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can you "walk" a duck

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this might sound a bit crazy but i was wondering if you can walk ducks like on a lead or something, because im hatching runners which needs lots of exercise and my garden is split into 2 sections, im planning to keep the ducks on one section which is about 80 foot square and the duck run will take up half of that so they will only have about 40 foot of "running space" even though they will be aloud in the house and the other part of the garden, so can you walk a duck?

post #2 of 11

I have seen people with a halter harness on a duck taking it for a walk. Pretty cute!

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I asked about that on another site I belong to; I won't have house ducks (my DH says if I want ducks in the house, the cats have to go....I keep telling him the only way a duck is going to be in the house would be if it were sick or hurt).  Several people do have bird harnesses for their house ducks.  I know Drs Foster & Smith carry them; I'm sure they can be found elsewhere.

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post #4 of 11

Most likely you can since they like to follow their "mommy."  You may also want to look into buying a few diapers for it so it can follow you around the house while it's growing.  There are several people on BYC that make them.

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post #5 of 11

i make diapers, i have house ducks...  and yes we go for walks...  we live in downtown chicago, so walks are the only way we go outside now.

I have an old pic from when they were still growing when we used to go to a park in alabama before we moved...
http://i26.photobucket.com/albums/c103/Confettinettie/S7304774-1.jpg

they wore leashes connected to their diapers.  i added a loop to there diapers so i could use a regular 5ft dog leash with them.  if they have access to outside though, (if they live outside) they won't need walks, but might appreciate a change of scenery.

I'm Nettie, the inventor of the Poultry Shoe for Ducks, Chickens, Geese, and other fowl!  I also make all sorts of pet poultry supplies including: Open Tail and Closed Tail Diaper Harnesses, Walking Harnesses, Leashes, Cloth Washable Diaper Pads, even costumes. 

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I'm Nettie, the inventor of the Poultry Shoe for Ducks, Chickens, Geese, and other fowl!  I also make all sorts of pet poultry supplies including: Open Tail and Closed Tail Diaper Harnesses, Walking Harnesses, Leashes, Cloth Washable Diaper Pads, even costumes. 

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post #6 of 11

Yep smile We use cat harnesses and just atttatch a lead to it.

Nettie : I LOVE your harnesses though, they seem alot more comfythat a cat harness. Do you happen to sell them?

Mom and Slave to  2 Miniature schnauzers, One american bulldog, one super smart rabbit, Three geese, And 10 Muscovies.
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Mom and Slave to  2 Miniature schnauzers, One american bulldog, one super smart rabbit, Three geese, And 10 Muscovies.
Animals cant be just a Hobby. They're a Passion.
" 1, 2, 3, 4 - MARINE CORPS!" Ok, I know five comes after four. At least it did before I was a Marine LOL
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post #7 of 11

lol thumbsup...not at all crazy. I am expecting half a dozen of indian runner duck eggs to arrive today and hoping I can hatch out some and maybe take them for "runs" big_smile this has given me an idea.

Are runners noisy? This will be my first time hatching duck eggs.

very cool and wish me luck.


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post #8 of 11

Nettie, where did you get your runners from?

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post #9 of 11

Are runners noisy?


They can be, but mine is pretty quiet in general.

Netties ducks are from Metzer if I remember correctly. That is where my Welsh Harlequins came from.

7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
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7 quacking ducks, 5 spazzy quail, 3 lazy cats, 2 grown sons, 1 goofy husband... and no partridge, but I have a pear tree!
My micro-farm blog - www.bluefeatherfarm.blogspot.com
Duck pond and biofilter information- http://tinyurl.com/lfgeg9
The Double-Decker Brooder Thread- http://tinyurl.com/nf8zm5
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post #10 of 11

my runners came from metzer summer 08. 

I just bought the notions for making harnesses, and am anxiously awaiting their arrival.  Luckily I got tons of them from Hong kong for a good price, so I was thinking i might go ahead and sell some.  I have to make my duckies two new harnesses each, and making four is really no different from making 20, lol...  once i get a line going i can crank them out pretty quickly. 

I'll be willing to sell some to bycer's but not until after halloween, lol...  I'm making 6 halloween costumes for my sister, her bf, my bf, myself, and two friends!  And possibly two or three other small less intensive costumes.  We have a coostume party to attend and i'm the only sewer they know, so i get volenteered do make a bunch.

I have some great fabric stores around here that sell tons of different colors, and i'll compile a list of what i can get ahold of.  I guess price would depend on whether or not it goes on sale, lol. 

I make them differently then how i have them in the picture above.  Those were some of the first i made and i was still working out the kinks...  Now I sew a D ring to the back strap to attach the leash.  They tend to pull on the leash and if it's in the right spot they don't choke themselves pulling.  I also make harnesses that either have or don't have the diaper pouch on the butt.  Because we have poop scooping laws in the city, i make them with the diaper pouch (since duck poop isn't really scoopable, lol) But i also make them without so they can poop at will while walking (i use those when I take them out to the burbs to visit family and friends where poop in the backyard isn't a big deal...  if a cop sees your animal poop in the city and you don't "pick it up" you get ticketed, lol).

I'm Nettie, the inventor of the Poultry Shoe for Ducks, Chickens, Geese, and other fowl!  I also make all sorts of pet poultry supplies including: Open Tail and Closed Tail Diaper Harnesses, Walking Harnesses, Leashes, Cloth Washable Diaper Pads, even costumes. 

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I'm Nettie, the inventor of the Poultry Shoe for Ducks, Chickens, Geese, and other fowl!  I also make all sorts of pet poultry supplies including: Open Tail and Closed Tail Diaper Harnesses, Walking Harnesses, Leashes, Cloth Washable Diaper Pads, even costumes. 

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