The Interesting World Of Ducks

 Ducks are by no means mysterious creatures; they are a common sight around our parks, lakes, ponds, and streams. They are so common that sometimes we tend to overlook their beauty and unique nature. Ducks are so cute and amazing that it is hard to resist keeping them as pets. However, before you bring one home, you need to have a good understanding of their physical, social, and behavioral needs.

Let’s explore some interesting facts about ducks so that you won’t face any hardships making them a treasured member of your family:

  • Like geese and swans, ducks belong to the Anatidae family
  • Most breeds of the ducks are fully grown at about 12 weeks of age
  • Ducks can survive extreme weather conditions when fully grown and can live up to 20 years or more
  • Ducks are not found of any sort of transportation – they like to fly and get there on their own.
  • Female ducks make the “quack” sound, males ducks (drakes) are usually very quiet and make a soft raspy sound
  • Females ducks start laying eggs at the age of 6 months
  • Duck eggs can be used as a good replacement for chicken eggs
  • Unlike any other pets, ducks do not like to be touched, cuddled, or picked up. If you want to tame them, you can stroke on their chest or on the beak. They like eating sweet treats, you can feed them peas or lettuce to develop a personal bond
  • They are very curious in nature, they will come to watch whatever is happening around them
  • They are easy to herd, all you need to do is raise your arm/s to make them move in a certain direction and they will easily follow your instructions
  • Ducks are very shy animals and they don’t like sudden movements. So, whenever around your ducks, always move slowly. Do not ever chase them; you might get bitten by them.
  • Ducks are omnivorous, which means you can feed them meat or vegetables
  • Ducks are very social, they seldom fight and they get along with each other very well
  • Ducks do not catch fleas, ticks, or other parasites easily
  • Unlike chickens, ducks do not have a bad odor
  • Since they do not have nerves or blood vessels in their feet, ducks do not feel cold and can easily swim in cold water
  • Ducks have this amazing capability that they can sleep with one open eye. Whenever they feel insecure, they can turn off half of their brain while keeping the other half open and alert for potential predators. It is only when they feel completely secure that they sleep with both eyes closed.
  • Drakes are famous for being very aggressive during the mating time which sometimes results in injury or even death.
  • Another thing that is very unusual about drakes is that unlike other bird species, drakes have an external phallus. This corkscrew shaped tentacle can grow to be as long as their entire body and falls off during the winter and re-grows again in the spring season.