How Long Do Ducks Live?

One of the most popular animals on a homestead are ducks. They can provide both meat and eggs. As a new homesteader, I wondered how long do ducks live?

The short answer is that on average, ducks will live for 5-10 years depending on their breed. However, some ducks can live up to 20 years if properly cared for. These helpful little creatures should be around for as long as possible. The breed of ducks can have an impact on how long they live. It can also be affected by human-controlled or human-aided factors. They include their nutrition, housing, and general well-being.

DUCK BREEDAVERAGE LIFESPANCOMMENTS
General 5-10Most breeds last 5-10 on farms.
Pekin Duck5-10 yearsMany people have said Pekin ducks live as long as 20 years.
Call Duck7-10 yearsForum comments show longer life spans, but most say this is average.
Indian Runner Duck8-12 yearsIndian Runner ducks have a much lower lifespan in the wild.
Khaki Campbell Duck8-10 yearsMany owners noted Khaki Campbell ducks can live 15 years.
Mallard Duck8-10 yearsMallard ducks have a lifespan of only 3-5 in wild.
How Long Do Ducks Live
How Long Do Ducks Live

Which duck was the oldest?

Many stories have been told about pet ducks living into their 20s. Ernie, a UK resident, reached age 21. Edwina reached age 22. Ducks.org states that the oldest duck ever hunted was 29 years old.

Which duck breed is the longest-lived?

The longest-lived duck is the Pekin duck, but duck owners report that their Muscovy ducks live longer. Pekin ducks live between 5-10years. Muscovy duck owners have a lifespan of 8 to 12 years.

How long can Pekin (white ducks) live?

Pekin ducks, also known as white ducks, will generally live between 5-10 years. Pekins can live up to 20 years, according to some owners. However, the average lifespan of Pekins is between 5 and 10.

Pekin ducks are sometimes called “yellow ducks” by some because their yellow color fades to white as they age. As they are one bird, yellow ducks have the same life cycle as white ducks.

How long can ducks be called to live?

Call ducks live between 7-10 years, which is shorter than white ducks. Some owners report that their ducks live longer than other breeds. However, call ducks will generally live between 7-10 years.

How long can Indian Runner ducks live?

Domesticated Indian runner ducks may live to 12 years. The average life expectancy is between 8-12 years. Wild life spans are shorter. A wild Indian Runner duck’s average life span is just one to two years.

How long can Khaki Campbell ducks survive?

According to some reports, Khaki Campbell ducks can live up to 15 years. However, the average lifespan of Khaki Campbell ducks is between 8 and 10, according to our research.

How long can mallard ducks live?

Mallard ducks live for between 3 and 5 years in the wild. They can live as long as their Pekin and duck cousins if they are well cared for in a healthy homestead.

Factors that influence how long a duck can live (at a homestead).

There are many factors that affect the length of a duck’s life span on a homestead. Although each homestead is unique, there are common areas that can be improved to extend the lives of your ducks.

Duck nutrition

You should know what to feed your ducks in order to prolong their lives. Different stages of development and age mean that ducks require different food. This is an important consideration to ensure optimal nutrition.

Of course, ducklings should be fed duck start. Duck starter is a specially formulated mix for young birds that provides balanced nutrition. Ducks can be fed on growers when they are between a few weeks and a month of age.

As the name implies, grower gives ducks extra nutrients to help them in their rapid growth. After a few months, ducks can move to lower-protein foods which will ensure their healthy development and weight loss.

It is vital that ducks have plenty of greens. Ducks can help you clear out weeds or trim the grass if they are roaming around in your backyard. This helps to maintain their energy and vitamin levels. If you have it on hand, however, a quick boost can be given by giving them fresh vegetable peelings or other plant matter.

It is important to ensure that ducks have enough grit to help them digest what they eat elsewhere.

Make sure your ducks have plenty of clean water. Duck owners know that ducks love to swim in the water. If you only give them a small amount of water per day, you might find yourself filling up multiple times per hour . Your ducks should be given water at least twice daily. Make sure they are served in a deep enough container to allow them to submerge all of their heads.

Duck housing

Do you want your ducks to live a long life? It is equally important to ensure that your ducks have safe shelter and a place to sleep. Ducks can be low-maintenance bird compared to feathered companions. However, it is still important to provide shelter and food for your flock.

Ducks sleep together in groups, so a house measuring approximately 12-18 feet in size (approximately 3.6 to 5.5 meters) can accommodate between four and six ducks.

If you have openings on the one side of your duck house, ensure they face away from the wind direction. There should also be an option to close all sides in case of severe weather.

Duck housing should be suitable for predators. To ensure a long life span, make sure your duck housing is reinforced. Foxes are particularly adept at digging through wood panels and chewing through them.

Last but not least, it is important to keep the duck’s house clean. Although it’s not something we enjoy doing, cleaning up the poop from tractors and coops is essential if you want pest and disease prevention.

Duck wellbeing

Like other animals, ducks have basic needs beyond water and food. As a duck owner, you are responsible for maintaining their overall wellbeing. While keeping your ducks safe and happy is your top priority, they should have access to other ducks to socialize and enjoy different environments. Your ducks will be happy if you allow them to roam around the yard. However, if you keep your ducks in a tractor or coop, you should make sure to move it around frequently. This not only gives them fresh grass but also allows them to have a change of scenery, which can improve their health and happiness.

The well-being of your ducks extends to their veterinary care. Regular flock checks and prompt response to any medical issues (major or minor), are two ways to ensure your ducks live a long, healthy life. Natural supplements can be added to water and food to combat illnesses and diseases that could negatively impact the lifespan of your ducks.

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