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Duck Egg Production for Beginners: A practical guide for producing duck eggs for the hobby farmer [Kindle Edition]

Michael Messuri , Bruce Wolk
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Book Description

“Duck Egg Production for Beginners: A practical guide for producing duck eggs for the hobby farmer” by Michael Messuri and Bruce H. Wolk, is written for the person who has an interest in raising ducks for free-range duck egg production but knows little or nothing about the topic.

Practical books on free-range duck egg production, written by a duck egg producer with commercial experience are difficult to find. The book avoids technical jargon and takes an ethical, compassionate and often humorous approach to the topic. Many of the details presented in the book are based on first-hand experience by someone who deals with the day-to-day challenges of working with a flock of ducks.

“Duck Egg Production for Beginners” spends considerable time discussing the duck eggs themselves, making comparisons of duck eggs to chicken eggs and discusses the duck egg in recipes. Even if the reader ultimately decides to not raise duck eggs, the book has value to those in the culinary arts as a primer on cooking and baking with duck eggs.

The book also talks about the potential problems and joys a suburban homeowner might face in raising a few ducks on their property and even offering common sense solutions such as choosing ducks that naturally quack less!

For those readers who wish to buy ducklings and raise them to mature, egg-laying hens, Messuri and Wolk cover many topics including proper feeding, watering, shelter construction, egg laying areas, rotation of the duck yard, swimming considerations and duck varieties. The book offers charts on light and dark cycles to maximize egg yields, graphs on square footage requirements so as to allow for humane conditions and offers a table on where to source quality ducklings and/or fertile eggs.

Much time is spent on security and safety issues against predators and the book even dispels myths which could lead to fatalities if not properly observed. For example, ducklings can drown if left unattended in water and there are real dangers in feeding mature ducks human “junk food” such as sugary desserts, white bread or popcorn. The book strongly advocates free-range, duck rearing practices and is opposed to cage-raising poultry or practices that are inhumane.

One, highly unique feature of “Duck Egg Production for Beginners,” found in virtually no other book on hobby farm poultry, are instructions for legally selling excess duck eggs to farmer’s markets, retail stores, high-end bakeries and restaurants. The advice is applicable for those producing chicken, turkey and goose eggs as well. Included in this area of the book are zoning considerations, licensing fees and becoming a USDA inspected facility.

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About the Author

Messuri Family Farm is an Ohio-based farm producing free-range duck, turkey and goose eggs. Michael Messuri, president of Messuri Family Farm, decided to launch a series of practical guides to assist beginning hobby farmers as to the proper way to go into egg production. Mr. Messuri has been raising ducks for egg production since 2005 and he admits he had to learn many lessons “the hard way.” He hopes to help as many would be duck egg farms as possible. Messuri’s co-author is Bruce H. Wolk, an author and biologist who helped pay his way through college by working on a poultry farm.

Product Details

  • File Size: 614 KB
  • Print Length: 108 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Messuri Family Farm LLC (June 19, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008D22GB8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #353,818 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This is an interesting self-published book, and it looks like it from a formatting perspective. Though it is generally well written, there are a few minor editorial errors. They're insignificant for the purpose of the book so I'll communicate the details to the author through other means. As for introductory information on keeping ducks for eggs, which is why you would buy this in the first place, the book does a pretty good job. Well, there is one editorial error I'll point out here: the authors occasionally refer to female ducks as hens instead of as ducks. They are not hens. They're ducks.

There are no deep dive details in here; no plans for a duck house, no detailed comparison of the meat and egg production rates for dozens of breeds, etc. There is good beginning information, though, about what concerns a very small scale commercial egg producer would have when designing or building a duck house or when choosing a duck breed. It is very practically written, sharing the author's own experience in running his own duck egg business. So this isn't everything you need to know about ducks for eggs but you probably already know a lot of the how-to from the Internet anyway. This is a bit of practical experience that you can gain without having to spend the 5 years that the author has spent. No other book I have seen helps you on the path to a successful small business in ducks and duck eggs. Get other books for the detailed technical how to. Get other books for details on running a small farm as a business. But get this book to get an introduction on how to tie the technical side to the business side of duck eggs. It's so close to free that you're definitely getting a lot more value than what the book costs.
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2.0 out of 5 stars They assume duck feed is easily available and it is not December 11, 2014
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I found this book lacking in some essential information that 1st time duck owners need to know. They assume duck feed is easily available and it is not. Therefore it is critical to explain what protein levels are need at different stages of duckling development and that supplemental niacin must be provided if using chick feed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! July 7, 2014
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Awesome book for beginners and small flock farmers!! I hope they make more!
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5.0 out of 5 stars like me. November 20, 2014
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Very helpful for someone new to the duck egg business, like me.
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