- Series: Storey's Guide to Raising
- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Storey Publishing, LLC; Second edition (February 5, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1603426922
- ISBN-13: 978-1603426923
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 149 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,228 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks, 2nd Edition: Breeds, Care, Health Paperback – February 5, 2011
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From the Back Cover
The revised and updated second edition includes:
*Expanded coverage of 23 domestic North American breeds
*Preview of natural and artificial incubation
*Revised and expanded guide to duck colors
*Up-to-date information on disease prevention and treatment
*Guidelines for showing
*Tips on rare breed conservation
About the Author
Dave Holderread, author of Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks, has raised ducks for nearly 50 years. He and his wife have established one of the largest genetic stocks of domestic waterfowl in the world on their farm in Oregon, and their ducks have won numerous championships at regional and national shows. Holderread teaches in vocational poultry programs throughout North America.
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This book helped me choose a breed, design a predator-resistant duck house and duck yard, and create a healthy feeding/watering plan. With its help, I raised mail-order ducklings to a healthy laying flock--losing only 1 out of 9 ducklings.
It is a VERY PRACTICAL guide written by a man who has tons of experience breeding, raising, and showing ducks of many different breeds. It has probably some of the best breed descriptions (although, of course, not lots of beautiful color photos) in any duck book I've read. His duck feeding, watering, and housing guides are in-depth and practical. I refer to them frequently as the needs of my flock change. I find if I'm running into trouble--it's usually because I disregarded one of his suggestions. His health section has tips to prevent illness in the first place, and treatment suggestions keeping in mind the real world value of your average duck. There is a short section on butchering/ recipes too, as well as showing.
Essentially, I recommend reading this through, but then finding books such as The Resilient Gardener to expand in detail on how to really care for ducks if you're not a big-time farmer.
External Features and Behavior
Choosing the Right Duck
The Importance of Preserving Rare Breeds
Understanding Duck Colors
Managing Adult Ducks
Health and Physical Problems
This book also contains Acknowledgements, a Foreword, Glossary, and Appendix which includes; Mixing Duck Rations, Symptoms of Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies in Ducks, Predators, Duck Recipes, Using Feathers and Down, Duck Breekers and Hachery Guide, Sources of Supplies and Equipment, and Organizations and Publications.
Like I said, packed with great information.
Originally purchased as a personal reference while working as a naturalist at a waterfowl wildlife refuge where I was assisting in tending habitats and care for wild waterfowl and injured-secured wild or domestic waterfowl. A year later, I brought home an abandoned, domestic muscovy duckling from work -- who then needed a friend and purchased a domestic khaki campbell duckling.
I've used this book and Kimberley Link's "The Ultimate Pet Duck Guidebook" (which is crazily priced at the moment of writing, but I purchased when $10 used) as my reference guides in duck keeping and they are the only two I own on the topic. They both cover some similar material but also vast other amounts individually. Both have become a great set to lend to new duck owners before they go out and buy any guides or reference material for themselves.