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March 23, 2013

Pet Ducklings for Easter Gifts -- Pros and Cons

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What's in your Easter basket? If your family likes dogs, likely you would find a cute little pet duckling appealing.

Most people don't think of ducks as pets except around Easter-time when millions of people celebrate spring and Easter by getting their children and grandchildren a duckling.

According to Rescue officials: ducklings make foul Easter gifts | Boston.com, ducks act a lot like dogs. They greet their owners, can learn tricks and are extremely loyal. Sounds like a fun idea, right?

Before you bring home your own little fur-ball, the writers caution you to be mindful of the downsides:

  • The average domestic duck relieves itself once every 15 minutes.
  • Ducks are in heat up to 10 months out of the year.
  • Most ducklings sold at Easter are drakes (males), so those hoping for fresh eggs are often disappointed.
  • Parents often assume they can set a duck free at a local pond once it outgrows its duckling stage, but survival is unlikely -- they can't fly, their colors don't match the environment, they don't know how to behave in the wild, and territorial ducks at a pond will kill newcomers.

We once found two abandoned ducklings on the beach and brought them home. They followed us everywhere and required attention pretty much 24/7. These days we stick with the plush toy variety!

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Posted by Molly & Jessie at March 23, 2013 1:30 AM

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