Duck Hunting Facts
Ducks, the smallest members of the Anatidae family, are related to geese and swans. They can be found in most forest wetlands, near rivers, swamps, lakes and ponds, however, you will never see ducks in Antarctica it is simply too cold for them there. With the exception of the Muscovies duck species, all domestic ducks are descendants of the Mallard. It was the Chinese that were responsible for first domesticating [ducks] more than a thousand years ago. Depending on the breed, a duck can live from two to 12 years.
When raising ducks, it is best that they not be raised alone they are social birds and are not very keen on isolation. Given they are also aquatic birds, most of their time is spent in the water where their webbed feet act much the same way a boat paddle does. When on land, because of their webbed feet, they waddle when they walk. With no nerves or blood vessels (in their feet), ducks never feel the cold of the water no matter how icy it might be. In addition to their well-designed and unique feet, ducks have feathers that are waterproof; near their tail, they have a gland which produces oil that spreads and covers the outer coating of feathers thus allowing them to remain dry. Under the first waterproof layer are more feathers that are fluffy and soft, which keeps the duck warm. There are some species of duck which migrate every year to warmer climates and where the water will not freeze. Once arriving, they rest and raise their babies.
While all ducks have mouths (called bills), each species has one that is of a different size and shape which ultimately decides how they will hunt for food. Most species have a bill that is broad and flat while others, like the Northern Shoveller, have a broad beak. With a shovel like mouth, these ducks have the ability to sift their food so they can find insects, seeds, and snails in the mud. Other species, like sea ducks, have bills that are long and narrow and are covered in saw-like edges – these give them the ability to grab fish out of the water.
Stuffed duck toys do not have feathers, of course. Instead, they are blessed with soft, plush fur. In online stores you can opt for a more ‘traditional’ stuffed duck toys like the Mallard, or you can go with an 18 yellow stuffed duck toy that looks somewhat like a baby duck and as is the case, would be more suitable for a young child. Either way, any one of the plush ducks will surely end up treasured companions.