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Most people don’t even think to consider a duck or goose’s life expectancy before welcoming them home. They mistakenly believe they’ll have this responsibility for 2-3 years and then the adventure will be over.
The truth is most ducks have average life spans of 6-7 years, with some feathered friends making it 8-9 years. A duck reaching their 10th or 11th birthday isn’t as common, but it isn’t unheard of either. If properly cared for and blessed with good genes, some ducks can even go so far as to reach a happy 12-15 years, or even more! Muscovy ducks and domestic Mallards (bred and raised in captivity under permits) can sometimes reach a hearty 15-20 years.
Meanwhile, most geese have average life spans of at least 15 years, with some making it to 20 years. A goose reaching their 25th birthday isn’t as common, but, happily, it does happen. If properly cared for and harboring good genes, some geese can live up to 30 years, or even more!
Ways you can improve the life expectancy of your ducks and geese:
- Diet plays a major role when it comes to health and longevity. Malnourished ducks and geese have shorter life spans than those who are given high-quality feed brands. A smart dietary selection is one of the main ways you can keep your waterfowl around for a long time to come.
- Serene and stress-free conditions can help your pet ducks and geese live longer lives. Because they thrive on routine, keeping them on a daily schedule is a great way to keep their feathers from getting ruffled.
- Safe ducks and geese live a LOT longer than those who aren’t properly protected from predators. Their pen is everything when it comes to longevity. Do it right the first time. Like we always say, the best defense is a great fence!
- Vet care is an essential part of healthy living. While many ducks and geese don’t require medical care until they’re later in years, you never know when something questionable might come up. Remember to respond quickly to even the mildest of symptoms because waterfowl tend to veil their weaknesses extremely well. A fast reaction time on your part can be life-saving.
Some genetic factors that can influence the life expectancy of your ducks and geese include:
- Medium weight, lightweight and bantam breeds tend to live longer than heavyweight breeds.
- Drakes and ganders tend to live longer than their female, egg-laying counterparts. Reproductive issues aren’t uncommon in domestic ducks and geese and can seriously impact mortality rates.
- Ducks and geese with very horizontal backs tend to have more leg and hip issues than geese with more vertically-sloped backs. When they occur, these joint issues tend to limit mobility at a younger age, resulting in shorter life spans. If your duck or goose has a horizontal spine, try to keep them within a healthy weight range to avoid excess stressors on their joints.
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