can you "walk" a duck

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by 688peterl, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. 688peterl

    688peterl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 2, 2009
    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?
  2. DuckLady

    DuckLady ~~~Administrator~~~BYC Store Support Staff Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    NE Washington State
    I have seen people with a halter harness on a duck taking it for a walk. Pretty cute!
  3. LoreenH

    LoreenH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2009
    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.
  4. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    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.
  5. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    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...

    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.
  6. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008
    Yep [​IMG] 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?
  7. kingpincray

    kingpincray Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    Palmerston North
    lol [​IMG]...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" [​IMG] this has given me an idea.

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

    very cool and wish me luck.
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2009
  8. rainplace

    rainplace Interstellar Duck Academy

    Nettie, where did you get your runners from?
  9. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

    Oct 2, 2008
    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.​
  10. nettie

    nettie Enslaved by Indoor Ducks

    Nov 20, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    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).

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