*~*Runner Duck Club*~*

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

  1. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I know that some have those crosses, at least I recall reading about them, and as a duck mom to twelve smallish girls (9 runners, 3 buffs), I would not feel really relaxed about a big Muscovy drake on top of my little 3.5 pound ducks. That's my feeling. I think Muscovy ducks are amazing and wonderful, and I think carefully about size differences, too.
     
  2. bethbug74

    bethbug74 The Lady Gadfly

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    That's true, I've not had runners before, so I'm not sure how big a standard female generally is. Our Muscovy girls are VERY small compared to our male (he's easily 10 lbs and they are barely 5), but he is extremely gentle with them, and I've never seen him rape, though Muscovies do tend that way a lot.

    Is there anyone raising runners that are especially large, or maybe such a thing as a "giant" runner variety?
     
  3. thomassio

    thomassio Out Of The Brooder

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    I have a giant Frankenstein runner!
     
  4. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    There are some larger, pet-quality runners, up to five pounds. My Einz weighs 4.5 to 5 and she is my biggest runner girl. Elfie is closer to 3.5 pounds.
     
  5. bethbug74

    bethbug74 The Lady Gadfly

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    Might I buy some hatching eggs out of this Frankenstein?
     
  6. ttclan

    ttclan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone have a thought or two about moving cross country with your Runners? We are in CO and need to evacuate for the winter due to the flooding here and headed to the East Coast to stay with family.

    We are re-homing all our farm animals for the winter, but are thinking about taking our Runners with us since our daughter is allergic to chicken eggs and loves her ducks. We can pack them up into their duck house and make them comfy on the trip, but wondered if we were nuts to even consider it...okay, you have to know, most of our friends and family think we are crazy, but we love our animals. She's having a hard time leaving every animal (except the dog) behind.

    Thoughts? Dumb idea? Would they travel well?
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I think you can do it. Ducks can get car sick. And they need water constantly. I made a travel waterer based on Majestic Waterfowl's directions. Let me see if I can find that.

    found it - http://www.majesticwaterfowl.org/mmissue68.htm

    I place mine inside a pyrex bowl that has a flat bottom and vertical sides. This keeps the no-spill container from flipping over. My runners are very good at flipping things over.

    If you are willing to take a few breaks so they can eat and chill, that's good. My runners do okay with the one hour each way trip to the vet. I do not cover them up, just let them sightsee. I keep them in a dog crate in the back of my station wagon.

    Also, I do not keep the car very warm when we travel, so they don't overheat. You don't have to freeze, but if anyone likes it warm, wrap the human up in a coat and hat and scarf and gloves rather than crank the heat up.
     
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  8. sebastopol

    sebastopol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of my Indian Runners.

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  9. Flowerbh

    Flowerbh Overrun With Chickens

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    WOW! I love their color!
     
  10. duckguy1

    duckguy1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I wanna be a member
     

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