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The Ultimate Pet Duck Guidebook: All the things you need to know before bringing home your feathered friend. Paperback – September 1, 2014
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About the Author
Kimberly Link is the Founder and President of Majestic Waterfowl Sanctuary, one of the largest shelters in the country entirely dedicated to rescuing, rehabilitating and finding new homes for non-flying, abandoned domestic ducks & geese. An avid waterfowl lover, she grew weary of inadequate duck guides not intended for loving pet owners.
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This book has THE BEST MEDICAL SECTION, with drug options and dosages, that I have seen (short of maybe a veterinary textbook). It alone makes this book worthwhile. This book has WAY BETTER INFORMATION THAN YOU WILL FIND ON THE INTERNET, INCLUDING VERY POPULAR FORUMS. Save yourself lots of time wading through bad advice online and buy Kimberly Link's book. It walked me step-by-step through wet feather, bumble foot, broken blood feathers, and angel wing diagnosis and treatment (which I needed within the first several months of owning ducks!). Bring it with you when consulting with your vet, in case they don't see ducks every day.
The drawback to Kimberly Links method of duck care is that, of course, it comes at greater financial cost than you might expect for a small farm animal. Building a large predator-proof enclosure is EXPENSIVE and time-consuming. At the sign of any problem, she, rightly, suggests a veterinary appointment.
I *might* have had trouble with angel wing after following her suggestion of feeding the highest quality Mazuri pellets free choice to my ducklings . . . maybe I misunderstood, or maybe it was something else entirely. Either way, for my second batch of ducklings I leaned towards Holderread's suggestions of blending in more oats and limiting feed a little earlier. My second batch of ducklings grew slower and had fewer little health problems. Is it possible that since she deals mostly in rescued waterfowl that have been starved, she has a little blind spot that allows them to become slightly overfed?
If you want a book about breeding, culling, showing, and cooking livestock ducks--look elsewhere.