PEKIN OR RUNNER DUCKS?

Scottyhorse

Chirping
7 Years
Oct 26, 2012
223
1
83
Eastern Wa
Well, I have heard Pekins are friendlier, but I have heard the same for Runners. With runners, you can have lower fences, but it's really up to you :D
 

Yolk

Chirping
7 Years
Apr 28, 2012
49
3
79
San Antonio, Texas
Just got an assortment of Runners 29 Oct. Growing fast. Funny ducks. Wanted to try the eggs. Look on youtube for them. Got some good vids of them.
 

JJchiknshak

Songster
11 Years
Mar 19, 2010
175
75
206
wellsburg, Wv.
If you want a duck that is like a pet, or at least very tame, do not go with runners. I have 4 and i love them, but runners are the most flighty duck breed around.
They are EXCELLENT layers, and are a blast to watch run around the yard together. You don't have to worry about flying because they can't.I raised mine indoors, and they still act terrified of me when I approach their pen.
Sometimes they will eat from my hand, other times not.


They are fantastic, but like I said, not really pets.
Oh, and my girls go broody regularly.
 

Lamar Estate

Songster
8 Years
Mar 3, 2011
393
12
111
St. Paul, Minnesota
People told me and I've read many times that Pekins make wonderful pets. I have 2 Pekins (drakes) that I raised from ducklings and they are not very friendly. One will eat out of my hand. Neither of them like to be held. (They are currently living inside my guest bathroom while one is being treated for bumblefoot.)

I have had 4 Runners. Three of them have been the sweetest ducks ever; they even take turns sleeping on our bed with us. My 4th Runner will eat out of my hand and will let me hold her, but she doesn't like it.

I think it really depends on the temperament of the duck parents. I held, play with, etc. all of my ducklings like crazy. Out of 16 ducks, I would say only 4 have been extremely sweet and tame.
 

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