Got some runners!

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Beccazon, May 23, 2019.

  1. Beccazon

    Beccazon Songster

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    Not a lot of options in our area for ducklings unless we order. Newer to raising a flock (chicks and ducks) so just shopping local retail. Finally Family Farm and Home (way better than TSC) had Indian Runner ducklings! The hubby said ok even though our others are all feathered and moved to the coop and the brooder was taken down. He chose the fawn and white. I am excited since everyone who has runners love them to pieces. That brings our total flock to 12 chickens and 9 ducks lol. And almost finished with the duck section of the coop so they can be separated into their own attached area.
     
  2. Runner duck mom

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    That's awesome! Runners are super cute and hilarious :) I hope you enjoy yours as much as we enjoy ours.
     
  3. Callender Girl

    Callender Girl Crowing

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    I am so happy for you! Runners are, indeed, wonderful ducks, and I'd be surprised if you don't grow to love them to pieces, too. Congrats!

    On the other hand, if a lovely lawn is your goal and you free-range your runners, be prepared to rethink what's important to you. Mine like to dig deep holes after every rain or spilled tub of water. But, they're worth it!
     
  4. Beccazon

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    Now that we have so many, we are likely to fence the back yard to free-range. But already, our others dig like they are well-drillers! Yes EVERY rain and EVERY wet spot gets holes! Lmao I am constantly refilling holes to avoid injuries. Theirs AND ours lol
     
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  5. Beccazon

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    If I end up with any drakes here, will ducks interbreed? Or do they stick to their own generally?
     
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  6. quackiemama

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    Enjoy your runners, they are a hoot! I love their personalities
     
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  7. DuckyDonna

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    the drakes may rape your chickens which is a major party foul! It can seriously injure or kill the chickens. Also, on another note, I bet you've got lots of flying predators in your area? If so, free-ranging might not work out so well unless you put a net over your run!
     
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  8. Texag87

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    Runners :wee
     
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  9. Beccazon

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    Yup I already have the pen separated
     
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  10. Beccazon

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    And a net
     
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