Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks

Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks

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by Dave Holderread
     
 

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Covering everything from breeding to butchering, Dave Holderread provides all the information you need to know to successfully raise your own ducks. With in-depth information on feeding, housing, behavior, and health care, this comprehensive guide also provides proven strategies for creating a profitable business plan and marketing your products. Whether

Overview

Covering everything from breeding to butchering, Dave Holderread provides all the information you need to know to successfully raise your own ducks. With in-depth information on feeding, housing, behavior, and health care, this comprehensive guide also provides proven strategies for creating a profitable business plan and marketing your products. Whether you’re about to acquire your first ducks or are interested in experimenting with rare breeds, Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks will help you achieve your duck-raising goals. 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781603426923
Publisher:
Storey Books
Publication date:
02/05/2011
Pages:
336
Sales rank:
121,280
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

Meet 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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Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
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pat3494 More than 1 year ago
This book was helpful but not entirely accurate in my limited experience raising my first flock of ducks. I got 15 white Pekin ducks and brooded them in a large metal water trough that I had used to brood two previous groups of 25 chickens. First, the duck brooder was impossible to keep clean and dry because the ducks went through far more water than the chickens and were extremely messy with it. Second, the book advised keeping the ducks at 95 degrees for the first week and then reducing it 5 degrees every week. This was far too warm for the ducks. They panted in the coolest part of the brooder and I had to reduce the heat almost immediately. Also the ducks huddled closely together regardless of the temperature, so I could not use that as a clue to their comfort as the book suggested. One good hint from the book was that ducks require more niacin than chickens but it did not really help very much about how to administer it. Raising ducks is much more difficult than raising chicks and that is not really explained. Thank goodness I live in a warm climate and I could move my ducks outdoors before they were fully feathered with a shelter provided.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is excellent for learning all aspects of raising and caring for ducks. It has helped me in my own duck project, and it can help you as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful resource. I am a new duck keeper and reading this book gave the the confidence and knowlege I needed to go ahead and pick my breeds, build housing and rear 17 wonderful, healthy ducklings.