Bill Long and broad, duck bills are well adapted for collecting food from water, catching flying insects, and rooting out underground morsels. The Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens is a far more practical guide. I have only had ducklings for one month but I already have chapters in information to add to this resource. Eyes The vision of ducks is much sharper than our own. It covers the care from birth to death. For each breed of duck, there is a picture and detailed description.
If you do get scratched by the claws of a bird, prompt washing of the wound with hydrogen peroxide and the application of an antibiotic ointment will lessen the chance of infection. Meat and Eggs All types of poultry provide good food. However, because they may also consume desired crops, to prevent the birds from doing more harm than good, follow these guidelines: 1. There was also a very detailed section on duck illnesses which would be handy for reference purposes when needed. Unfortunately, because this is a basic, overall guide, he makes the information far too general and commercial. I surely do appreciate it.
I need more detailed info on where to source niacin, how to bandage a bumblefoot webbed foot and what an 'enlarged hock' looks like. Overall, is well worth buying for all its professional, in-depth information. These blemishes are not a sign of disease. I'm delighted to have this one on my bookshelf. Ducks whose diet includes fish or fish products or who are allowed to forage in areas containing strong-flavored plants will typically have strong or off-flavored meat and eggs, which are not typical of good duck products. This book is decidedly aimed at the large, commercially breeding or laying flock and neglects details that a novice or hobby farmer might want to know such as what human foods are acceptable duck foods and which ones are dangerous--he mentions only canola oil as toxic--and what ducks respond well to as treats, training and overall human interaction.
Overall, this was an informative book. It was really the second half of the book that I found useful: chapters on incubation, rearing, managing adult ducks, and feed. During a 9-month research project in Puerto Rico, we supplied a flock of 40 mature Rouen ducks that were on pasture and had access to a 5-acre 2 ha pond with nothing but leftovers from the school cafeteria and oyster shells during the laying season. It includes all of the information you need to get from little ducklings to adults. The humid jungle environment was hard on chickens so we thought a pilot project with ducks might be a way to improve the diet of the families with malnourished children.
A difference between Muscovies and Mallard-derived ducks is that Muscovies have somewhat less water repellency. Aquatic Plant Control Ducks are useful in controlling some types of unwanted plants in ponds, lakes, and streams, improving conditions for many types of fish. . Their manure is rich in nitrogen, and they are high egg producers. Therefore, most domestic breeds have lost their ability for sustained flight. Surprisingly, the villagers reported that the Magpies produced more eggs than the Campbells on the village diet of cracked homegrown corn and whatever they could find foraging in the brush around their thatched huts.
Even if you buy rare ducklings for butchering at maturity, you are helping the breed by creating demand for them. By far, the most complete and best resource for people who want to raise ducks as pets, flocks, feeding and finishing to laying. Very excited to get started, and feeling well prepared for the task. Both breeds thrived in the jungle environment. If you don't know ducks - this book is a great place to start. I'm looking forward to the arrival of my own patinos within the month! You should not use the information on this web site for diagnosis or treatment of any health problem. Due to hormonal changes in their bodies, female ducks of Mallard ancestry with yellow or orange bills frequently develop dark spots or streaks on their bills when they begin to lay.
Whether you want three little girls to eat your slugs or 100 gals to produce an income, this is the best book to get--you can trust me, I've read 47 books on raising ducks. But there's so much info that I don't need in it and each topic is covered in great detail. Muscovies have wide, rounded wings designed for slower flight while maneuvering through tropical rainforests. It covers the basics of what you need to know, but I think the topics could be expanded. Duck eggs are excellent for general eating and often preferred for baking purposes. Ducklings that have been raised in close confinement and pushed for top growth rate are much fatter than ducks that have foraged for some of their own food and have grown at a slower pace, e.
Put the two together and you have one awesome resource for everything from choosing the right duck for your yard, personality, and purpose to how to handle an emergency. Duck Attributes There are many reasons why people raise ducks. There is a long chapter about the genetics of duck colors. Along with guinea fowl and geese, ducks are the most efficient type of domestic poultry for the conversion of food resources that normally are wasted — such as insects, slugs, snails, windfall fruits, garden leftovers, and weed plants and seeds — into edible human fare. This particular edition is in a Paperback format. 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.
Wings There are two distinct wing shapes found in domestic ducks. A very good beginners guide! Because our property had no natural body of water, I fashioned a small dirt pond in the center of the duck yard. You don't have to manage a large flock to benefit from this book. Other authors in this series glibly tell the reader to feed pre-mixed, medicated food to animals securely locked into cages; Holderread provides information to those who want alternate methods. Folks have given detailed accounts of setting up lawn chairs next to their duck yards or locating their pens within sight of the house, so their ducks can be observed from a picture window. Each book includes information on selection, housing, space requirements, breeding and birthing techniques, feeding, behavior, and health concerns and remedies for illness. Helping Conserve Rare Genetic Stocks One of the cornerstones for long-term viability of food-producing systems is genetic diversity.
Body Shape For stability and minimal drag while swimming and diving, the lines of the body are smooth and streamlined; the underbody is wide and flat. I usually avoid Storey's publications because the 2-3 I got before this one seemed overly simplistic. Also, drakes of all breeds have weak voices, and for the control of slugs, snails, and insects in a town or suburb, they work fine. It is very thorough and helpful. I suspect that these were some of the other 250 ducklings that the Holderreads had sent us. I really liked the very detailed and complete list of ducks avalable. I decided on the Silver Appleyard and will be ordering mine this spring from his farm.