Surprising results from Defra study

In these times of economic crises and cutbacks, it’s good to see that there is still room for essential research. After three years of research, costing £294,027, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) can now reveal:

Ducks like water, and rain in particular.

This will, of course, come as a great surprise to most people, but it is apparently true.

Defra sponsored research to:

ascertain the importance of bathing water to ducks by quantifying their motivation to gain access to water in which they can bathe

The report concludes that, after offering a number of different water supplies to ducks including a trough, a pond, shower and nipple drinker, the birds favoured standing under a shower. Ducks given showers spent more than twice as long standing under the water while resting than with water in a bath or elsewhere and drank a third more water in the showers.

And, wait for it. Further studies are planned to find out how often ducks use showers.

According to Defra:

The purpose of this research was to help determine the most appropriate method of providing water and maintaining hygiene in the duck rearing industry

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