Do Ducks Like Rain? | Bite-Sized Knowledge

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Do Ducks Like Rain

Everyone that has or had ducks knows that they are pretty self-sufficient but can you just leave them in the rain the whole day?

Do ducks like rain? Yes, ducks LOVE the rain. If they are fully feathered they do not need special treatment and will be just fine. In the event that they get scared by thunder or lightning, they will seek shelter. Otherwise, they will enjoy the rain and swim in puddles of water and dig the mud for worms.

A 3-year study by Oxford University, which consisted of the farm assessment of duck welfare and behavior, proved that ducks prefer showers to swimming in the pond.

The researchers pointed out that a shower, which is more hygienic and economical, was a very good substitute to ponds; “Their health was good and they spend even more time with showers than with the ponds when given the choice. We found no evidence of them being deprived of anything if they just had showers.” said professor Marian Stamp Dawkins from Oxford University.

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Let’s dive into related questions that people have about ducks.

What Are Ducks?

Ducks are mostly aquatic birds from the waterfowl family Anatidae that beside ducks also includes geese and swans. They can be found on all of the world’s continents and are highly adapted for swimming, floating, and shallow diving in the water. They can be found in both freshwater and seawater.

A male duck is called a drake and the female is called a duck, while the baby duck is called a duckling.

Most Popular Duck Breeds?

The most popular duck breeds are Pekin ducks, Cayuga ducks, Call ducks, Indian runner ducks, and Muscovy ducks. Ducks can be great pets that are mostly self-sufficient and can eat a variety of foods.

Do Ducks Need Shelter From Rain?

If you build it, they will come. Having a shelter to keep your ducks in a row can be a good idea. They can use it when they’ve had enough of rain or are getting chilly. It will also serve to keep them safe at night from potential predators and cold weather.

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What Are Ducks’ Predators?

Adult ducks and duckling are a popular food choice for many, many predators. They are hunted while flying by peregrine falcons but also humans. On the ground, they are the prey of foxes, hawks, owls, and other predators. And in the water, they are not safe as they can be snatched from below but also from the air. Pikes, crocodilians, predatory turtles such as the Alligator snapping turtle, and other aquatic hunters, including fish-eating birds such as herons will have a feast with ducks but mostly their ducklings.

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What Are Duck‘s Feet Called?

Duck Feet
Duck Feet

There is an old saying that if you’re clumsy, you have duck feet. Duck‘s feet look big and awkward and they seem like they’re better off in water than on the ground. There is a term for duck‘s feet and it’s palmate or webbed feet. They use their webbed feet as flippers to push through the water.

How Do Ducks Stay Warm In Cold Water?

The most straight forward answer to this question is that they tuck in their feet and their bill in. They have this amazing ability to not let the blood from their feet circulate through the whole body. They isolate the blood in their feet! This lets them stay reasonably warm even in cold water.

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Can Ducklings Swim In Cold Water?

Ducklings shouldn’t be swimming in cold water until their feathers are fully able to isolate from cold and wet conditions that water is. Beware, cold can easily kill small and vulnerable ducklings.

How Long Can Ducklings Stay In Water?

Ducklings Swimming
Ducklings Swimming

Ducklings can swim in water for a short time but after a while, they’re at risk of hypothermia because their baby feathers are not waterproof enough to shield them against the effects of cold water. That said, you will often see ducklings swimming in ponds with their mother without a problem. That’s because their mother will add oil to their down to make them waterproof.

What Are Ducks Afraid Of?

Ducks are birds and they are mostly afraid of the same things – people, predators, cars, loud noises, and thunder among other things.

Do Ducks Have Teeth?

Ducks do not have teeth per se, but something similar that serves the same purpose as teeth do – pecten. Pecten filters water to trap only food in the mouth and also serves for preening feathers.

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Why Do Ducks Have Feathers?

The duck‘s feathers are like a raincoat and will not allow for their skin to get soaking wet. Duckling’s feathers are a different story. They still don’t have adult feathers and shouldn’t get soaking wet as they could get chilled. Now, try explaining that to them!

Are There Ducks That Stay Small?

White Call Duck
White Call Duck

If you’d like to have a duck or ducks but don’t have a lot of space, there is a breed of ducks that fits the bill – the call duck. The call duck is the world’s smallest domestic duck breed, as it weighs less than 2.2 lb or 1 kg. Call ducks look similar to some other duck breeds but are smaller in size.

Call ducks are wonderful pets and many enthusiasts are happy to keep these ducks as pets. There are almost 20 different call duck colors that are standardized.

Magpie Call Ducks
Magpie Call Ducks

Other benefits of call ducks include:

  • They’re small,
  • They don’t eat as much as the larger ducks, and
  • They don’t need the space that the larger ducks require.
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Adrian Volenik

I've lived around animals my whole life and I hold a Diploma in Animal Physiology. When I'm not reading or writing about wild animals, health and fitness, and technology, you can find me playing with my son and two cats. My pastimes include running, playing video games, and solving the NY Times crossword.