*~*Runner Duck Club*~*

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by DuckLover2399, Dec 15, 2011.

  1. ke5hde

    ke5hde Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks.
    I saw your other post and just didn't get a chance to comment yet, so here goes.

    Our runners are very skittish, even the babies are after lots of handling. I do the same thing you do. Spend lots of time in the pen with them, try to talk softly, no sudden movement.
    Guess what.....it still didn't work. We have come to accept the fact that they are just a nervous duck and we deal with it.
    I was able to get close to Bonnie when she was on eggs but even that wasn't easy....I still have bruises on my arm from being bit :)
    Good luck with yours.

    Chris
     
  2. Janelyn

    Janelyn Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow, Chris how kind you are for taking the time to answer my question when you having a challenging day yourself.

    I was really feeling like I was doing something wrong so thank you for the reassurance.

    Janelyn
     
  3. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    While there are some generalizations we can make about runners, I find that in some regards mine don't follow the book.

    They don't do well in the cold, they are anything but skitterish, and some need extra extra extra calcium.

    I hope that eventually, treats and time around them will help your runners be a little friendlier, Janelyn.

    Chris, that is sad to read. Staying one step ahead of predators is not easy. Feels to me like they can make a full time job out of thwarting our efforts, while we have other matters to tend to.
     
  4. ke5hde

    ke5hde Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I really only have myself to blame for this. We've never made the ducks go in at night and haven't had a problem in 3 years.
    They won't be happy tonight but I hope they understand somehow that cooping them at night will be for their own good.
    I'll have to make a decision in the next couple days on my survivor. If I feel the damage is too much I will have to put it down. I'm not a fan of leaving it to suffer and die on its own.

    Chris
     
  5. ke5hde

    ke5hde Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So a little update on our runner. He or she definitely doing better. Not perfect but better. I have it separated in a cage out in the garage. The good news is, the breathing sounds better and it's not limping as much.
    The bad news is it has lost 1 eye. At this point I have no intention of putting it down. I'll leave it in the cage for a couple more weeks and see how it goes. With any luck it'll be back in the pen with the others to live out its time here.

    Chris
     
  6. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    Oh, yay! Prayers it goes well.
     
  7. qwackers

    qwackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    aw no im so sorry to hear this. How is it doing?

    I came down to let mine out the other day and something had eaten some form of bird. All that was left was a bit of guts and a tiny bit of bone and a bunch of feathers. Made me rather glad I shut mine away! Defo wasnt my cat's as they are in the house at night.

    Bribe them with treats! It worked for me!
    aww cute ickle baby!
    haha, yeah my boys dont listen either!
     
  8. qwackers

    qwackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    didnt see there was a whole other page to catch up on! glad to hear you duck is doing better chris even if it has lost an eye. I take it you never found the other one?

    My runners are silly in terms of walking away from me unless ive got something which could be treats, so yeah the treats have been a good way foward for me. I hatched mine and they used to scream for me if I left them for a minute! Now they dont seem to give a monkies about me! Think it's just part of them growing up *sniff sniff*
     
  9. ke5hde

    ke5hde Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No we never did find the other. No sign of it anywhere. No feathers, no blood, no anything. The first night that we cooped them was a little tough but they seem to understand now it's for their own good and I just walk them in the coop. We were able to track down some other runners about 60 miles away and came home with another black and a fawn/white. No clue if they're ducks or drakes so now we get to wait and see. Chris
     
  10. qwackers

    qwackers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yeah im sure theyd rather be put away than gobbled up. Im glad you got some more runners. It's not the same I'm sure but nice anyway. How old are these ones? You'll have to get some pictures up and show them off!
     

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