Livestock and wildlife from rural America

Crib to Chicken Coop

Learn how to upcycle a crib into a chicken coop.

Coyote Population Control

Curb the coyote population to protect your livestock.

Browse more great rural know-how in the GRIT archives: Animals

Pig Breed Guide

Pig Breed Guide

A hog guide, for you to select the best swine for your farm.

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Raising Chickens in the City


Mary MurrayWindy Meadows Farm

Mary is a Midwest farmgirl. She headed west to the Rocky Mountains for college, then following graduation, returned home and married her sweetheart. They settled down in a busy suburb; however they were soon convinced that it was time for a slower-paced life.

By Mary Murray





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Homesteading and sustainable farming are major steps in the journey toward self-sufficiency. The benefits of producing naturally raised animals and crops have a positive influence on everyone, from the grower to the consumer. Learn the best methods in egg and chicken production; gain the skills to build or renovate a small barn for your horse; find out how to easily crate train your dog; and much more with the Livestock and Farming E-book Projects Collection.

For the first time, Mother Earth News is proud to offer the complete Livestock and Farming E-book Projects Collection. This comprehensive collection includes 12 useful e-books with titles ranging from "Raising Game Birds" to "Homemade Treats for Happy, Healthy Dogs". The Livestock and Farming E-book Projects Collection is packed with practical information, innovative ideas and creative projects to inspire you to turn your dreams of country living into a reality.

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  • Tack: Care and Cleaning
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  • Raising Ducks & Geese
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For anyone who wants to grow food in small spaces, this book has the solution: Grow up! With tepees, trellises, cages, hanging baskets, wall pockets, stacking pots and multilevel raised beds, gardeners can reap bountiful harvests from the tiniest areas — even an alley, a balcony, rooftop or a windowsill. Master gardener Rhonda Massingham Hart shows you how to construct the site, prepare the soil, and plant and care for vegetables and fruit to produce big yields. From beans on a tepee to tomatoes on a wire archway, cucumbers on a trellis, and kiwis on a clothesline, Hart has something to fit every gardener’s needs.



In Mustang Man, Louis L’Amour takes Nolan Sackett on a dangerous journey into family betrayal, greed, and murder.

When Nolan Sackett met Penelope Hume in a cantina at Borregos Plaza, the girl immediately captured his attention. That she was heir to a lost cache of gold didn’t make her any less desirable. But Penelope isn’t the only one after her grandfather’s treasure; Sylvie, Ralph, and Andrew Karnes, distant relatives with no legal claim to the gold, are obsessed with claiming the Hume fortune for themselves. Their all-consuming sense of entitlement recklessly drives them to ambush and murder. Even if Sackett and Penelope are fortunate enough to escape this deadly trio and find the canyon where the gold is hidden, Indian legend has it that nothing will live there—no birds or insects. They say it is filled with the bones of men.