RSPCA welfare standards
for domestic/common ducks
57 February 2015
* indicates an amendment
FW 2.32 Open water facilities have been cleaned out twice
in 24 hours with no longer than 16 hours between
E 1.2 Outside environmental factors, e.g noise,
atmospheric pollution, adverse weather conditions,
& other animals, are not compromising, or likely to
compromise, bird welfare.
E 2.5 There's nothing in the environment that could cause
E 3.4 The litter:
a) is of a suitable material and particle size
b) is in a dry condition (being replaced
c) is of a sufficient depth for dilution of faeces
d) is managed hygiencially.
E 4.1 &
In each 24 hours:
a) no area less than 20 lux (for minimum
b) no area less than 6 lux (outside 9 hour period)
c) minimum 6 hour continuous dark period
d) any supplementary light provided at night is
less than 2 lux.
E 4.4 Birds exposed to natural daylight no later than
7days of age.
E 4.5 Natural daylight provided at all times during natural
daylight period, through all required openings.
E 4.7 Natural daylight to penetrate all areas of the house.
E 4.11 Birds exposed to dawn & dusk periods.
E 4.12 If used outside natural daylight period, e.g. to
extend the light period, artificial lights switched
on/off in stepped/gradual manner over a period
of at least 20 minutes.