RSPCA welfare standards
for domestic/common ducks
43 February 2015
* indicates an amendment
T 2.10.2 Where birds are lifted by their necks to be placed into transport containers, this must be completed as a
single, gentle, smooth and fluid movement and not involve a sudden change in direction.
It is accepted that catchers will often start with their backs to the transport container; turning
smoothly and carefully is essential.
T 2.11 When carrying birds, the weight of the bird must be supported either by:
a) taking the weight of the bird by a hand or arm placed under its body, or
b) by holding the bird with a hand on either side of its body with the wings in the closed position.
T 2.11.1 *
Ducks must not be carried:
a) hanging head downwards
b) by the legs
c) by the wing(s)
d) by the neck
e) by the head
f) by the tail.
Poor catching and handling can easily lead to ducks becoming lame, hence they should never
be carried by the legs.
T 2.12 Birds weighing more than 4kg must:
a) be carried individually
b) have their body weight supported
c) be put into containers one at a time.
T 2.13 Ducks must be put in transport containers in the house.
T 2.14 The top drawer of the transport container must be loaded first.
T 2.15 Birds must be placed carefully into the transport container drawer.
T 2.16 Birds must not be dropped or thrown into the drawer.
T 2.17 Care must be taken to avoid injury to the birds when loading them into the drawer.
T 2.18 Drawers must be closed carefully to ensure that the birds' heads, wings and legs are not trapped in
T 2.19 Managers must ensure that when birds are placed in transport crates, the handling of birds, design of
crates, and method of transportation, minimise the soiling of feathers.