I had the pleasure of reading Lisa Steele’s latest book, Duck Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Ducks…Naturally, and after reading her previous book and all her posts online, I knew I was going to be in for a treat with this one before hand. Ducks are next on the list to add to our homestead and if there is anyone that I feel has great knowledge and insights on how to raise ducks, it is Lisa Steele. Especially, if you want to raise them as naturally as possible and have happy and healthy ducks as the title states.
In Steele’s book, you will find a plethora of information on how to raise ducks successfully. It is a very easy read. I learned a great deal of interesting facts about ducks that I never knew before, from their body language to their physical features, etc. She incorporates how to raise ducklings whether you hatch them yourself in an incubator, have a duck hatch them for you, or order/purchase your own to raise.
In Steele’s previous book, Fresh Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Chickens…Naturally, you learn how to incorporate herbs and natural resources to help your flock be healthy naturally, and if you haven’t already read my post on that book, you can do so here. In Steele’s latest book, you also learn how to incorporate herbs in your ducks lives to help them too be healthy naturally. She also includes recipes for different homemade remedies that you can make with herbs should you need to use them for emergencies. In addition, as in her last book, this book has beautiful illustrations throughout.
I had already planned to get ducks before this book was published and had been doing a lot of research on raising ducks, and after reading this book, I am more confident in knowing how to do so. I knew they would be similar to raising chickens and Steele goes over how they are, but she also goes over how they are different. I do love how they can be raised together successfully and that is the plan for our homestead.
We will be having ducks join us not just because their adorable and wonderful for pest control, but we will be consuming their eggs, which I didn’t realize until after reading this book, how much more beneficial they are compared to chicken eggs. For example, besides the fact that they are approximately 30% larger than an average medium sized chicken egg, they contain more vitamins and are overall more nutritious. They also stay fresher longer and while chickens don’t lay as much during the winter and cold weather, ducks lay all year round. Another added plus is that for people who may have sensitivities to chicken eggs, don’t usually have that problem with duck eggs. Of course, since we will be consuming their eggs, we want healthy ones, and the guidelines throughout this book will teach you just how to raise your ducks so that they can thrive and be their healthiest, which in turn, will provide us with healthy, yummy eggs.
Lastly, the end of her book is filled with many unique and delicious looking recipes to make with duck eggs. There are quite a few that I can’t wait to give a try. I am really excited about getting our first ducklings in the next few months or so and I am grateful that I will have this wonderful resource to always refer to. We have decided to raise heritage ducks, which Steele also raises and encourages to raise if possible. If you are interested in raising ducks, I would definitely recommend Duck Eggs Daily: Raising Happy, Healthy Ducks…Naturally as a “read first”. I think of this book as a complete guide to caring for ducks naturally with extra goodies such as recipes, beautiful illustrations, and even helpful resources. This is not just a guide for beginners, but for veterans of duck keeping as well, as her knowledge is indispensable to all.