Ducks: Tending a Small-Scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit (Hobby Farm)

January 9, 2020 - Comment

Written by hobby farmer Cherie Langlois from Washington state, Ducks is a fantastic overview of these entertaining and adaptable waterfowl. The author begins by asking “What do these water-crazy birds have that make them as much an asset to farms as landlubbing poultry?” She provides many answers that defend the virtues and versatility of ducks

Written by hobby farmer Cherie Langlois from Washington state, Ducks is a fantastic overview of these entertaining and adaptable waterfowl. The author begins by asking “What do these water-crazy birds have that make them as much an asset to farms as landlubbing poultry?” She provides many answers that defend the virtues and versatility of ducks and argues that the duck is superior to the ubiquitous chicken in many ways. As a zoologist, Langlois has a gift for elucidating the details of the waterfowl’s anatomy, traits and behavior, all revealed in the first chapter “Meet the Duck.” She proceeds by leading readers through the process of choosing the right ducks for their hobby farm, considering the various domestic breeds (from bantams to heavyweights) as well as the sex of the birds and number of birds/breeds ideal for beginning a hobby-farm flock.

The book offers advice on housing these very adaptable birds that thrive in various climates and regions throughout the world: space requirements, ventilation, flooring, feeders, and fencing. Naturally, ducks need water to thrive in the form of an existing lake, a manmade pond or simple duck pools, all discussed in the housing chapter. “The Duck Diet” chapter discusses the nutritional needs of the flock and various feeding options farmers and ranchers can consider. Seasoned duck aficionados interested in getting into the business of ducklings will find much information in the breeding chapter, which catalogs methods for hatching, incubators, mama duck and baby care, and more. The health of livestock is always a major consideration for the hobby farmer, and the chapter “Flock Health and Handling” offers a mini course in disease prevention, proper hygiene, recognizing symptoms of illnesses, and dealing with common maladies.

The advantages of duck farming—the superior quality of duck eggs, down, and meat–are the focal point of the final chapter “Harvesting the Rewards,” likely the first chapter the dubious duck farmer will read prior to taking the dive into ducks. The book concludes with appendices of endangered duck breeds and duck diseases, resources, a glossary of terms, and a complete index.

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Comments

Anonymous says:

Good pictures. poor writing. I was looking for a book that would help educate me in the finer aspects of duck care and the more arcane aspects of duck husbandry. This was nothing of the sort. It is written for a 9 year old who would like to have ducks, but probably won’t get them. There is very, VERY little practical information in this book. But it has a lot of nice glossy pictures! I already have ducks and was looking for some additional knowledge. This book gave me next to nothing. On the other hand this book did…

Anonymous says:

‘THE’ How-to Duck book for Novices…. This is the duck How-to book that I’d recommend to any novice. Especially, for anyone who wants Ducks for pets. It covers the basics well. Having never raised ducks before, this was just the book I was looking for.The author Cherie Langlois, writes in a humorous and easy to read fashion. In this book she covers duck personality, choosing the right ducks, housing, dietary needs, breeding, duckling care, flock health, harvesting your duck eggs, endangered duck breeds and duck…

Anonymous says:

This gives a great general overview on caring for ducks This gives a great general overview on caring for ducks, and what to consider with keeping ducks. It doesn’t have anything that is helpful long-term though. I bought it after I already had a few ducks and was looking for answers on caring for them, and it didn’t have much. For a complete guide, including treating wounds, feeding, and even the messy parts like butchering, get Storey’s Guide.

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