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Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks: Breeds, Care, Health Paperback


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  • Series: Storey's Guide to Raising
  • Paperback: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; 2nd edition (November 8, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 158017258X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1580172585
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #62,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Everything You Need to Know to Raise Ducks Successfully

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

"This book is a deep and useful resource for anyone from beginner to advanced breeder and is jam-packed with information available nowhere else. This includes not only recent scientific understandings but also many insights and 'tricks' from old-time breeders that are sure to contribute to success." - D. Philip Sponenberg, D.V.M., Ph.D. American Livestock Breeds Conservancy

About the Author

Dave Holderread has raised and studied ducks for 50 years. He taught applied poultry science in Puerto Rico before he and his wife established one of the largest genetic stocks of domestic waterfowl in the world on their farm in Oregon. Their ducks have won numerous championships at regional, national, and international shows.


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Even more impressive than what this book covers in under 300 pages is how easy it is to read.
" Anti Microchip "
If you've read Raising the Home Duck Flock by Dave Holderread... and found it of use, you'll love this one.
"iridesa"
This book also has a nice Duck Breeder and Hatchery Guide source index which was very helpful.
Shana

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By "publius30" on March 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
Holderread's book is extremely helpful in giving you all the information necessary to raise ducks. The book gives info on why to raise, features, behavior, breeds, hybrids, colors, acquiring stock, incubation, rearing ducklings, managing adults, feeds, butchering, health and physical problems, and duck shows. It also gives recipes, ways to use feathers, and sources for ducks, equipment, feed, etc. He gives stories from his childhood duck experiences, too.
Being a complete beginner, I bought this book along with ten mallard ducklings July 2001. They are now completely grown, healthy, pretty, happy, friendly, etc! They are laying eggs and hatching them now, too. Each has it's own distinct personality. One's even a lap duck!
I really recommend ducks as pets, livestock, or decoration. If you have the time and money, you should buy your own little flock. They will be so much fun, and with this book, you'll keep them happy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By "iridesa" on January 26, 2001
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Well written and put together. This book is for the beginner as well as intermediate domestic duck keepers. Has everything from care and housing to breeding and basic genetics in an easy to understand format. If you've read Raising the Home Duck Flock by Dave Holderread... and found it of use, you'll love this one. He's revised the previous edition with the newest up-to-date information available for domestic waterfowl.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Carl Cravens on June 12, 2008
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Writing a book called "Raising Ducks" is a challenging task, because it's written for several audiences with different needs. Are you wanting to keep Khaki Campbell ducks in your urban backyard for eggs? Do you want to breed Indian Runners to show at the State Fair? Are you a smallholder who wants to branch out into raising Pekins for your own table and for market? Do you just want to keep a pet duck?

Holderread attempts to write to all of these audiences, risking both overwhelming and shorting the readers who just want a few ducks and really aren't familiar with keeping animals or are unsure of themselves. He does little hand-holding, leaving research into the details of available equipment and the like to the reader.

But I think this book is an excellent resource for any keeper of ducks. Some portions will be less useful, but I've not been able to find another book with as much detailed information. I consider "Raising Ducks" to be the bible of the small-scale duck keeper.

"Raising Ducks" opens with a survey of the duck and the wide variety of domestic breeds... and consumes nearly one third of the book. Much of this information is about showing ducks, which is of little to no use to anyone but those wanting to show ducks. And if that's not enough, another forty-some pages, nearly a sixth of the book, is devoted to duck genetics and breeding. This piece is valuable to the show breeder, but comes at a tediously poor place. Were I the editor, this would have been the final chapter... why learn about duck color genetics before you even know how to raise and keep them?

In short, if you pick up the book already knowing what breed of duck you want, read the "Why ducks?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By " Anti Microchip " VINE VOICE on January 24, 2007
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This book has something for everyone. If your buying ducks as pets or for a large scale operation this book will give you the knowledge you desire. It covers incubation, raising ducklings, feeders, waterers, housing, sanitation, breeds, behavior, genetics, anatomy of the duck, breeding, butchering, sexing, diet, and much more. Even more impressive than what this book covers in under 300 pages is how easy it is to read. Mr. Holderread has written a book easy enough that a 12 year old can become a duck expert. If you are thinking or raising a couple ducks or hundreds this is the only book you will ever need.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 5, 2003
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I highly recommend this book to anyone even remotely considering raising ducks. It reviews all the basics regarding care, and it has an exceptional section on ailments that has saved the lives of some rescued ducks that we took in.
It is easy to understand and well organized, and I refer to it often--even now that I've become a more experienced owner.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Shana VINE VOICE on October 15, 2006
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When I ordered this book I was looking for a really detailed book for the novice on rearing young ducklings for pets/eggs. This book covered a VERY basic bit (one small chapter on rearing ducklings) & after reading it I still felt like I didn't know enough about the actual rearing of baby ducklings. I also wanted photo's and info on the different types of waterers for baby ducklings and photo's of homemade brooders for small scale duck rearing. Which this book didn't have. I also wish this book had more information and more photo's of equipment needed for rearing mail-order ducklings. I felt that many parts of this book were more for those wanting to breed ducks on a bit larger scale. It has lots of information on duck genetic phenotypes, duck colors and basic duck genetics. Being someone who just wants a few ducks for pets, I felt this was a bit over my head and more for someone who wants to raise, show & sell ducks professionally.

In my opinion the best area of this book is the information on many different duck breeds. The information on the breeds included a description, varieties of the breed, selecting breeders, selecting & preparing each breed for show and some author comments.

Among the other info included in this book: butchering, duck health, showing, mixing rations and signs of vitamin and mineral deficiencies in ducks. There's also a nice chapter on predators of ducks. This book also has a nice Duck Breeder and Hatchery Guide source index which was very helpful.

Overall, I would buy this book again.
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