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Do Blue Swedish Ducks Fly?

As the number of people keeping backyard ducks as pets continues to increase, we are seeing more and more people reaching out to ask various questions about various species of duck and if they are suitable for pet ducks.

We have noticed a number of people reaching out to ask if blue swedish ducks fly or not recently due to the surge in popularity of the species so we have decided to publish this article to try and help as many of our readers as possible.

Although blue swedish ducks can fly, it is very rare that they will choose to fly with the majority of swedish ducks seeming to prefer just staying in one area provided their needs are met and they feel safe.

Swedish ducks were originally bred to decorative and ornamental ducks that still had high meat and egg yields resulting in a larger body with regular sized wings potentially making it harder for the species to fly much.

If you are looking for a backyard duck to keep as a pet, to use to keep pests under control in your vegetable patch, or to produce eggs then swedish ducks can be an excellent option due to them rarely flying off.

Just keep in mind that the price tags for swedish ducks is artificially inflated right now due to the demand being higher than usual because of the spike in interest in the species.

We expect their prices to fall back to normal over the coming months making them an excellent purchase as a pet duck.

Do Blue Swedish Ducks Fly?

Swedish ducks are able to fly but they usually choose not to provide that they have plenty of food available to them and feel safe in their current area.

Unlike some other species of duck that may have to have feathers removed from their wings to prevent them from flying, swedish ducks simply choose not to fly off making them a great duck species to keep as pets.

This coupled with their unique “blue” look is one of the reasons that they are seeing such a surge in popularity right now.

This is to be expected following the surge in popularity of keeping backyard chickens a couple of years back with many people often moving onto ducks after trying chickens.

This is commonly due to the fact that duck eggs have a richer taste and that they are usually considered better pest control options than chickens as they tend not to dig the roots of your plants up when foraging.

When you factor in that the swedish blue duck was specifically bred to offer high meat and egg yields in addition to their beautiful natural colorations and their lack of flying makes the species the perfect option for a wide range of people.

Now, you have to factor in that if you have a pet dog or cat that makes the ducks feel threatened then the chances of them flying away does increase so keep that in mind prior to purchasing your swedish blue ducks.

Why Do Blue Swedish Ducks Choose Not To Fly Much?

Swedish blue ducks have been bred to be decorative and ornamental ducks that have a unique look while also being able to produce high meat and egg yields so the species does tend to have a larger, heavier body.

Although swedish blue ducks can fly, one common theory as to why they rarely choose to fly is due to their body being heavy relative to their wing size resulting in the duck having to use large amounts of energy to fly.

Knock on effects on having a larger and heavier body relative to their wing span also makes it more difficult for them to fly in wind and over the years, this could have tweaked the instinct of the species to only fly if they lack food or feel threatened.

Some people also speculate that swedish blue ducks are just naturally lazy and the fact that they tend to enjoy sitting around for large parts of the day where some other duck species may be foraging can back this theory up too.

Although it may seem strange that a species of bird will choose not to fly, there are a number of natural duck species that were not artificially bred by humans that rarely fly too.

Some duck species will prefer to swim off onto water if they feel threatened and stay in one area year-round provided their needs are met and there are no large temperature changes.

Do Blue Swedish Ducks Make For Good Backyard Ducks?

Swedish blue ducks make for excellent backyard ducks that are suitable for a range of needs ranging from just being a pet to being a source of eggs to being excellent at pest control in your vegetable patch.

With so many people wanting to go organic and grow their own vegetables then ducks can increase your vegetable yields by eating many of the pests that will eat your vegetables for you.

As we covered above, the fact that it is rare that blue swedish ducks will fly off just scores the species more points for most people making them a very popular option right now.

With the species being so versatile, we only expect their popularity to increase too as it looks like growing your own organic food is only going to keep on increasing over the coming years suggesting swedish blue ducks have a bright future ahead.

With the increase in vegetarianism and veganism, blue swedish ducks can be kept simply for pest control in your vegetable patch rather than for eggs or meat.

This is a popular strategy as swedish ducks act more like pets than wild birds and they really do love to get out and forage for slugs, snails, and other creepy crawlies that may try to eat your veggies.


That brings our article going over if blue swedish ducks fly to an end and we hope that we have been able to answer any questions that you may have had. As we have mentioned above, provided your blue swedish ducks have plenty of food and don’t feel threatened, it is unlikely that they will fly off. In some situations, there can be other problems such as temperatures (usually at night) that may cause the ducks to fly off but they are generally an easy duck species to keep.