Duck Breed Focus - Indian Runner

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by sumi, Oct 3, 2015.

  1. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    It's part of a complex communication - some sideways head-bobbing seems positive, but some of it is a "back off" gesture. I haven't figured out what's different, but I can see from other ducks' reactions that there is some nuance about it.
     
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "I Believe" Premium Member

    You have drakes right? She maybe confused. [​IMG]
     
  3. AimToMisbehave

    AimToMisbehave Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm assuming it's a "back off" since she only does it to him, and only when he's being a pest, hahaha! She is a feisty one, that's for sure. Queen of the Coop!
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia "I Believe" Premium Member

    I have to watch some of my ducks[girls] because if one of my dogs walk by too close they will nip the dog in the behind.
     
  5. sweety birds

    sweety birds Out Of The Brooder

    hi love seeing all these runner pics. I don't have ducks but recently I have been approached by someone local to ask if I would take on their runners 2 drakes and 4 ducks. I have not decided yet as I don't have much knowledge of them. would this mix of male/female ratio work? can they all be kept together in the same area or should they be separated into "batches"? I haven't seen them yet as I didn't want to go and see them and fall in love. but i'm told some are blac and some are "mallard" I presume this means green head. have thought about getting ducks at some point but not sure if now is the best. would ducks come home at night like hens do? and would they be able to share a night home with turkey's chickens and poss a keet if they had free range during the day? loads of questions I know. sorry to disturb the tread. if this is not the place can someone point me in the right direction.
     
  6. Crazyfarmer66

    Crazyfarmer66 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have 3 runner ducks 2 males 1 female all 1 year old best pets ever had, but i have a question do ducks ever stop laying eggs like chickens do?
     
  7. Crazyfarmer66

    Crazyfarmer66 Out Of The Brooder

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    oh one more question will runner ducks hatch thier eggs
     
  8. jheasley

    jheasley Out Of The Brooder

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    my hens go broody sit on their eggs well, I was told they lay eggs deeper into the season than chickens
     
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  9. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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  10. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    @sweety birds - if it were me, I would set things up so that I could separate if need be. Drakes are not safe for chickens if they decide to try to mate, their "equipment" is different than a rooster and could - I am told - end up killing the chicken. So the ducks would need their own shelter. Or at least the drakes would need their own shelter. Ducks might or might not come in on their own - I have seen both stories on the forum.
     
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