Top 10 Facts About Ducks
1. Ducks were once wild until they were domesticated by the Chinese many hundreds of years ago.
3. Ducks’ feathers are waterproof. There is a special gland that produces oil near the tail that spreads and covers the outer coat of feathers. Beneath this waterproof layer are fluffy and soft feathers to keep the duck warm.
4. Ducks’ feet have no nerves or blood vessels. This means ducks never feel the cold, even if they swim in icy cold water.
5. Ducks have webbed feet, which act like paddles.
6. Ducks can live from 2 to 12 years, depending on the species.
7. A duck has three eyelids.
8. Some ducks and geese can fly as much as 332 miles a day!
9. Duck males are called drakes and babies are called ducklings. The collective name for a group is a team raft or brace.
10. All ducks have highly waterproof feathers as a result of an intricate feather structure and a waxy coating that is spread on each feather while preening.