RSPCA welfare standards
for domestic/common ducks
26 February 2015
* indicates an amendment
R 1.20 Young ducklings, when first introduced to the range, must be guided towards food and water and shelter
areas to facilitate adaptation to their new environment.
R 1.21 Measures must be taken to prevent the area immediately surrounding any outdoor feeding and water
facilities from becoming poached and muddy.
For example, water and feed facilities can be placed on a non-slip, solid concrete surface, or
a surface that has good drainage, e.g. slats or perforations, or on a deep gravel bed. This
drainage area should extend outwards from the water/feed facility by at least 1 metre.