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4.09  ·  Rating details ·  376 ratings  ·  34 reviews
With in-depth information on feeding, housing, behavior, and health care, this comprehensive guide also provides proven strategies for creating a profitable business plan and marketing your products. Whether you’re about to acquire your first ducks or are interested in experimenting with rare breeds, Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks will help you achieve your duck-raising g ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published February 5th 2011 by Storey Publishing, LLC (first published January 19th 2011)
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Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent soup-to-nuts guide to raising ducks successfully. I built a predator-proof duck coop following his drawings, and never lost a duck to fox, raccoon, possum, nor snake.
Blake Laberee
Jun 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was exactly what I wanted! Specific duck breed info, egg production, feeding schedules and nutrition requirements. Tons of helpful nuggets (like making sure your non-laying ducks are not getting too much calcium) that I wouldn't have thought of! Very detailed, helpful charts and pictures! 5/5! ...more
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-have
This book NEEDS to be a to-read for all duck owners! I was a little overwhelmed when it talked about all the different types of colors to each breed and all the illnesses my ducks could get, but it has helped me tons! I highly recommend it!!
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, farming
Being brand new to raising ducks, but not new at livestock, I found this book minimally helpful. It is heavy on the breeding, lineages and showing of ducks but light on necessary information. I need more detailed info on where to source niacin, how to bandage a bumblefoot webbed foot and what an 'enlarged hock' looks like. I feel like I have learned much about the do's and don'ts of duck-keeping but there was little practical information on how to do the right things and how to recognize the pro ...more
Mar 14, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-non-fiction
Holderread has compiled a vast amount of information on raising ducks in this guide. Most of it is aimed at small farms and households, which is exactly what I was looking for. His approach is straight-forward and welcoming...and somewhat inspirational. I'm looking forward to the arrival of my own patinos within the month! ...more
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you’re planning on adding ducks to your homestead, I highly recommend getting this book as it’s a great resource to have on hand. It includes all of the information you need to get from little ducklings to adults. It covers housing, feeding, and healthcare issues. It goes over the different breeds to help assist in making choices on what breed(s) best suit your needs and environment.

It covers the care from birth to death. If you’re raising for meat, it goes over the proper processing and hand
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tangible-library
Many sections are repetitive as part of the "standard care." If you're only reading about a particular duck, it would be fine, but if you're reading about all of them, it becomes annoying, almost like a duck encyclopedia auto-response. It is detailed in the types of food, body shapes, and colors of various species. It's a standard text for beginners. It's well organized and easy to understand. ...more
Dec 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a bit helpful, but not much. We are looking to raise ducks as pets and this book mostly talked about breeding them and raising them as show birds which we have no interest in.

All the other information I had already learned in a much more engaging and informative way from The Ultimate Pet Duck Guidebook by Kimberly Link, which I highly recommend.
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: food-farming
Lots of good information, and may have had an impact on my bringing home two ducklings last weekend.
Stephanie Jackson
I didn't read every word but I got the chapters most important to me and my three Cayugas. A lot of good information to help you in your life of duck herding. ...more
Jul 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
All of the Storey's guides are good enough, and some are great. This duck book hits in between the two options, clocking in around "very good." It's thorough and readable, with good diagrams, but perhaps too much information on breeds and showing for me. But I can just skip those parts, and the book did a good job of introducing me to things I needed to know as we tried raising ducks for the first time. ...more
Dec 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great source of information on duck buying and raising. Has information on slaughtering, egg production and cooking recipes. Goes through a breed by breed description of the different types of ducks available and their pros and cons. Also, how to raise ducks with other water fowl, land fowl and chickens.
Oct 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
By far, the most complete and best resource for people who want to raise ducks as pets, flocks, feeding and finishing to laying. Funny anecdotes, great resource as far as nutrition. I refer to it often, and it proves useful now as it was when we didn't have a clue about ducks the week before our ducklings arrived. Easily my favorite book of the year. ...more
Nov 17, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Better than the other Storey's Guides I've read. The author focuses on the small farmer. 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.

He does dwell too long on the different breeds. The first 100 pages could have been an appendix.
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book for the beginner or experienced duck keeper. This book covers topics ranging from the basics of duckling and adult care and management to in-depth discussions of color genetics for the serious breeder and includes instructions for formulating your own rations. Detailed breed descriptions and recommendations as well as information on showing, butchering, and laying ducks.
This book was terrific. I almost decided to exclusively concentrate on raising ducks after reading this book.
The book is well organized, descriptive and enthusiastic about the subject matter. If you are considering raising ducks, this book would be an excellent jumping off point.
Sarah Pfeiffenberger Reinholz
Oct 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Found this book to be super helpful, and am able to keep going back to it and anyways find answers to my questions.
Only down side is that there is not a lot of natural ways to do things our treat wounds
Fredrick Danysh
Nov 26, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: animals
This work deals mostly with show ducks. It does have limited information on the breeds and scant information on truly raising ducks. There is detailed information on conditioning and exhibiting ducks but is intened for a very narrow niche.
Sep 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a fabulous resource from an experienced duck-raiser of 40 years. I have a lot to learn. Poor Bill & Pete, they're my "guinea pig" ducks. ...more
Michael De Paola
Nov 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great information but the chapter on genetics was mind-numbing. Interestingly though, in ducks drakes have two of the same sex chromosomes. Females have two different sex chromosomes.
Apr 16, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
was hoping this would give more practical info on our new duck flock, but it seems lacking in the day-to-day aspects.
Apr 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of great info - from incubating to showing at the fair.
Great guide!
Stacy Koster
May 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a great a resource. I've read it front to back a couple of times already. Hopefully, I will still find it as helpful when the ducklings get here. ...more
May 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The single best guide to duck husbandry ever written. Five stars with regards to poultry husbandry literature.
P.D.R. Lindsay
Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
American so often refers to things American but a useful book for anyone wanting to learn how to raise and breed ducks. Excellent section on feeding and foodstuffs.
Alisa Kester
Hands down, the best book on raising ducks I've found. ...more
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good book. Tons of information. More geared toward someone with larger flocks, but still a lot of incredibly useful info.
May 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book so much that I bought it. it is definitely the go to book for raising ducks. there are extremely few books on raising ducks so it is so nice to have such a good reference book.
Mar 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This seemed like a very nice introduction into raising ducks.
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