Cupcake is a Pekin duck that came to us as a stray. We are unsure of its sex (though we are leaning towards it being a female) but it gets along fine with other ducks of varying breeds in addition to other barn yard fowl. Ducks are happiest when they have free access to clean, safe water in which to swim. Please check with your local ordinances on keeping waterfowl on your property.
As precocial birds, Pekin ducks make ideal companion animals for a variety of reasons. As a duck imprints on a human, the bond of trust that develops rivals that of humans and dogs, for example, and can provide enduring companionship if they are not surrounded by other ducks. Pekin ducks are very intelligent, and are capable of lifelong strong and loyal bonds with humans, and often then prefer human company over the company of other ducks.
Ducks can be both outdoor and indoor companion animals, and there are many products available to help keep them comfortable and one''s home clean. They are successful indoor pets because they are adaptable to house life; it is important to provide them with toys and social stimulation. When taken on supervised trips outdoors, if properly imprinted, the duck will stay with the human `flock` member(s) and not wander away. If a predator or danger approaches, the duck will seek safety from, and remain with, their human flock rather than flee and become lost or separated. Like geese, they are excellent guard animals, and will provide warning of approaching strangers or other dangers.
Cupcake is up for adoption at the ARL Dedham, where the hours of operation are Tuesday through Sunday from 1pm to 6:30pm. Please call or email if you have any questions. 781-326-0729 or firstname.lastname@example.org