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Can Ducks Fly? Many domesticated ducks don’t fly. However, wild ducks fly and even sometimes migrate.

They fly long distances, moving from different places according to the weather, habitat, and food resources

Domestic Ducks | Can Ducks Fly?

Most domestic ducks aren’t very good fliers. They might fly about as well as a chicken can.

farm duck

We have 2 Pekins. They don’t really fly, it’s more like, they use their wings to run really fast. They rarely even get their feet off the ground!

Some of them are simply too heavy to fly. Plus, many domestics ducks just don’t have the need to.

They have plenty of food offered by their humans, safe shelter, and warmth.

Pekins, Khaki Campbells, Magpies, Rouens, and Indian Runners aren’t good fliers.

Domestic Ducks That May Fly

Many ducks owners worry that their ducks will fly away. Since most domestic ducks don’t fly, we don’t have much to worry about.

duck with red face

However, if you own the ducks named below, there may be a reason to worry.

Muscovies
East Indies
Calls
Mallards
Some bantams

Should I Clip My Duck’s Wings?

If your ducks are heavy, they won’t be flying away anytime soon. Clipping their wings is probably not necessary.

However, if you have a lighter duck breed such as a muscovy, it’s a possibility that they might fly away.

Some ducks may fly away and never come back.

It’s really up to you where you want to clip their wings. I know people who do and people who don’t.

I also know many people who clip just one wing. They swear by it actually!

They say that they still have the ability to “fly” away from a predator, but not fly away.

How to Clip Wings

Clipping wings is kind of like clipping a dog’s nails. Wings have blood vessels in them, so you have to make sure not to cut a blood vessel.

duck flapping it's wings

Watch this super helpful video to learn more about clipping duck wings.

Don’t forget you’ll have to clip their wings again after they molt.

You may be able to find a vet in your area that can help you with this.

Do I Need to Clip Duckling’s Wings?

No. They don’t have the ability of flight until they are fully feathered out, and even then there’s a learning curve for flying.

mama duck and ducklings

How Fast Can Ducks Fly?

Most waterfowl fly around speeds of 40 to 60 mph.

However, the fastest duck ever recorded was going 100 mph! It was a Red-Breasted Merganser.

a duck in flight

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