Is it typical for Runners to quack incessantly?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by JadeComputerGal, Oct 15, 2014.

  1. JadeComputerGal

    JadeComputerGal Songster

    Apr 19, 2014
    West Chester, PA, USA
    I have fallen in love with these after going to poultry shows last weekend and want to see if I can get the hubby to buy into the idea of getting a few, maybe next spring/summer. It might not be easy since he says they "creep (him) out," but the bigger problem might be the quacking.

    Runners were judged in rings on Sunday, three in the ring at a time. I don't know for sure how many were entered, but I'm thinking 20-25. After the first three rings, I asked one of the helpers if all of them quack that much, and he gave a vague some do and some don't. There must not have been any of the ones that don't entered in that show. Every single one of them just went in circles or back and forth in the ring, quacking the entire time. Not one of them ever stopped, even for a few seconds.

    Thanks to anyone who can tell me if this is expected behavior. I was wondering if they might have done this because of being in an unfamiliar environment, but show ducks are typically conditioned to behave at least somewhat in character when they're at the shows. My hubby would never buy into having ducks that never shut up, and I think it would probably grate on even my nerves after a while.
  2. Mrs.H

    Mrs.H Songster

    Mar 22, 2010
    I don't know about Runners, but ducks can be loud etc more when around new things. However my ducks are always talking pretty much. I wouldn't consider them quiet animals, just like other farm animals, they can be quiet, talkative or just loud just depends on mood.
    Last edited: Oct 15, 2014


    Jun 10, 2013
    Northern Wisconsin
    I have 7 runners and they do like to talk. No more then any of my other breeds. All of my ducks talk all day long.
  4. TLWR

    TLWR Songster

    Jul 10, 2010
    southern AL
    My runners are chatty for the first year and then quiet down.
    Now they just get chatty when they have a story to tell.

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