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Storey's guide to raising ducks
Holderread, Dave.
Personal Author:
Uniform Title:
Raising the home duck flock.
Publication Information:
Pownal, Vt. : Storey Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
iv, 316 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
General Note:
"Previously published under the title Raising the home duck flock"--verso t.p.
Subject Term:
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
SF505 .H64 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
SF505 .H64 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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For 17 years readers have turned to Storey Books for advice on raising animals. Our Modern Way series of six books has sold more than 1,000,000 copies. In an effort to provide readers with the best how-to animal books on the market we are completely updating all six Modern Way titles and reintroducing them as part of our Guide to Raising series.

Written by experts, these guides give novice and experienced livestock farmers all they need to know to successfully keep and profit from animals. Each book includes information on selection, housing, space requirements, breeding and birthing techniques, feeding, behavior, and health concerns and remedies for illness. The books also address the business of raising animals -- processing meat, milk, eggs, and more. The authors were chosen not only for their expertise but also for their ability to explain the ins and outs of animal husbandry in an inviting and authoritative manner.

Whether readers are ready to start an entire herd or flock or are considering purchasing their first animal, Storey's Guide to Raising series offers vital information; each book is an indispensable reference.

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Booklist Review

Storey has long been known as a go-to press for exemplary animal-husbandry titles, and now it is releasing some of its best-sellers in substantially revised editions to satisfy growing demand for information on their increasingly trendy topics. Almost a third of the material in this update of a 2001 title is brand new, including current guidelines for disease prevention and maintaining healthy flocks and new overviews of organic methods. Also expanded is the resource section as well as a discussion about the importance of rare breeds, a topic that fits easily into the larger movement to preserve the widest possible gene pools in plants and animals. As in the previous edition, readers will find all the basic, technical facts they need to start and maintain their own fowl-raising operation, beginning with choosing the right duck, and throughout, sidebars from experienced voices offer sobering advice on such topics as thwarting predators ( Just one raccoon visit can wipe out your entire flock ). Extensive charts and a scattering of photos round out this essential guide.--Engberg, Gillian Copyright 2010 Booklist

Table of Contents

Forewordp. iv
1 Why Ducks?p. 1
2 External Features and Behaviorp. 10
3 Choosing the Right Duckp. 16
4 Bantam Breedsp. 22
5 Lightweight Breedsp. 34
6 Mediumweight Breedsp. 52
7 Heavyweight Breedsp. 65
8 The Importance of Preserving Rare Breedsp. 88
9 Hybrid Ducksp. 93
10 Understanding Duck Colorsp. 98
11 Acquiring Stockp. 142
12 Incubationp. 146
13 Rearing Ducklingsp. 166
14 Managing Adult Ducksp. 190
15 Understanding Feedsp. 217
16 Butcheringp. 227
17 Health and Physical Problemsp. 235
18 Show Timep. 275
Appendixesp. 284
A. Mixing Duck Rations
B. Symptoms of Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies in Ducks
C. Predators
D. Duck Recipes
E. Using Feathers and Down
F. Duck Breeders and Hatchery Guide
G. Sources of Supplies and Equipment
H. Organizations and Publications
Glossaryp. 303
Indexp. 306
Metric Conversion Chartp. 315