Average lifespan of a Cayuga and a Welsh Harlequin?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Number1Sticky, Jan 22, 2012.

  1. Number1Sticky

    Number1Sticky In the Brooder

    Jul 18, 2010
    I was wondering what the average lifespan is of a Cayuga and a Welsh Harlequin duck? Not mixed. But the separate breeds? I have one of each and was just curious. Also how old was/is the oldest duck you've ever had?
  2. mrpekinduck

    mrpekinduck Songster

    Jun 29, 2011
    Ducky Land!
    THe average lifespan of a healthy duck kept in a good environment free of stress and with the proper nutrition is about 9-11 years.
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I have a Muscovy drake going on 9 years.
  4. kuntrygirl

    kuntrygirl Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

    Feb 20, 2008
    Opelousas, Louisiana

    WOW!!! That's a long time. Congrats on that. :bow
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Thanks kuntrygirl, he is still chasing the girls too, but has slowed down quite a bit, doesn't catch them as often as he use to... [​IMG]
  6. Jen C

    Jen C Chirping

    Sep 17, 2011
    Oak Run, CA
    I had a mixed breed (Runner X) female duck make it to 17 years old! She moved to 3 different houses with me over the years. I have had Call ducks live between 12 and 15 years and pure Indian Runners go from 10 to 14.
  7. Ilovemyduckies

    Ilovemyduckies Songster

    Feb 21, 2012
    I didn't know duck could live that long!!! I have a 2 year old cayuga, and maybe a 2 1/2 week welsh harlequin. That would be awesome if they lived that long! :D
  8. gramdragon

    gramdragon Hatching

    Feb 6, 2015
    I have a Cayuga duck that will be 10 years old in April 2015. She is mostly white now and no longer lays eggs. She now thinks she is a drake and has developed the curled tail feathers typical of a drake. She also tries to mate with my chickens. This behavior began after we lost our rooster several months ago. Very odd, but I understand it is not unheard of.

    I had two runner ducks who lived into their teens. One was 14 and the other was 16 when they died.

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