in each book. Definite purchases for areas in which there are active 4-Hers and FFA members.

Your Goat A Kid's Guide to Raising and Showing If you have a goat, or are thinking about getting one, you probably have many questions about goats: What kind of goat should I raise? How can I help my goat stay healthy? What should I feed my goats? Can I breed more goats? How do I raise goats for milk or for fiber?
This book tells you practically everything that you will need to know, including how to choose, buy, raise, and show all types of goats, from pets to pack goats. Whether you want to bottle feed your kid goat or shear your fiber goat, Gail Damerow gives you friendly, experienced advice on just what to do. She has also included important charts and checklists, so you will know just what to do and when to do it to take the very best care of your goat.

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Some wonderful links where you can get goat milking supplies, books, bottle feeding information and more:

Hoegger Supply They have been providing quality products for goat and small farm owners since 1935.

Caprine Supply With half a century's experience in raising goats and twenty-five plus years selling goat supplies and goat equipment, they offer sensible, quality goat products and the outstanding service you deserve.

Goat Connection Where you can not only "get your goat" but find "all things goat" as well! Our Mission:  To provide an opportunity for goat owners/breeders to find  "everything goat" while providing an economical and effective way for companies and individuals to present their products to the world!  


Feathersite If you are looking for a good hatchery to buy eggs, baby chicks or supplies, this site has a state list.

Backyard Chickens Established in 1999, BackyardChickens has become the #1 destination for the information you need to raise, keep, and appreciate chickens.


Demesne ~ information for the way you live today. Chicken Basics Raising chickens is fun & easy. Spring is the best time to get a few chicks and raise a couple hens for fresh eggs. You don't need much but a little yard space and a commitment to keep them alive.

The Poultry Fancier A new online poultry magazine. It is free to read. It welcomes articles from poultry keepers, enthusiasts, hobbyists, and professionals about poultry breeds, poultry
keeping, funny stories, helpful hints, questions, or anything poultry


Raising Rabbits for Meat ebook package          All you need to start raising rabbits                  Raising Rabbits ecourse 

American Rabbit Breeders Association dedicated to the promotion, development and improvement of the domestic rabbit and cavy

Bass Equipment Company Worlds most complete line of small stock equipment...since 1961

Rabbit Central is your online source for the largest selection of house rabbit supplies! We carry house rabbit food, hay, toys, cage accessories and more from great companies like Oxbow Hay, Marshall, American Pet Diner and Super Pet. We know your bunny will love our high quality rabbit supplies, and we know you'll love the great low prices!

House Rabbit Society An international nonprofit that rescues rabbits and educates the public on rabbit care and behavior. Excellent resource for litter training, diet, housing, finding a good vet and more...

Pot Belly Pigs:

Pigs4Ever - you will find the latest, ever growing, information on pet pig health care, behavior, training, adoption, housing, diet, and more.

Potbelly Pigs Online

Best Little PotBelly Pig House in Texas People don't realize just how funny pigs can be. They will run in circles & play with your other pets and they make a noise that sounds like a cross between a duck & a dog bark - it is soooo funny. They are very entertaining & sweet.

Pot Bellies Pot Belly Pigs originated in Vietnam and were first brought to the United States in 1984. This breed is famous for its affection to humans and intelligence.


Raising Pigs - Barn Yard Beauties We like to raise our pigs out in the barn yard. They can root around in the grass, splash about in the spring mud and tuck themselves out of the mid-day sun under the shelter we built just for them. 

Raising a for Hog Showmanship First I am going to share with you what pigs are called, what they eat and how to basically take care of them. This page will help you to better understand the act of raising Hogs for the fair. This link will also allow you to hear what a young pig sounds like.

The Pigsite - the website for the global pig and pork industry

KountryLife This article is designed for the small producer. It contains general information on care, feeding and marketing of feeder pigs, sows and litters.