The Duck Research Laboratory is located on Long Island at Eastport, New York. It is one of the programs associated with the Animal Health Diagnostic Center of the Department of Population Medicine and Diagnostic Sciences at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

This website is designed to provide answers to commonly asked questions about ducks. Numerous inquiries are received at the Duck Research Laboratory every year from pet duck owners, small flock owners, commercial duck producers, curators of zoological collections, veterinarians, feed manufacturers, duck consumers and others. These questions are often about Basic Duck Care, which includes topics such as Duck Health Care, Duck Nutrition, Duck Housing and Management and Hatching Duck Eggs. Questions from consumers are often about the Food Value of Duck. Data presented here answers many of these questions. Also, the importance and role of Domestic Ducks as a source of meat, eggs and down, and as a means of income for many people throughout the world is briefly discussed.

Additionally, this site relays the background and objetives of the Duck Research Laboratory and the International Duck Research Cooperative (IDRC). Assistance, services and duck biologics that are available to duck keepers through the laboratory are described. For those who would like to become a member of the IDRC, membership information is provided.

While the information posted on this site is not intended to be exhaustive, an effort is made to briefly cover topics of major importance and to refer viewers to more in-depth sources of information whenever possible (see Publications on Ducks and Links to Related Sites).

Source of some pictures:

Paul Speed
Grimsby, North East Lincolnshire, United Kingdom.

Jed Stan
Dallas, Texas, United States.

The Cornell University Duck Research Laboratory is a research, service and biologics production laboratory located on Long Island at Eastport, New York...

Recognizing the need for assistance in solving problems related to producing healthy ducks...


From ancient times domestic ducks have served as a source of food and income for people in many parts of the world.

Ducks are raised under a wide variety of conditions, ranging from a backyard coop for a few ducks to modern housing for large flocks on a commercial duck farm.

Keeping ducks healthy requires taking the necessary steps to prevent disease outbreaks from occurring in the first place, and in cases where ducks do become infected.

Regardless of how ducks obtain their food, whether it be by scavenging, or consuming a complete ration...

In areas where poultry raising is allowed and space is available, a small flock of ducks can be kept in the yard of a household at a low cost.

Much of the information available on incubating and hatching chicken eggs can be applied to ducks, as long as the important differences between these two species are taken into account.

Properly cooked duck is both uniquely tasty and nutritious.

Some of the most relevant publications on ducks.

Some additional information about ducks.