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Which duck breeds are the most active?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Henrik Petersson, Jan 6, 2017.

  1. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My muscovies are starting to bore me, to be honest. They mostly lie around chilling.

    Are there more active duck breeds out there? I read a description of runner ducks as "clownish", is that true?
     
  2. TLWR

    TLWR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are, but mine will spend a good bit of the day hanging out under the shrubs or laying by their pond.
     
  3. Lilki

    Lilki Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you seen the video of the runner duck chasing the dog around a bush? Yes, they are entertaining. They can't be performing allll the time though. [​IMG]
     
  4. NathanZee

    NathanZee Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    Mallards, Indian Runners, and Khaki Campbells are all very active ducks that love to run and fly around. Runners do certainly act silly at times! [​IMG]
     
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    My Runners and Buffs are my clowns here they are very active. I love them to pieces..
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Overrun With Chickens

    I have a very mixed flock....I have a Welsh Drake, Buff Hen, Saxony Hen and 3 Calls.......All up to something steady.......They are entertaining me all Day......Silly Ducks.........Busy Bees......



    Cheers!
     
  7. DancingWthDucks

    DancingWthDucks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Welsh Harlequins are very active and funny to watch. Give mine a paddling pool full of water, and they will be splashing around for HOURS....
     
  8. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you!

    Now, are there any of aforementioned breeds that do fine without a lot of water? Finer than others, I mean? We have an artificially-made pond, but it's kind of small (a good thing about the muscovies is that they almost never bathe).
     
  9. Tevyes Dad

    Tevyes Dad Leader of the Quack Premium Member

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    ALL mallard based (Non-muscovy) ducks will poop up your pond pretty quickly. I have a mixed flock (15) and they turn a 7500 liter swimming pool into [​IMG] in 3-4 days. The amount they swim is dependent on the duck more than the breed. If you want your pond nice, I suggest you fence it off from them then either keep them out or you regulate when they are allowed to swim. A duck NEEDs water it can submerge its entire head in so it can clean its nares and eyes (buckets work nicely), but it will take advantage of any water it can find (and will dig holes if that water is in dirt). So any duck can live a happy life without much access to "swimming" water, but they like swimming more [​IMG] They are also very happy being sprayed by a garden hose in warmer weather.
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2017
  10. Henrik Petersson

    Henrik Petersson Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Naah, we want them to use our pond, it's just that it's so small that it's borderline animal cruelty to house animals that NEED to stay in water a lot to be happy. The pond is circular and maybe 5 feet across. But okay, if they're happy with that, it's all good!
     

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