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Short Legged Call Drake

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by duckmeister, Jan 28, 2016.

  1. duckmeister

    duckmeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My last years hatch little gray call drake has such short legs that he really has a hard time keeping up with the other calls when they are out free ranging, he stumbles and tilts foreward a lot too, other than that he seems perfecfly fine and happy, he's very small with a compact body and short bill and puffy cheeks, probably the closest thing to show quality drake I've got, but thinking I'm going to have to lock him up with a hen because he moves so slow with his short little legs, there's no way he can compete with the other drakes in breeding season, also wondering if his legs might be placed a little to far back. The hen I bought for him will compliment his shortcomi gs I think. Will have to take a video of him walking so you can see what I mean. Anybody else have problems with a call duck with legs to short?
     
  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    I don't have Calls - one of my Runners has legs that are a little shorter than everyone else's.
     
  3. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a picture or video?
    Good quality calls will have shorter legs but it usually doesn't affect how they get around
     
  4. duckmeister

    duckmeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The bottom picture where he's moving, he keeps up just fine until the other ducks start moving real fast, then he starts falling foreward on his chest and can't keep up. He's fine as long as nobody gets in a hurry. When they are first turned loose in the morning out of their pen to free range, that's when he starts falling over, cause they are in a big hurry to get out and start hunting bugs and eating grass. Only him, a dozen other all ducks have no problem.
     
  5. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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    I think it's just an issue of quality. Your little drake looks like the breed standard: Round keel, short bill, chubby cheeks, and short legs. My Wobbles cant keep up with pet-quality Bean, who runs like lightning. Look at my avatar - Wobs' legs are TINY.
     
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  6. duckmeister

    duckmeister Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Amykins, I think you'r right, he's just a little more typey than the others. Your little Wobs is a really cute little fellow.
     
  7. Amykins

    Amykins Overrun With Chickens

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    So's that cutie pie drake! I just wanna grab him and kiss him for hours!
     
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  8. learycow

    learycow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    His legs don't look abnormally short. They are normal for call ducks :)
     

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