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They're getting so big! Disco and Aurora are getting more black spots and I'm seeing more and more of
what look like teeny tiny feathers. They're so soft!

They haven't been up to much lately since mom (me) has been very busy and the weather hasn't been
nearly as nice as it was last week but as soon as it breaks we're definitely going for more adventures
outside! This week we will be taking a trip to grandma's to help work on their outdoor pen.

Other then that they are learning to come to me on command! They're pretty good at it too. I'd say
they have it down packed, but there's always one or two that seem to linger at the back.

Sorry for not having pictures or a video this time but I just didn't have the time.

I own eight Indian Runner Ducklings!

Walker's Indian Runner Tribe

 

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I own eight Indian Runner Ducklings!

Walker's Indian Runner Tribe

 

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post #72 of 78
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8B5PCXi.png

They're getting so big! Disco and Aurora are getting more black spots and I'm seeing more and more of
what look like teeny tiny feathers. They're so soft!

They haven't been up to much lately since mom (me) has been very busy and the weather hasn't been
nearly as nice as it was last week but as soon as it breaks we're definitely going for more adventures
outside! This week we will be taking a trip to grandma's to help work on their outdoor pen.

Other then that they are learning to come to me on command! They're pretty good at it too. I'd say
they have it down packed, but there's always one or two that seem to linger at the back.

Sorry for not having pictures or a video this time but I just didn't have the time.

Happy Birthday @WalkerNom    8!!!. 

 Western N.C ~ 19 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 6 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

~We are Precious in His Sight.~

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 Western N.C ~ 19 chickens= EE's, Game, variety of bantams,1Light Brahma, 2 Black Australorps . 5 Muscovy ducks, 6 Indian Runners and 2 Buff Orpington Ducks, 1 Embden gander,1 Toulouse goose , 3 mini Dachshunds, 2 mixed breed, pond goldfish,  and a wonderful Husband who makes it all possible..

 

~We are Precious in His Sight.~

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post #73 of 78
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8B5PCXi.png

They're getting so big! Disco and Aurora are getting more black spots and I'm seeing more and more of
what look like teeny tiny feathers. They're so soft!

They haven't been up to much lately since mom (me) has been very busy and the weather hasn't been
nearly as nice as it was last week but as soon as it breaks we're definitely going for more adventures
outside! This week we will be taking a trip to grandma's to help work on their outdoor pen.

Other then that they are learning to come to me on command! They're pretty good at it too. I'd say
they have it down packed, but there's always one or two that seem to linger at the back.

Sorry for not having pictures or a video this time but I just didn't have the time.

 

Happy bday duckies! So cute that they come on command. Ellie and Luna do that too (Unless they are distracted by something (Shoelaces, grass, etc)). Luna is the one who is the most food motivated, and Ellie follows her, so it all works out. Love their little feet on the tile floor! Lol ducks are such heavy steppers. 

 

We need a video next week! :rant Lol just kidding... We all completely understand! Your ducks are very cute though. Just curious: Do they seem to have a 'leader?' or a pecking order? 

 

Never experienced a pecking order with my ducks, although there is always one more dominant one (I've only ever had two ducks at a time). Curious about your experiences with a larger flock :) ;)

Our first ducks were Aye (I-A) and Orrun (O-roo), two Cayuga females. They were and are very dear to our hearts, and very tame. They tapped on the door for treats, and would follow us around the yard. They loved grapes, Cheerios, kiddie pools, muddy bills, each other, and us. We loved them back.

They were killed in June of 2016. We will miss and love them always. http://www.backyardchickens.co...

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Our first ducks were Aye (I-A) and Orrun (O-roo), two Cayuga females. They were and are very dear to our hearts, and very tame. They tapped on the door for treats, and would follow us around the yard. They loved grapes, Cheerios, kiddie pools, muddy bills, each other, and us. We loved them back.

They were killed in June of 2016. We will miss and love them always. http://www.backyardchickens.co...

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post #74 of 78
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@QuackSpeak - Interesting question! I'm not sure I know enough about duck body language yet to really know for sure. But Daisy Mae is really forward and she's the super friendly one. However, it just seems like Aurora is the big boss. Which is interesting because I've heard that the leader is usually the loudest one but Disco was the first to go from baby chirps to pre-teen lady quacks. It's much easier to tell who's at the bottom of the pecking order. I'd say that Kisses is at the very bottom. She doesn't get bullied(at least that I can tell) but she is very shy and she hangs back when there's a group in front of her. Then there's Hocus and Pocus above her.

I'm interested to see how their pecking order will change as Hershey (the drake) gets older. He's already pretty out going and usually comes up to me with the fawn/white girls.

I own eight Indian Runner Ducklings!

Walker's Indian Runner Tribe

 

If you want to reach me quickly, send a PM or use @WalkerNom!

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I own eight Indian Runner Ducklings!

Walker's Indian Runner Tribe

 

If you want to reach me quickly, send a PM or use @WalkerNom!

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@QuackSpeak - Interesting question! I'm not sure I know enough about duck body language yet to really know for sure. But Daisy Mae is really forward and she's the super friendly one. However, it just seems like Aurora is the big boss. Which is interesting because I've heard that the leader is usually the loudest one but Disco was the first to go from baby chirps to pre-teen lady quacks. It's much easier to tell who's at the bottom of the pecking order. I'd say that Kisses is at the very bottom. She doesn't get bullied(at least that I can tell) but she is very shy and she hangs back when there's a group in front of her. Then there's Hocus and Pocus above her.

I'm interested to see how their pecking order will change as Hershey (the drake) gets older. He's already pretty out going and usually comes up to me with the fawn/white girls.

 

The advantages of having a big flock ;)  

It's so cool to watch their behavior (Or listen to you talk about watching their behavior (Lol)). And I love that ducks don't hurt each other about pecking order disputes, normally. I've heard chickens can do a lot of damage. 

Ellie used to be the more dominant one (As in Luna would follow her and try things after she did, etc), but then she hurt her leg and was sort of out of it for a while. When she started walking again, Luna seemed to be in charge :hu She still is, lol! She's the first one to come running for food when I call them, and Ellie follows her around a lot. Ellie is also a bit  shyer, but not by much. 

 

Gotta love ducks! 

Our first ducks were Aye (I-A) and Orrun (O-roo), two Cayuga females. They were and are very dear to our hearts, and very tame. They tapped on the door for treats, and would follow us around the yard. They loved grapes, Cheerios, kiddie pools, muddy bills, each other, and us. We loved them back.

They were killed in June of 2016. We will miss and love them always. http://www.backyardchickens.co...

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Our first ducks were Aye (I-A) and Orrun (O-roo), two Cayuga females. They were and are very dear to our hearts, and very tame. They tapped on the door for treats, and would follow us around the yard. They loved grapes, Cheerios, kiddie pools, muddy bills, each other, and us. We loved them back.

They were killed in June of 2016. We will miss and love them always. http://www.backyardchickens.co...

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post #76 of 78
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@QuackSpeak - Oh I agree! My favorite thing to do is really watch animals and watch their body language and the other ways they communicate. I once watched a group of Turkey vultures (and three black vultures) from my bedroom window eat a goat leg that one of my neighbors threw into the woods. I know, not the most-loved animals but I still find them fascinating and was actually really happy that they were right outside my bedroom window and I didn't have to disturb them to watch. But I never knew that they also have a pecking order. They seemed to take turns eating from the leg so that everyone got their food. Really cool.

I've noticed when two ducklings get too close to each other while laying down one will quickly get up and let out a really loud peep as if to say, "Hey buddy, I was sitting there!" Before sitting back down again lol. It never amounts to anything though.

That's cute that you still have a "boss duck" in your pair smile.png And funny how Luna kinda took charge while Ellie was hurt.

I own eight Indian Runner Ducklings!

Walker's Indian Runner Tribe

 

If you want to reach me quickly, send a PM or use @WalkerNom!

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I own eight Indian Runner Ducklings!

Walker's Indian Runner Tribe

 

If you want to reach me quickly, send a PM or use @WalkerNom!

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post #77 of 78
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@QuackSpeak - Oh I agree! My favorite thing to do is really watch animals and watch their body language and the other ways they communicate. I once watched a group of Turkey vultures (and three black vultures) from my bedroom window eat a goat leg that one of my neighbors threw into the woods. I know, not the most-loved animals but I still find them fascinating and was actually really happy that they were right outside my bedroom window and I didn't have to disturb them to watch. But I never knew that they also have a pecking order. They seemed to take turns eating from the leg so that everyone got their food. Really cool.

I've noticed when two ducklings get too close to each other while laying down one will quickly get up and let out a really loud peep as if to say, "Hey buddy, I was sitting there!" Before sitting back down again lol. It never amounts to anything though.

That's cute that you still have a "boss duck" in your pair smile.png And funny how Luna kinda took charge while Ellie was hurt.

 

Lol those turkey vultures sound cool. I had a pair at my house a while ago; saw one this weekend. It scared me bc I was out with the ducklings. I know vultures are scavengers but I'm soo paranoid. Will it try to attack the ducklings, or ducks when they grow up?

 

Luna and Ellie are always snuggled so close together. Not all the time, but neither of them really cares about personal space ;) They only eek at each other if they start nosing at each other's feathers 

Our first ducks were Aye (I-A) and Orrun (O-roo), two Cayuga females. They were and are very dear to our hearts, and very tame. They tapped on the door for treats, and would follow us around the yard. They loved grapes, Cheerios, kiddie pools, muddy bills, each other, and us. We loved them back.

They were killed in June of 2016. We will miss and love them always. http://www.backyardchickens.co...

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Our first ducks were Aye (I-A) and Orrun (O-roo), two Cayuga females. They were and are very dear to our hearts, and very tame. They tapped on the door for treats, and would follow us around the yard. They loved grapes, Cheerios, kiddie pools, muddy bills, each other, and us. We loved them back.

They were killed in June of 2016. We will miss and love them always. http://www.backyardchickens.co...

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post #78 of 78
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@QuackSpeak - Like you said, vultures are scavengers so I don't think they'd mess with your ducks. They seem pretty skittish actually and I've never seen one hunt BUT I'm not an expert on vultures so don't take my word for it.

Last time I was out with the ducks I saw a hawk flying over. I watched it as it started circling above us. Luckily it didn't get any closer since me and my dog were out there with them but it was still pretty scary. Needless to say, that outdoor trip was cut short!

I own eight Indian Runner Ducklings!

Walker's Indian Runner Tribe

 

If you want to reach me quickly, send a PM or use @WalkerNom!

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I own eight Indian Runner Ducklings!

Walker's Indian Runner Tribe

 

If you want to reach me quickly, send a PM or use @WalkerNom!

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