How do duck shows work?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Crayonsmom, May 29, 2011.

  1. Crayonsmom

    Crayonsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry if I sound like a newbie. As far as the showing world goes, I am. [​IMG]

    I've been thinking of buying some Indian Runner hatching eggs and breeding for color. I'm particularly interested in blues, lavenders, silver, etc. I was also thinking it would be fun to show them. But I want to know if it's ok that I breed for "fun" colors (and conformation).

    I have no idea how showing Runner ducks works, so I'd be very grateful if somebody can explain each and every detail for me. [​IMG]

    Thanks!
     
  2. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Unlike other ducks Runners are judged in a group on the ground. A ring is set up & the ducks, by class & colour, are placed in the ring with the judge. [The judge goes in on his/her own, not placed there]
    The ducks are then "run" in order to best display their type. There is, of course, a standard they are judged against. For each colour there are 4 classes: old male, old female, young male & young female. The best of each colour [variety] then all go back in the ring together & are judge against the standard & each other to select Best & Reserve of Breed.
    You can, of course, breed for "fun colours or any other way you choose; they're your ducks. However, non-standard varieties can only go as far as Best of Variety. They can not be considered for Best of Breed.
     
  3. Crayonsmom

    Crayonsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks! So, Is lavender considered a standard or non standard variety? If not, I could still show a duck of that color and possibly get best of variety, but not move on to try for best of the breed?
     
  4. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Lavender is not a standard colour in Runner Ducks. BOV would be the highest possible placing.
     
  5. Crayonsmom

    Crayonsmom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks again. [​IMG] I'm going to buy some hatching eggs soon and am not sure what kind of runners to buy. lol.
     
  6. Chris09

    Chris09 Circle (M) Ranch

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    Crayonsmom,
    Are you sure that you have a Self Blue "Lavender" Runner?
    The reason I asked is because I haven't seen or herd of a Self Blue "Lavender" Runner.

    Chris
     
  7. StevenW.

    StevenW. Lovin' My Quackers!

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    The only Lavendar color on ducks I have seen is on a Muscovy... Never ever seen or heard of a Lavendar Runner duck before.
     

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