Literature

 

Recommended Reading

Noted waterfowl breeder, researcher and historian Dave Holderread shares his experience and knowledge in the following publications.  Over the past five decades, Dave has worked with all recognized breeds of ducks and geese and is the first person to have studied the inheritance of all their plumage colors and patterns.  His informative, easy-to-understand writings are used by commercial producers, small flock owners, agriculture development workers and researchers around the world.

 

Now Available!  Updated 2011 Edition of Dave's Duck Book

Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks

 

"This book is a deep and useful resource for anyone from beginner to advanced breeder and is jam-packed with information available nowhere else.  This includes recent scientific understandings and many insights and "tricks" from old-time breeders that are sure to contribute to success. Dave and Millie Holderread have spent many decades in working with ducks, and no other people are more qualified to pass along accurate and useful information on ducks."

                                                           --D. Phillip Sponenberg, DVM, PhD
                                                              Professor, Pathology and Genetics

 

  • 18 chapters covering uses, anatomy, behavior, breeds (77 pages), breed preservation, hybrids, color breeding & genetics (47 pages), incubation, raising ducklings, managing adults, feeds, butchering, disease prevention & diagnosis, and showing.

  • 8 appendices including 16 feed rations, vitamin & mineral deficiencies, preventing losses to predators, recipes, using feathers & down, breeders guide, supplies & equipment sources, organizations and publications.

  • 356 pages, fully illustrated; published 2011.  Paperback $19.95, hardcover $29.95; $4.50 postage & handling or $7.50 Priority Mail (for 1 or 2 books).  Email or call for current USPS rates for any international orders.

 

 

 

Reduced price on 2001 edition:  $14.95 postpaid*

Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks by Dave Holderread

  • Eighteen chapters covering the usefulness of ducks, their limitations, physical characteristics, behavior, in-depth breed coverage (70 pages), preserving rare breeds, hybrids, color breeding & genetics (40 pages), and exhibiting ducks successfully.

  • Eight appendices including 16 feed rations for ducks, symptoms of vitamin & mineral deficiencies, preventing losses to predators, recipes, using feathers & down, duck breeders guide, sources for supplies & equipment, organizations and publications.

  • 316 pages, fully illustrated.  Published 2001.  (Original price $18.95, plus $4.50 postage & handling.)  *Email or call for current USPS rates for any international orders.

 

 

 

 

 

The Book of Geese a complete guide to raising the home flock
                                                                                        --by Dave Holderread

"The Book of Geese, is a valuable reference.  Although basic enough for the hobbyist, it is comprehensive enough for commercial producers and scientists as well."

                                                          --Al Hollister, Dept. of Poultry Science,
                                                            Oregon State University

"I found The Book of Geese absolutely fantastic.  Congratulations!  It became very helpful the day it arrived.  Thanks again."

                                                         --Alvaro Molina, Agroindustrias Anser
                                                           Rancagua, Chile

  • Twelve informative chapters covering the usefulness of geese, their limitations, external characteristics, behavior, the breeds, getting started, incubation, rearing goslings, managing adult geese, diagnosing diseases, sexing and butchering.

  • Eleven appendices...formulating goose rations, symptoms of vitamin & mineral deficiencies, preventing losses to predators, recipes, using weeder geese, exhibiting geese, a goose breeder & hatchery guide, etc.

  • Twenty-one feed rations formulated specifically for geese

  • 224 pages.  118 photographs and illustrations.  Quality paperback, full color cover, $18.95; $4.00 postage and handling (book rate) or $7.50 for Priority Mail (for 1 or 2 books). Email or call for current USPS rates for any international orders.

 

Wing Disorders in Waterfowl--Causes, Remedies and Prevention

   Wing deformities are the most common disfiguring problem in waterfowl.  For 20 years, Dave Holderread has studied the correlation between genetics, nutrition, environment and wing problems in all recognized breeds of ducks and geese.  Reporting the findings of his research, this bulletin gives detailed guidelines on preventions and cures that every waterfowl raiser will find useful.  Postpaid price is $6.00.

Managing Ducks For Top Egg Production

     In a clear, concise manner, this bulletin outlines tried and tested methods for getting top egg production from laying ducks.  Covers selecting laying stock, feeding, watering, housing, lighting, culling non-layers, molting, cleaning and storing eggs, raising your own duck feed and much more.  Postpaid price is $5.00.

Breed Bulletins

     For the rare varieties, these publications represent some of the most comprehensive information available.  Each bulletin covers breed history, production records, color of day-olds, proper conformation and color of adults, common faults, selecting breeding stock and suggestions for a successful breeding program.  Postpaid prices are $2.00 each, 5 for $8.00, 10 for $13.00, 15 for $16.00 or all 24 currently available for $20.00.  Email or call for current USPS rates for any international orders.

  •   #1 Blue Cayuga Ducks
  •   #2 Ancona Ducks
  •   #3 Welsh Harlequin Ducks
  •   #4  Silver Appleyard Ducks
  •   #5 Golden Mallard Ducks
  •   #6 French Rouen Ducks
  •   #7 Golden Cascade Ducks
  •   #8 White Campbell Ducks
  •   #9 Dark Campbell Ducks
  • #10 Pied Campbell Ducks
  • #11 Khaki Campbell Ducks
  • #12 Black Cayuga Ducks
  • #13 Magpie Ducks
  • #14 Saxony Ducks
  • #15 Indian Runner Ducks
  • #16 Rare Runner Ducks
  • #17 Gray Mallard Ducks
  • #18 Aztec Bantam Ducks
  • #19 Australian Spotted Ducks
  • #20 Blue Pearl & Porcelain Mallards
  • #23 African Geese
  • #24 American Buff Geese
  • #25 Pilgrim Geese
  • #26 Chinese Geese

 

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