The 2013 International Waterfowl Breeders Association Newsletter is headlined "Pictures Speak a Thousand Words." What a great array of photos: Brown Chinese Geese, Black Muscovy ducks, Aylesbury ducks, bantam chicks, Rouen drake, Runner ducks, Blue Magpie, young African geese.Lots more great photos on their site.
This painting is from the March 1930 National Geographic.
Art Lindgren and his family in Maine offer their ducks water.
They make good use of it.
Sometimes you have to make an effort to reach it, but if you're a duck, it's worth it.
As a professional journalist, I began writing about heritaqe poultry after my daughter and I acquired our first chickens in the 1980s. Voyageur Press invited me to write How to Raise Chickens in 2007, followed by How to Raise Poultry in 2009. New editions of both were published in 2013 and 2014. The poultry book covers ducks, geese, swans, turkeys, guineafowl, game birds and ratites as well as chickens.
My next book, The Backyard Field Guide to Chickens, will be available in May 2016.
Traditional breeds are the best choice for small flocks. I continue as a regular contributor to Backyard Poultry magazine.