The authors show that ducks are tough animals and scavengers and are easier to keep than chickens. They provide eggs and meat that make a valuable contribution to family diets. They can also be sold and by-products such as feathers can be marketed as well. This Agrodok provides basic facts about duck keeping and illustrations are used to help clarify the methods described. Selecting a breed and managing a flock as well as combining duck keeping with other activities such as rice cultivation and fish culture are also dealt with. Other chapters focus on health care, feeding and ways of record keeping that enable farmers to calculate the costs and benefits of their duck business over a longer period of time.
Sample pages: Duck keeping in the tropics