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I thought runners were supposed to be cowards. . .

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by cici_p, May 16, 2009.

  1. cici_p

    cici_p Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have always loved runner ducks, but was afraid to get them because I was worried that they would run from my dogs and trigger their predator instinct. . .
    Fast forward to the one little runner duck I kept from the batch of eggs I hatched. I kept him along with a crested white.
    I also have a goose and pekin duck that are about a week and a half older, but about 10 times his size, due to their rate of growth.
    When I put the two pairs together earlier this week, the little runner immediately ran over to the goose and pekin, and started stretching his neck up above theirs to dominate them!! They pecked at him , but, he eventually stood them down. [​IMG]
    Today I let the small ducks out with the dogs for the first time. Our little toy mix immediately ran over to sniff butts. The runner duck did the same thing to him--ran up to him, and stood him down! [​IMG]
    Ok, I am going to have to get some pictures next time so everyone can see the size difference. This is one brave runner duck.
     
  2. princessmama

    princessmama Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Too cute! [​IMG]
     
  3. mtcougar832

    mtcougar832 Out Of The Brooder

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    I only have runners, but mine are brave or dumb - today one stuck his head INTO the dog kennel through the chainlink! Lucky it was the Brittany's pen (she was distracted) and NOT the GSD's!
     
    Last edited: May 16, 2009
  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    You got a spunky one on your hands! LOL

    My runner is a big chicken [​IMG]

    My buff/khaki mix is bold as all get out and she is the smallest of the "big" ducks.
     
  5. WriterofWords

    WriterofWords Has Fainting Chickens

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    Hah! Anyone who says Runner's are cowards have never met my Hershey duck. She's a Chocolate Runner hen who will attack any dog or cat who enters her area. Except for Pudster the yard cat, she allows him.
     

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