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Duck Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Ducks...Naturally Hardcover – October 15, 2015
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Author Lisa Steele is one of the most trusted voices in small-flock poultry keeping. Her first book, Fresh Eggs Daily, was all about healthy, natural care for chickens. Now comes Duck Eggs Daily, an equally valuable guide to raising ducks for eggs and companionship.
This is also a book for chicken keepers who want to add ducks to their flock. While ducks can live happily with chickens, ducks are different in many important ways. Steele provides an information-packed, beautifully photographed how-to for raising – and living with – happy, healthy ducks. She examines every aspect of her ducks’ lives, including duck houses and pools, health care, duck behavior and blending ducks into a chicken flock. She provides a breed chart and a selection of favorite recipes using duck eggs.
What’s behind the fast-growing interest in raising ducks? An increasing awareness of the superior nutrition and taste of duck eggs (compared to chicken eggs) and a desire for a personal connection with the foods we feed our families. Foodies and chefs are embracing the appeal of duck eggs. And many doctors recommend duck eggs for people allergic to chicken eggs.
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"If you're ready to move from the wonderful world of backyard chicken-keeping to raising ducks, you couldn't ask for a better friend and mentor to have by your side than Lisa Steele. With the care and attention she gives every member of her flock and the sage advice she passes along to the poultry community, any bird in her care is, well, a lucky duck." ―Rachael Brugger, Managing Editor, HobbyFarms.com and UrbanFarmOnline.com
“I have a duck and goose farm and sell hundreds of thousands of ducklings and goslings a year – yet I found Lisa's book fascinating and couldn't put it down! Great description of ducks and their lives, evident hands-on knowledge, fantastic suggestions, very practical recommendations, and charming observations of her ducks and their actions. This book provides not only the necessary how-tos, but the equally important Laugh and Enjoy Your Ducks chapters. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is considering a quack, a splash, and an entertainer in their back yard or on their farm.” ―John Metzer, owner, Metzer Farms Hatchery
“When it comes to ducks, Lisa Steele knows her stuff, offering up the insight and advice you will need to raise happy, healthy ducks. Whether you're nurturing ducklings or wondering what to do with your windfall of duck eggs, Steele's book offers gentle guidance on the art and science of keeping these beautiful, rewarding animals.” ―Felicia Feaster, Editor-in-Chief, HGTV Gardens
About the Author
Lisa Steele is a fifth-generation chicken keeper and creator of Fresh Eggs Daily, the go-to online resource for poultry-keeping advice which has been named one of Better Homes & Gardens Top Ten Gardening Blogs. Lisa has amassed an audience of nearly one million from all over the globe, who look to her for tips on raising backyard poultry naturally, do-it-yourself ideas, and coop-to-kitchen recipes. Dubbed “queen of the coop," Lisa and her work have been recognized by many national media outlets, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Country Woman, Parade, and others. As a television and radio personality, Lisa has appeared on the Hallmark Channel’s "Home & Family," HGTV's “Martha Knows Best,” P. Allen Smith’s “Garden Home,” and NPR’s “Maine Calling” – and hosted the New England regional Emmy-nominated television show “Welcome To My Farm” for two seasons. Lisa's first book was recommended for summer reading on “The View” in 2018, and her popular books have sold more than 125,000 copies. She lives in the woods of Maine with her husband, their corgi, barn cat, and her “girls” – a mixed flock of about thirty chickens, ducks, and geese.
- Publisher : St. Lynn's Press; 1st edition (October 15, 2015)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0989268888
- ISBN-13 : 978-0989268882
- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Dimensions : 5 x 1 x 7 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #416,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2018
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Reviewed in the United States on April 19, 2018
- Covers a broad range of topics for beginners
- gives the reader an idea of what owning ducks is like/what to expect
- excellent resource pages at the back for further learning
- explores different bedding options, diet selection, number of birds (and sex) for a beginners flock, etc.
-Quick and easy read
- while many important topics are covered (everything from ducklings, housing, feeding, behavior, to minor injuries) each topic isn't covered in extensive detail. This left me wondering about specifics or alternative options on certain topics.
- there is a first aid section, but it's minimal and the author only focuses on natural methods. While I'm a fan of this, sometimes it's not enough. There are no alternatives given.
Overall, It's a great beginners book. She covers a lot and sets realistic expectations. I think it's useful for a duck reference home library, however, I plan to have additional resources
Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2020
Reviewed in the United States on November 13, 2020
Our six Golden300 ducklings are thriving, and this book has made me much more confident over the last 6 weeks of taking care of them!