Ducks are fascinating birds and one of our favourites. If you don’t already keep them, they make a great alternative to chickens, and you can also keep them in addition to your existing poultry.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a pond or lake for ducks to be happy. You simply need to provide them with a water source deep enough for them to get their heads under, as this is important for their health.
Here are our top 10 facts about ducks:
- All types of duck are part of the Anatidae family of birds and ducks are found across the world in all continents except Antarctica.
- Ducks are precocial which means that within hours of hatching ducklings are covered in down and able to walk and leave the nest.
- Ducks are omnivorous and opportunistic so they’ll eat everything from plants to crustaceans if they can find them.
- Duck quacks do echo!
- There are over 40 breeds of domestic duck throughout the world.
- The estimated number of ducks is thought to be 1.1 billion – with two thirds of those ducks being in China.
- Ducks have been domesticated as pets and farm animals for over 500 years.
- All domestic ducks are descended either from the Mallard or Muscovy breeds.
- Ducks don’t just quack – their verbal communications range from squeaking to whistling and growling.
- Although most duck species are monogamous for the breeding season they don’t mate for life.