There are many reasons for keeping ducks and geese. Not only are they lovely to look at, they will entertain you with their antics and make perfect ‘pets’ for adults and children alike. Ducks will eat troublesome slugs and snails and they also produce abundant eggs for eating or decorating and supply you with meat for the table. Geese on the other hand are excellent lawnmowers, superb watchdogs for isolated places and are intelligent, individualistic and sociable. Both ducks and geese can be exhibited and ‘showing’ is a pastime which is growing in popularity.
More and more people seem to have a few birds on the back lawn, on the ornamental pond or on the smallholding. As long as you choose the right breed for your requirements, domestic waterfowl can be ideal bird in any situation. Less troublesome to keep than chickens, they are hardy and suffer from few ailments than other types of poultry.
Topics covered include:
• Selecting the right breeds
• Housing grass runs and ponds
• Feeding, breeding, hatching and rearing, health and hygiene
• Showing and exhibiting
• Ornamental waterfoul
J C Jeremy Hobson has been around poultry and livestock all his life. Since 1976 he has written over twenty books and since 2002 he has been a professional freelance journalist and author based in France. Jeremy writes regularly for Fancy Fowl and Smallholder and was in 2006 elected as Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Resident – France
•An entertaining, well-balanced guide that will be essential reading for all those who want to keep ducks and geese but who only have a small amount of space at their disposal
•Aimed at both the newcomer and the established ‘fancier’ who would like to know more
•Covers a wide range of subjects including selecting the right breeds, housing, grass runs through to feeding, breeding and rearing
•Fully illustrated with 77 colour photographs and 18 drawings
•J C Jeremy Hobson has been involved with poultry and livestock all his life and is a regular contributor to country-orientated magazines
18 line drawings