Synopses & Reviews
"As someone who has kept ducks off and on my entire life I find it bewildering that they are often overlooked as candidates for the home flock. They can be easy to keep, prolific egg layers and endlessly amusing to have around. Lisa and I share equally our enthusiasm for ducks and her book sets the homeowner on the right path providing both the knowledge and confidence for success." P. Allen Smith, host of PBS's "Garden Home." P. Allen Smith
"If you're ready to move from the wonderful world of backyard chicken-keeping to raising ducks, you couldn't ask for a better friend and mentor to have by your side than Lisa Steele. With the care and attention she gives every member of her flock and the sage advice she passes along to the poultry community, any bird in her care is, well, a lucky duck." --Rachael Brugger, Managing Editor, HobbyFarms.com and UrbanFarmOnline.com Rachael Brugger
Author Lisa Steele is one of the most trusted voices in small-flock poultry keeping. Her first book, "Fresh Eggs Daily," was all about healthy, natural care for chickens. Now comes "Duck Eggs Daily," a valuable guide to raising ducks for eggs and companionship. This is also a book for chicken keepers who want to add ducks to their flock. While ducks can live happily with chickens, ducks are different in many important ways. Steele provides an information-packed, beautifully photographed how-to for raising - and living with - happy, healthy ducks. She examines every aspect of her ducks' lives, including duck houses and pools, health care, duck behavior and blending ducks into a chicken flock. She provides a breed chart and a selection of favorite recipes using duck eggs. What's behind the fast-growing interest in raising ducks? An increasing awareness of the superior nutrition and taste of duck eggs (compared to chicken eggs) and a desire for a personal connection with the foods we feed our families. Foodies and chefs are embracing the appeal of duck eggs. And many doctors recommend duck eggs for people allergic to chicken eggs.
About the Author
Lisa Steele is the author of Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens...Naturally. Her website www.fresheggsdaily.com was named one of the Top 10 Garden Blogs of 2014 by Better Homes and Gardens. Her legion of Fresh Eggs Daily FB followers will be happy to discover her new page, Duck Eggs Daily. She is a frequent contributor to Backyard Poultry, Hobby Farms, Urban Farm, and Chickens magazines. Her writing has also appeared at HGTV Gardens, Country Woman and Better Homes and Gardens online. The author lives near Bangor, Maine with her husband, dogs and her flock of ducks and chickens.
Table of Contents
TABLE of CONTENTS Introduction and Adding Ducks to a Chicken Flock Ch 1 Why Ducks? Ch 2 Hatching Ducklings Ch 3 Brooding and Raising Ducklings Ch 4 A Day in a Life with Ducks Ch 5 Duck Behavior Ch 6 Treats Ch 7 Duck Houses Ch 8 Duck Pools Ch 9 A Clean Bill of Health Ch 10 All about Duck Eggs Ch 11 Cooking with Duck Eggs Appendix: • Duck Breed Chart • Edible Flowers, Herbs and Weeds for Ducks • References and Further Reading • Index