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Ducks and geese as pets

Geese grasing © Kevin Elliker/RSPCA Farm Animals Department

Always contact a vet if you are concerned about the health and welfare of your pet ducks or geese.


Before getting any ducks or geese it’s important you consider if you have the time, resources, commitment, knowledge and facilities to care for them.


Under the Animal Welfare Act (2006) anyone responsible for a pet has a legal responsibility to meet the five basic welfare needs of pets. These are:

  • a proper diet
  • somewhere suitable to live
  • any need to be housed with or apart from other animals
  • being allowed to express normal behaviour
  • protection from and treatment of, illness and injury.


Anyone keeping 50 or more birds is required by Defra to register with the Great Britain Poultry Register, in order to help the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency get in touch in the event of any disease outbreaks. We highly recommend that anyone with any number of birds, even one or two, registers in order to receive any disease alerts and guidance.


Take a look at the following pages for some more important considerations for anyone considering or already keeping pet ducks or geese.


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