About Ducks

Many of the ducks who live on the Safe Haven pond flew there from a nearby gun club after being released from dark boxes to be shot at by humans with guns. Of course, after being held in dark boxes while being transported to the shooting range, the ducks are dazed and confused when they are released. They fly up into the air and many are killed for sport; a few of them make it to the safety of Safe Haven.

Other ducks come to Safe Haven from people who purchase young ducks around Easter for their children.  As the ducks grow, the purchasers find they can no longer care for the ducks and their children lose interest. These ducks are unable to fly and have no idea how to live in the wild since they were raised for a few weeks on a factory farm without their mothers to teach them how to live on their own.

Ducks are raised in crowded cages on factory farms for meat and killed in unbelievably cruel ways. Many are force fed through metal tubes jammed down their throats until their livers become huge with fat. The ducks are killed and their livers ground up to make fois gras, a so-called delicacy that humans choose to eat without concern for the animals from which it is made. Other wild type ducks, like mallards, are often raised on factory farms, unable to learn how to live in the wild, and then shipped to gun clubs where they are released to be shot by hunters hiding nearby in duck blinds.

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Muscovy Ducks

Muscovies are often referred to as the “quiet” or “quackless” duck. The males vocalize with a “hissing” sound while the females make a sound called a “pip” which is similar to the sound of a flute. Muscovies have a “crest” on the top of their heads that they use to express themselves. The males often raise their crest during mating season to fend off other males and show dominance. The crest is also raised to impress and attract the female. Muscovies use body language to communicate. They will wag their tails and raise and lowering their heads at one another.


Daffy is a Muscovy duck, a breed usually raised for food or for making fois gras.  Daffy was lucky to escape life on a factory farm but he was living with some chickens in a pen down the road from Safe Haven, and when we would drive by, we would often see a raccoon in the pen.  We worried about the chickens and Daffy and convinced the owner to relinquish the whole group to Safe Haven.  Daffy is now safe and happy and spends his days in the pasture or swimming in his private pond and his nights in a cozy house safe from predators. 


Lola came from a hoarding situation in Lagrange, NY. The homeowner had just a few days to remove his 40 birds otherwise was he was facing a fine. Neighbors reported the situation due to the unsanitary conditions and horrendous odor. Tragically, Lola’s daughter passed away due to metal she ingested which punctured an air sac. Lola is now living with Daffy and they are quite the happy couple.  They spend their days swimming in their pool and exploring the pasture together. 

Pekin Ducks

The Pekin is a large domestic duck used primarily for egg and meat production. They have pure white feathers with orange legs and bills and range in weight from 8-12 pounds.  Ducks are able to stay afloat in the water because of air sacs inside their bodies that increase their buoyancy! Their feathers are covered with a waterproof substance that keeps the ducks warm and dry.  Pekin Ducks are poor fliers due to their large, heavy bodies. Ducks do not have teeth, but they do have bumpy edges on their bills that help them to filter food out of the water.

The “Fantastic Four”

Scarlett, Savannah, Nicholas and Noah were from an egg hatching project at a school in Armonk, NY.  As often happens with hatched baby ducks and chicks, placement of the babies fell through and the school really had no idea what to do.  One of the teachers found us online and contacted us.  They really had no other possibilities so we took the babies at nearly 2 weeks of age.  They are now flourishing and enjoying life at Safe Haven.  They love exploring and go everywhere together!