The average lifespan of a runner duck is 5 to 7 years although some have been known to live as long as 10 years. The median lifespan for a runner duck is 6.5 years.
The reason runner ducks tend to have shorter lifespans than other breeds is because they are bred for their speed and endurance rather than their physical size or health.
This means that they are more susceptible to health problems and injuries both of which can shorten their lives.
However if you take good care of your runner ducks and provide them with a healthy environment they can enjoy long happy lives.
How Can I Make My Runner Ducks Live Longer?
Keeping your runner ducks healthy and happy is the best way to extend their life span!
Ducks are generally very hardy creatures but like all animals they can succumb to illness and disease if not given proper care. here are some tips on how to keep your runner ducks healthy and happy:
Runner ducks are happiest when they have plenty of space to roam and forage.
A large backyard or even a small farm is ideal but if you don’t have that much space you can still provide them with a good sized pen (at least 10-12 square feet per duck).
Inside their pen make sure you provide them with plenty of places to hide from the sun or wind as well as a place to take a mud bath.
Provide your ducks with a diet of fresh healthy food. They will love greens fruits and insects and good quality commercial duck food will provide them with the nutrients they need.
Avoid feeding them processed foods as these can make them sick.
Give your ducks access to clean water at all times. This means changing their water daily and keeping their bowl or trough clean.
Ducks love to swim so if you have the space consider letting them bathe in a small pond or kiddie pool.
Duckling care: If you have baby ducks it is important to give them the best start in life by providing them with proper care.
Keep them warm (but not too hot) dry and clean and make sure they have enough food and water.
Ducklings are very fragile creatures so it is important to be gentle with them.
Keep an eye out for signs of illness in your ducks. Some common symptoms include lethargy diarrhea runny eyes or nose sneezing coughing and difficulty breathing.
If you notice any of these signs take your duck to the vet immediately.
By following these tips you can help your runner ducks live long happy lives!