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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:

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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781580172585
  • Publisher: Storey Books
  • Publication date: 11/30/2000
  • Series: Guide to Raising Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet 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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Table of Contents


1 Why Ducks? (1)

2 External Features and Behaviors (10)

3 Choosing the Right Duck (16)

Bantam Breeds (22)

Medium weight Breeds (34)

Heavyweight Breeds (65)

The Importance of Preserving Rare Breeds (88)

Hybrid Ducks (93)

Understanding Duck Colors (98)

Acquiring Stock (142)

Incubation (146)

Rearing Ducklings (166)

Managing Adult Ducks (190)

Understanding Feeds (217)

Butchering (227)

Health and Physical Problems (235)

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  • Posted April 23, 2013

    This book was helpful but not entirely accurate in my limited ex

    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2004

    An amazing guide

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2002

    Wonderful resource

    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.

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