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Storey's guide to raising ducks : breeds, care, health
Holderread, Dave.
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2nd ed.
Publication Information:
North Adams, MA : Storey Pub., [2011]

Physical Description:
ix, 356 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Presents information on twenty-three domestic North American breeds, covering such topics as duck attributes, anatomy, behavior, colors, incubation, rearing ducklings, diet, butching, health, and guidelines for showing.
Why ducks? -- External features and behavior -- Choosing the right duck -- Bantam breeds -- Lightweight breeds -- Mediumweight breeds -- Heavyweight breeds -- The importance of preserving rare breeds -- Hybrid ducks -- Understanding duck colors -- Acquiring stock -- Incubation -- Rearing ducklings -- Managing adult ducks -- Understanding feeds -- Butchering -- Health and physical problems -- Showtime.

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Elma Library SF505 .H65 2011 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks provides vital information for anyone wanting to keep ducks. It covers everything - choosing the right breed, including rare breeds and hybrid ducks; breeding and rearing practices; feeding; butchering; and, a comprehensive resource section for both the novice and the veteran farmer. New and Expanded features include: expanded breed section; more information on facilities for ducklings, health, and disease treatment; a compendium on marketing and record keeping; section on colour genetics; and, new information on rarer breed conservation.

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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

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