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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 10:38 pm 
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Can anyone recommend any good books on breeding ducks?

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PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 11:19 pm 
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I bought a copy of Colour Breeding in Domestic Ducks By Mike and Chris Ashton a while ago. It is more conserned with the actual genetic and colour side of breeding rather the husbandry and raising ducklings- But still a very good book.

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 Post subject: Re: duck books?
PostPosted: Sat May 29, 2010 11:30 pm 
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Anything by the Ashtons would be a good book. As Taylorducks has mentioned I think the majority of their books cover genetic breeding, but im pretty sure there is some general breeding books also.

I would like the buff toulouse on the front cover of 'domestic geese'.

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PostPosted: Sun May 30, 2010 8:33 am 
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A couple of books recommended to me (beside the Colour Breeding in Domestic Ducks) were

"Storey's Guide to RAISING DUCKS" by Dave Holderread
ISBN 1 58017-258-X
I have this one and have found it an excellent book which gives an overview of breeds and all round care. It has a great list at the back of duck diseases/problems - their cause and solutions. I'm really glad I bought it.

I don't have this one so can't comment on it...
"Domestic Duck and Geese in Colour" by Michael and Victoria Roberts
ISBN 1 947870 03 2
This book gives a simple introduction to the different breeds of ducks and geese. You learn to recognize the different breeds along with the important points about each breed.

This is a link to an American site which lists recommended books, you might find something of interest there. I try not to look at it or I want to buy everything!
http://www.metzerfarms.com/BooksAndEqui ... stID=20466

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 Post subject: Re: duck books?
PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 5:32 pm 
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Thanks for the replies.
I'm not looking for books on husbandry, I kept ducks a number of years ago, and have a couple of books + articles on keep & rearing them.
What I'd like is a book/s about breeding and genetics as I'm hoping to get some ducks next spring (fingers crossed) and breed to the appropriate standard.
I have just bought 'Colour Breeding in Domestic Ducks' & have the Holderread book from the library.
Honk, I googled the Ashton book on geese - that goose on the cover looks like one BIG bird. Beautiful but.

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 Post subject: Re: duck books?
PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 7:40 pm 
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This one sounds interesting to me: Colour Breeding in Domestic Ducks By Mike and Chris Ashton
but when I just went into the library and poultry books to find out where to get it and more info, it wasn't there. Would a moderator mind adding it in to the list please (or whoever and however it gets done).
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 Post subject: Re: duck books?
PostPosted: Mon May 31, 2010 10:44 pm 
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None of our local libraries had it that's why I decided to buy it.
Mind you, it's not cheap - $50 for a softcover book that resembles an A4 size magazine. But it does pack a lot of information into its 48 pages. I got mine from Bellsouth, they were the only ones in/around the Melbourne suburban area that I found to have it in stock.

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Mariel, if you'd like to order it directly from the author in the UK (I did it via Amazon, but they also take direct orders), it's only A$ 30, incl. postage.

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 Post subject: Re: duck books?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:18 am 
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Sorry, I didn't mean the local library I meant the BYP "Poultry Library" forum.


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 Post subject: Re: duck books?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 10:25 am 
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If anyone has a book that they would like to add to this list, please pm me with the title, author, and a brief description (if necessary), and I will add it to the list.


Above is quoted from Melschooks, in the 'poultry book thread'. I suggust you drop her a PM and see if she can add it for you.

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 Post subject: Re: duck books?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 4:54 pm 
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Thanks Nostress, but I already have the book. What did you think of the book, has it been useful to you at all? I'm slowly working my way through it, there seems to be quite a lot to learn. As it, obviously, deals solely with colour, it'd be nice to find a book that addresses other aspects of breeding too.

I was also looking at maybe getting "The Domestic Duck", if I do I'll take your advice and get it direct.

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 Post subject: Re: duck books?
PostPosted: Tue Jun 01, 2010 5:23 pm 
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I only ordered the book a few days ago, therefore, I'll have to wait a bit longer. Will let you know once I had the chance to have a look at it.

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Has been added to the list now :)

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