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A very common type of farm bird, also appearing in the wild, the duck is raised for its delicious meat. It grows quick but lays eggs quite rarely.

Base Stats

Market Value
60 Silver

Pawn Stats

Combat Power
Move Speed
2.1 c/s
Health Scale
Body Size
Mass - Baby
1.8 kg
Mass - Juvenile
9 kg
Mass - Adult
18 kg
Carrying Capacity
23 kg
Filth Rate
Hunger Rate
0.28 Nutrition/Day
Life Expectancy
6 years
Manhunter Chance
Manhunter Chance (Taming)
Trainable Intelligence
Roam Interval
7 days
Mate Interval
8 hours
Maturity Age
0.2 years (12 days)
Juvenile Age
0.12 years (7.2 days)
Comfortable Temp Range
-10 °C – 40 °C (14 °F – 104 °F)


Meat Yield
42 duck meat
Eggs Per Clutch
1 to 1
Egg Laying Interval
1 days
Can Lay Unfertilized Eggs

Melee Combat

Attack 1
3 dmg (Scratch)
4 % AP
1.5 second cooldown
Attack 2
4 dmg (Bite)
6 % AP
2 second cooldown
Attack 3
2 dmg (Blunt)
3 % AP
1.5 second cooldown
0.2 chance factor
Average DPS
AnimalFarm, AnimalCommon

A small, domesticated waterfowl, Ducks, called ducklings as babies, are not found in the wild, and can only be purchased from traders or received in self-taming events. Like chickens, ducks mature quickly and lay eggs often, making them both good meal birds and sources of eggs. Males of the species can be distinguished by their green heads and two-tone body while females have a solid colour head and body with darker wings.


Ducks are pen animals. Once tamed, pen animals cannot and do not need to be trained any further. But if left outside of a pen or caravan hitching spot, pen animals will eventually roam outside your colony. Making a caravan is not required to tie animals to a caravan hitching spot.

A female duck produces 1 egg every 1 day. Ducks can lay both unfertilized and fertilized eggs, depending on if it has mated with a male.


Ducks are the second best animal for egg production, and one of the best overall animals for meat production. Ducks reproduce rapidly.

Ducks are nearly identical to chickens, providing the same yields in both meat and eggs. However, ducks consume 20% more nutrition, meaning that chickens are better livestock. If chickens are not available but ducks are, then ducks can be a suitable replacement.


An adult duck consumes 0.28 nutrition per day, and produces 0.25 nutrition of eggs each day. This results in a nutrition efficiency of 89.3% when unfertilized eggs are eaten. Overeating, and the existence of males, will lower nutrition efficiency in practice.

Note that slaughtering ducklings gives more nutrition than eating unhatched eggs (0.6 from meat rather than 0.25 from 1 egg). However, a handler has to actually slaughter each duck, and a butcher's yields are multiplied by Butchery Efficiency. So if you don't have a skilled cook, eggs may be better for nutrition. Also, eggs are vegetarian.


When slaughtered, a duck yields 12 meat as a duckling; 26 as a juvenile; or 42 as an adult. No leather is yielded.

When ducklings are slaughtered, an always-fertilized female duck produces 0.6 nutrition per day, resulting in a nutrition efficiency of 214.3% when not considering males, or 142.9% when accounting for the 2:1 female:male ratio needed to achieve a good fertilization rate.

As a duck grows into adulthood, it will consume 1.81 nutrition in total, and will yield 1.5 more nutrition when slaughtered than it would as a baby. Therefore, it is better to slaughter ducks as soon as they hatch from an egg.

When slaughtered as ducklings, ducks are better than almost all animals in terms of theoretical meat : food consumption ratio, below chickens and tortoises. This efficiency is lower than it seems, as ducks are prone to overeating. Due to the amount of slaughtering required with ducks, players may prefer to ranch horses or ibex instead.


A duck consumes 0.28 nutrition per day, or roughly 6 hay.

The following is a list of how many tiles of haygrass it takes to sustain a mature duck.

  • Gravel: 5.25
  • Soil: 4.31
  • Rich Soil: 3.47


This animal can be trained as follows:

Guard:  Ex.png
Attack:  Ex.png
Rescue:  Ex.png
Haul:  Ex.png

*As of version 1.1.2610, all animals can be tamed. The percentage of likelihood of success depends on factors such as the Animals Wildness Percentage, Pawn Handling Skill, and others. More information can be found on the animals page.


Part Name Health Quantity Coverage[1] Target Chance[2] Subpart of Internal Capacity[3] Effect if Destroyed/Removed
Body 14 1 100% 19% N/A[4] Ex.png - Death
Tail 3.5 1 10% 10% Body Ex.png - -
Spine 8.75 1 5% 5% Body Check.png Moving
−100% Moving[5]
Stomach 7 1 4% 4% Body Check.png Digestion
−50% Digestion
Heart 5.25 1 3% 3% Body Check.png Blood Pumping
Lung 5.25 2 4% 4% Body Check.png Breathing
−50% Breathing. Death if both lost.
Kidney 5.25 2 3% 3% Body Check.png Blood Filtration −50% Blood Filtration. Death if both lost.
Liver 7 1 5% 5% Body Check.png Digestion
−50% Digestion
Neck 8.75 1 20% 5% Body Ex.png Eating
Head 8.75 1 75% 3.1% Neck Ex.png - Death
Skull 8.75 1 30% 1.8% Head Check.png - Cannot be destroyed.
Increasing Pain based on damage.
Brain 3.5 1 60% 2.7% Skull Check.png Consciousness
Damage always results in scarring.
Eye 3.5 2 12% 1.8% Head Ex.png Sight
−25% Sight. −100% if both lost.
Damage always results in scarring.
0% Hit Chance against Blunt damage.
Beak 7 1 25% 3.8% Head Ex.png Eating
−100% Manipulation
−90% Eating[6]
Leg 10.5 2 10% 5% Body Ex.png Moving
−50% Moving. −100% if both lost.
Foot 8.75 2 50% 5% Leg Ex.png Moving
−50% Moving. −100% if both lost.
  1. Coverage determines the chance to hit this body part. It refers to the percentage of the super-part that this part covers, before its own sub-parts claim their own percentage. For example, if the base coverage of the super-part is 100%, and the coverage of the part is 20%, 20% of hits would hit the part, and 80% the super-part. If the part had its own sub-part with 50% coverage, the chances would be 10% sub-part, 10% part, 80% super part.
  2. Target Chance is the actual chance for each part to be be selected as the target when each part's coverage has been taken into account(I.E. Neck covers 7.5% of Torso but Head covers 80% of Neck so it actually has only a 1.5% chance to be selected). This is not pure hit chance, as different damage types propagate damage in different ways. See that page for details.
  3. Note that capacities can affect other capacities in turn. Only the primary effect is listed. See specific pages for details.
  4. This is the part that everything else connects to to be considered 'connected'.
  5. If Moving drops below 16% a pawn cannot move.
  6. Note that eating won't go below 10%.


Version history[edit]

  • 1.1.0 - Added as part of the integration of the Vanilla Animals Expanded - Livestock mod into the base game.
  • 1.3.3066 - Adjusted to be more similar to chicken as a part of a large livestock rebalance