Whenever I start a new project, I buy a book (or ten.) I also like to call people and ask them questions or go places and actually see things in 3-D, formerly known as “real life.” Web research complements these primary and secondary sources but a good book is usually my favorite way to get really in-depth about a topic. Short of doing it myself, as you can see.
What follows is a partial list of resources I used while trying to get my head around this whole Ducks by Mail adventure. I’ll try to add to it as I find new material. Enjoy!
Storey’s Guide to Raising Ducks: Breeds, Care, Health by Dave Holderread, Storey Publishing, North Adams, MA, 2011 edition. This is the most comprehensive book I found on the topic of raising ducks and is a great place to start if you are contemplating a similar journey.
Ducks: Tending a Small-Scale Flock for Pleasure and Profit; Cherie Langlois; BowTie Press; Irvine, CA; 2008.
Ducks, Geese and Turkeys for Anyone; Victoria Roberts; Whitsett Books; Stowmarket, England; 2002.
The Resilient Gardener: Food Production and Self-Reliance in Uncertain Times; Carol Deppe; Chelsea Green Publishing; White River Junction, Vermont; 2010.
The Backyard Homestead; edited by Carleen Madigan; Storey Publishing; North Adams, MA; 2009.
Backyard Poultry, it’s been both inspiration and resource. Chickens are the main course (sorry! couldn’t resist) but there are frequent articles on ducks, guineas, etc.
Mother Earth News covers a wide range of topics but they have had some fabulous pieces on raising backyard poultry.
Ducksforbackyards.com Really helpful, kind and funny folks who also sell chickens and geese on-line.
Duck Research Lab, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
American Livestock Breeds Conservancy
If anyone else has more suggestions, send them along!
Copyright 2012, Lori Fontanes
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