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Have you heard of preppers? Preppers are people who are preparing for any change in life’s circumstances with an eye toward being self-reliant.  In other words, they want to continue eating even if the grocery store isn’t there anymore.  That, coupled with the recent trend to eat organic local foods, has helped spur a movement toward raising backyard chickens.  If you are thinking about giving it a try, now is the time to line up your fertile eggs or chicks, and the books necessary to help you raise healthy chickens.  Come on it to your library; we would be happy to help you find the information you need.

“The Small-Scale Poultry Flock: An All-Natural Approach to Raising Chickens and Other Fowl For Home and Market Growers,” by Harvey Ussery.

The most comprehensive guide to date on raising all-natural poultry for the small-scale farmer, homesteader, and professional grower. “The Small-Scale Poultry Flock” offers a practical and integrative model for working with chickens and other domestic fowl, based entirely on natural systems.

Readers will find information on growing (and sourcing) feed on a small scale, brooding (and breeding) at home, and using poultry as insect and weed managers in the garden and orchard.

Ussery’s model presents an entirely sustainable system that can be adapted and utilized in a variety of scales, and will prove invaluable for beginner homesteaders, growers looking to incorporate poultry into their farm, or poultry farmers seeking to close their loop.

“Hatching and Brooding Your Own Chicks: Chicken, Turkeys, Ducks, Geese, Guinea Fowl,” by Gail Damerow.  If you want to incubate, hatch, and brood chicks yourself, rather than buying them from a hatchery, this is the guide you need. Poultry authority Gail Damerow explains exactly how to hatch healthy baby chickens, ducklings, goslings, turkey poults, and guinea keets, addressing everything from selecting a breed and choosing the best incubator to ensuring proper set-up and sanitary conditions, understanding embryo development, and feeding and caring for newborn chicks in a brooder. This is an indispensable reference for any poultry raiser, whether you want to hatch three eggs or one hundred.

DL Library Happenings

Tuesday, March 25 is Library Club. The club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 2 p.m.  All are welcome to attend.  Annual dues are $3.00. This month’s program is the Annual Book Review Event!

Shutterfly Photo Book Class on Wednesday, March 26 at 3 p.m. Photo books are the new way to cherish and preserve your memories.  This class will walk you through the steps to produce your very own personalized photo book.

Preschool Storytime at 10:30 a.m. on March 27. Children and their caregivers are invited to join us for stories and related activities!

Friday, March 28 at 3 p.m. join us at the library for Windows 8 Class. Have you purchased a new computer lately, or are you thinking about purchasing a new computer?  Be prepared for Windows 8 operating system; this class will introduce you to the basics.

March is the month for Food for Fines, the Library’s amnesty program, in which we forgive a $2.00 fine for each non-perishable food item that you donate (not valid for lost or replacement charges). 

At the end of the month, all the food donations will go to a local food bank.

Library Hours: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday and Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; closed Sunday.

For more information on Detroit Lakes Library services and programs, please call (218) 847-2168 or visit your Library at 1000 Washington Ave.  Information is also available online at Detroit Lakes Library is a branch of Lake Agassiz Regional Library.