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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: The Crowood Press Ltd; Reprint edition (5 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847970508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847970503
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 1.3 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Dr Chris Ashton and Mike Ashton specialize in rearing pure breeds of ducks and geese and have developed their stock over the last twenty-eight years. They are among the top waterfowl breeders in the UK, are judges in all sections of waterfowl, and have won the main waterfowl awards at the championship shows over many years. They gained the British Waterfowl Association 'Exhibitor of the Year' award in 1987 and each year between 1996 and 1999. Chris is the author of Domestic Geese [Crowood 1999] and she and Mike have both contributed regularly to Smallholder, Country Smallholding and Fancy Fowl magazines, and have written books on Indian Runners and duck colour breeding. Resident - Powys, Wales


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I was a little nervous when this book arrived. After all, I have been a big fan of Storey's Guide To Raising Ducks for the past few years and it seemed to cover everything I wanted to know about ducks plus a little bit more. As value for money went, I didn't think it could be beaten but how wrong I was!

I was curious about the title of the book and a little worried after reading the Synopsis on Amazon that it might be more of a history book than practical advice book but in fact it is both and the book is broken down into three parts:

1. Breeds of Ducks: History and Characteristics (2 chapters)
2. Adult Ducks: Behaviour and Management (3 chapters)
3. Breeding Ducks (3 chapters)

I was pleased to find part 1 was very readable as it was broken down into nice bite sized pieces with lots of photos and sketches interlaced between the facts. Part 2 covers behaviour but also there are 2 chapters on purchasing and managing adult stock that I found excellent - covering just about everything you'll ever need to know to keep ducks -from the most basic advice on feeding to the more difficult to find information like egg laying capabilities of breeds, Age and declining egg production as well as ideas for fencing, pests and predators (including the less obvious Mink, Marten and Polecat), who would have thought that there would be so many gems of information in this book!

Just when I thought it wouldn't get any better, part 3 filled many gaps in my knowledge and I re-read many of the pages. The whole breeding process is covered from how to select suitable stock, to incubating and rearing ducklings. Finally, to finish, there is a handy appendix for reference which covers many of the common health problems you may encounter.
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I came to duck ownership just a year ago when I fell in love with Runner Ducks. I now have 6 of them roaming around my garden. As a hopefully responsible owner I wanted to ensure that I was doing the best I could for them. This book is great, the first part is about ducks in general and is full of interesting information. The second part goes into more detail on the management and understanding of the various breeds and I gained a lot of insight into how I could improve the quality of my ducks and my life. The third part which I'm hoping to get into next year was about breeding and from incubation to looking after ducklings. Nice non-patronising tone, and I think whether you are new to duck keeping like I am, or someone who is just interested in these lovely birds, you'll find something interesting and informative in this book. It has become a bit of a bible for me and I hope Donald and Co appreciate the effort I'm making on their behalf!
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Really great book! I suspect I'll probably look to buy a more practical book as well as this at some point, but this provides a lot of great detail about different breeds and their histories, duck anatomy, comprehensive feeding detail, advice on health and habitat, and thorough breeding guidance. If you're just looking for a quick advice guide on how to keep ducks then this may not be the book for you, as you'll probably find yourself skipping through much of the more in depth content, but if you really want to a deep understanding of ducks then I can't imagine a much better book.
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A very good informative book all the information you need in keeping ducks. Saves searching for lots of information on the net.
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This book is more about the history of various breeds. It does have some useful information on hatching eggs though.
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As a newcomer to looking after ducks this has proved to be a very interesting and useful little book.
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This is an essential guide. Well worth money
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all you need to know about keeping ducks.
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