Domestic Ducks and Geese

Domestic Ducks and Geese

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The keeping of geese and ducks by people as a source of food dates back much earlier, perhaps as far as the first human settlements, when an uneasy relationship between man and Mallard may have arisen. Today's pure breeds of domestic ducks and geese have been evolving ever since, and indeed all modern domestic duck breeds descend from the Mallard, except the Muscovy (which came from South American, not Russia). In this book Fred Hams describes and illustrates most of the domestic breeds that can be seen in Britain today, including Aylesbury, Pekin, Rouen, Indian Runner, Khaki Campbell and Call ducks, Embden, Toulouse, Brecon Buff, Pilgrim and Chinese geese.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 40 pages
  • 149.6 x 209.6 x 6.4mm | 119.44g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • SHIRE PUBLICATIONS LTD
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • colour and b&w illustrations
  • 0747804478
  • 9780747804475
  • 883,241

Table of contents

The first domestic ducks; Commercial table breeds of duck; Commecial laying breeds of duck; pure heavy breeds of duck; Light, laying and dual-purpose breeds of duck; Bantam, miniature and Call ducks; The first domestic geese; Commercial breeding of geese; Pure breeds of geese; Waterflowl clubs, breeders and suppliers: further reading and places to visit.show more

About Fred Hams

Fred Hams was born on a poultry farm in Kent where pedigree strains of popular breeds were bred. Although better known as a Poultry Club judge, Fred Hams qualified as a waterfowl judge in 1978. He first exhibited Aylesbury ducks in 1948, twenty years before he first exhibited poultry. Today he keeps exhibition Rouens and utility Khaki Campbells.show more