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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


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Pages 160
Publish Date 2008-03-25
Series Hobby Farm Animals
Size 6.0" x 9.0" x 0.2597"
Author Cherie Langlois

About the Author

Cherie Langlois is a professional writer and photographer as well as a trained zoologist. She enjoys the country life, tending to the care and needs of her ducks (Muscovy ducks, mostly), chickens, goats, sheep, horses, dog, cats, bunny, and cockatiel on her hobby farm, nestled in the foothills beneath the magnificent slopes of Washington state's Mt. Rainier.

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