what breed of ducks for herd dog schooling?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by BeardedChick, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    My friend wants to train her border collie with ducks, so twist my arm, I'll keep a few ducks for her (she has trained herd dogs with sheep, and I know she will handle the ducks humanely).

    What breed of ducks are best? Anyone have personal experience to share? I have read Khakis and runners are good choices?

    At what age can ducks start being worked?

    ETA: AND how many do I need to start with?????
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2009
  2. TheNewMrsEvans

    TheNewMrsEvans Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 15, 2008
    Big Sur, CA
    I knew a lady who kept 5 runner x ducks for her shelties to learn on...seemed to work well.
  3. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks - I just found an online video and they used 5 ducks, too.
  4. vicki2x2

    vicki2x2 Super Chick

    Feb 9, 2008
    Central Michigan
    For herding they usually use runners ducks, they move quickly but dont try to fly.
  5. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    It doesn't hurt that I love runner ducks! Or do I love Khakis more?

    Yarg, I don't know!!!
  6. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Dec 26, 2006
    Both Coasts
    You love Runners more, of course! [​IMG]

    This one thinks she's a goose, a Sebastopol goose no less. Talk about delusional. LOL

  7. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 25, 2008
    I don't have experience with it personally, but everytime I've seen pictures or videos of duck herding, they have been runner or runner crosses.

    If it were me, I would use runners.

    As for the age, I think the ducks should be fully feathered and have a good weight to them. You don't want fragile ducklings running from a dog, or on the chance that the dog takes a nip a fully grown duck will be better off.

    Sounds like fun though! You should share pictures!

    The Sebbie runner is adoreable!! [​IMG] Talk about the ugly duckling! ^-^ Instead of a swan who thinks it's a duck, this duck thinks it's a goose!

    Last edited: Jan 15, 2009
  8. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oooh, I like the sebbies, too!!!! The runners look like such comedians.

    At what age will they be fully feathered? And how the heck can you tell if a runner duck is at a good weight??? They all look Twiggy-ish to me. [​IMG]

    You know Miss New Camera (that would be me) will take lots of pictures.

    Just for warmup, a wild duck picture from today (taken from a great distance):

  9. Pumpkinpup

    Pumpkinpup Poultry Princess

    Jul 16, 2008
    North-West Georgia
    Runners [​IMG]
  10. BeardedChick

    BeardedChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Runners it is! [​IMG]

    I might sneak in a Welsh Harlequin or three just because...

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