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Do Ducks Like Rain? (All You Need to Know)

Ducks thrive both in aquatic and land environments. They are adept swimmers and flyers. With their playful nature, they can entertain others. Hence, ducks are a popular poultry choice for rearing.

Whether you are considering raising ducks or not, you may come up with queries. One such is about whether they enjoy the rainy season or not. We will give insights into this with other related facts.

Do ducks like rain?

Ducks love rain. They are aquatic birds which implies their fondness for rain as well. They are fully feathered and can discharge a special oil to protect themselves from water. If the weather is not severe, ducks seem happy, playful, feeding, and preening themselves during the rain.

Here we have discussed two popular domesticated breeds. Do they also enjoy the rain? Let’s find it out! 

Peking duck: 

For their friendly nature, Peking ducks are popular as domesticated breeds. Their prominent physical features are yellow beaks, cream white body, with orange shank and toes. Peking ducks can be a bit heavy to fly. However, their feet seem perfect for swimming.

These breeds also love rain. However, rain with roaring wind and thunder could be scary. That is when Peking ducks need their shelters.  

Muscovy ducks:

Muscovy ducks are another easy-going domesticated breed. One notable feature of these ducks is their red, large caruncles around the eyes. The male and female ducks can reach up to 15lb and 9lb of size. Their colors range from black to brown to white to grey to tan. 

Some also feature multiple colors.

Muscovy ducks are also fond of rain. However, rain with a severe cold can be harmful as it cannot stand cold temperatures.  

Do ducks need shelter from the rain?

Even though ducks prefer rain, it would be wise if the owners build a minimal shelter for them. In this way, they could roam freely in rain, sun, or wind. And when they feel threatened by drastic weather, they can immediately take refuge.

Rain accompanied by heavy wind, thunder, and cold could be dangerous for their existence. Again, they can even catch a cold resulting in hypothermia if they get exposed to prolonged rain. And for ducks, hypothermia is fatal.

An ideal duck shelter should be 2 feet by 3 feet for two ducks and 3 feet by 4 feet for four ducks. Remember, ducks enjoy staying on the ground. Therefore, make sure that the floor is always dry.

A wet floor can lead to hypothermia. Also, make the shelter well ventilated and well protected from predators’ strikes.

Do ducks like flying in the rain?

Yes, ducks enjoy flying in the rain and wind. Rainy weather is, hence referred to as ‘ducky weather.’ Ducks love rain even more than swimming in the ponds. Rainfall allows them to clean themselves thoroughly, be playful, and find food in new places.

Nevertheless, whether a duck can fly or not in the rain is determined by the severity of rainfall and the wind. If it is a little to heavy rainfall, it would not be a problem.

However, ducks would not prefer rainy weather with wind and heavy droplets. It could lead to injuries or even fatalities. Ducks would immediately seek refuge in such cases.

Also, flying in the rain for a long time can harm the ducks by decreasing their body temperature. So as owners, you should be careful about when to put your ducks in a shelter.

Will ducks fly in heavy rain?

A heavy downpour is not a big issue for ducks that are adults. They can easily roam around in such weather. Nevertheless, for young ducklings without fully developed feathers, this type of weather could be serious.

Moreover, when the wind is blowing, it stimulates the ducks to fly and enjoy the weather. However, the wind should not be harsh.

If the heavy rainfall accompanies howling wind, thunder, or intolerable cold, ducks would not appreciate it. They may feel threatened. It could also lead to injuries or fatalities.

In such cases, all types of ducks, wild or domesticated, would seek refuge. The wild ones could take shelter in the nearest safe places. The domestic ducks may take refuge in their houses built by their owners.

What weather do ducks prefer?

The most preferred weather for a duck is cool, wet, and overcast days. They choose to move on cooler days rather than roaming on warm hot days.

Nevertheless, cold does not mean harsh weather or snow. A cold temperature that is acute may not be healthy for a duck’s survival. They could go to a fatal hypothermia state.

Ducks love rain and wind. In windy weather, they get stimulated to fly.  Hence, if the weather is not too harsh for them to survive outside, they can enjoy themselves in the wind, rain, cold, and even in the fog. 

For ducks, winter is one of the times that they are pretty active. The wild ducks search for food. Moreover, in winter, ducks are used to enough resting to conserve their energy or fat reservation in their bodies.

Being a duck raiser, one should arrange heat sources for their ducks to get warm if they need to. For a heat source, simply introduce high-power lights into their shelters. It could keep the interior warm.

Where do ducks go when it’s raining? What do they do?

Ducks prefer rain. They tend to stay outside, even if it rains heavily. The only time that could scare them is when the rain comes with extremity- roaring winds, severe cold temperature, or massive downpour.

Ducks usually get busy feeding, grooming, being playful, or finding new places to hunt during the rainy days. The flight feathers with microstructure can effortlessly shed water pouring over their bodies. Again, there are oil glands on their tails that help keep their feather watertight.

If the rain is severe, ducks tend to take refuge in the nearest safest places. For the domestic ones, the owner should build a spacious, well-ventilated home with a dry floor. Again, they could arrange heat sources by hanging lights inside the shelter.

Why do ducks prefer rain?

Until now, we are very clear about duck’s fondness toward rainy weather. But what exactly makes them like rain so much? Here are some possible ideas. 

For preening/ grooming:

Ducks usually preen their feathers with the help of water. No wonder rain is ideal for them to clean and groom. Ducks follow a routine of preening, fluffing, and cleaning their feathers before they take nap. They need water in this process. 

Ducks also spread the water-resistant oils of their body to feathers for protection during preening.

They again clean their eyes and nose airways by dunking their heads in the water. Without cleaning, the gunk on the nose and eyes can cause them to become sick. 

For feeding: 

Ducks, in the quest for food, move further into open and new places. Rainy days or heavy rainfall is one of the ideal times for their feeding. In such weather, they leave the old water bodies behind. Newly flooded areas are the places they tend to search for food.  

Become playful: 

Apart from grooming, feeding, and cleaning, ducks prefer rain for entertaining themselves. Their moods get cheerful. Ducks splash in puddles, fly and swim playfully. They also play in the pools of water and search for worms and insects. 

Can ducks drown in the rain?

No, ducks would not drown in rainy weather. They are aquatic birds.  They love spending time in the rain preening, feeding, playing, and finding new places for preying.

A little to heavy rain may not harm their activities or drown them. Nevertheless, if the downpour leads to severe flooding, flash floods, or hurricanes, the strong currents can pull them away or make them go underwater.

Again, debris with acute flooding can also force them to drown.

Are ducks afraid of storms?

Even though ducks enjoy blissful rainy weather, it is possible ducks may get afraid of storms.

Storms usually are accompanied by the howling wind, heavy downpours, or lightning. Similar to other animals, these extremities during rain would be frightening for the ducks. 

Moreover, for wild duck breeds, a severe storm may mean a reduction in food availability. Again, the hail from heavy rain could injure ducks if they do not take refuge in a safe shelter.

Final Thoughts

Ducks are aquatic birds and are fond of rain. The feathers and oil glands help keep the rainwater away.  During rainy days, they preen, feed, play, and look for opportunities. However, they may get frightened or can harm their health if exposed to harsh rain conditions. Then they seek refuge.