WHY DUCKS & GEESE NEED SANCTUARY


Ducks and geese are used extensively for their flesh, foie gras (livers), and their feathers. More than 31 million ducks are killed each year for their flesh. Ducks are outgoing, social animals who enjoy swimming, foraging, and travel long distances for migration. Geese are loyal and mate for life, mourning when a loved one dies. On factory farms, these ducks and geese never have the opportunity to experience natural behaviors.



A FEW OF OUR RESIDENTS



DID YOU KNOW


- Ducks have regional accents! Scientists have found that city-dwelling ducks have more of a “shouting” quack so that other birds can hear them above the hustle and bustle, while country ducks have softer voices.

- Geese often refuse to leave the side of a sick or injured mate or chick, even if winter is approaching and the other geese in the group are migrating south. 

- Some duck species migrate hundreds of miles each year and can fly in formation at speeds up to 60mph!

- Geese mourn their mates when they die, and some spend the rest of their lives as widows or widowers, refusing to mate again.


CARING FOR DUCKS & GEESE


Ducks and geese can make wonderful additions to your family, but they are not “housepets”; you can’t potty-train a duck (though you can buy a duck diaper so that they can visit you indoors), so you’ll need plenty of outdoor space that they can call home. These birds are smart, playful, curious, full of personality, and will be sure to keep you entertained!






FOR KIDS


Find fun animal-themed activities, as well as educational and compassionate lesson plans for kids and teachers on our kids page!