What is a ducks lifespan?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by blaundee, May 12, 2011.

  1. blaundee

    blaundee Songster

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    How long can you expect a duck to live? Not including predators, sickness, or Christmas dinners..... What's the average lifespan?

    If it matters, my duck is a Pekin type cross bred.
     

  2. desertdarlene

    desertdarlene Songster

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    Pekins tend to live about 8 years, maybe more. Jumbo pekins will have a lifespan on the shorter side. Most mallards will live about 8 to 10 years. Muscovies have been known to live 15 years.
     
  3. what about cayugas?
     
  4. blaundee

    blaundee Songster

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    Thanks!

    Are Muscovies the longest lived ducks?
     
  5. desertdarlene

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    Quote:I am not sure about if muscovies are the longest lived, but they do live longer than mallard-derived breeds, that's for sure.

    I think cayugas live about the same lifespan as mallards.
     

  6. devin0

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    What about call ducks?
     
  7. gamebirdsonly

    gamebirdsonly Crowing

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    There are reports of some wild ducks living 26+ years
     
  8. blaundee

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    Quote:I am not sure about if muscovies are the longest lived, but they do live longer than mallard-derived breeds, that's for sure.

    I think cayugas live about the same lifespan as mallards.

    I love your avatar! [​IMG]
     
  9. desertdarlene

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    Thanks! I drew that. I was thinking of changing it. I might draw a new one or use a recently duckling photo.

    ETA: I'm not sure about call ducks, but I assume they're the same as the mallards, but don't know.

    I have heard of ducks (and geese) living a long time, too, but usually they've had extraordinary veterinary care throughout their lives.
     
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