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Indian Runner Ducks-ability to fly
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Don    Posted 06-05-2001 at 15:18:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
A while back I raised 7 Indian Runners from ducklings, at about 25-30 weeks of age 5 of them dissappeared without a trace, no feathers no nothing. Up until that time none of them had displayed any ability to fly more than 15-20 ft about a foot off the ground. I really think they dissappeared as a result of some fowl play, sorry about that! Called the local County Critter Control to see if they had picked them up, the reply was, "we don't do ducks" but "we get alot of reports this time of year of missing ducks" that have flown away from thier owners, and that my ducks may return at a latter date! anyone know if Runners can fly that well to have flown away like migrating mallords/Canada geese etc?

Ed    Posted 01-02-2004 at 06:39:20       [Reply]  [Send Email]
i am sure that indian runners can not fly because mine have never flown

Courtney    Posted 10-20-2003 at 18:21:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have 2 indian runner ducks. The person I got them off from sid that they couldn't fly. He has been raising them for years. So far, my ducks have only flown a few feet. So I do not think that your ducks have flown off. They may have gotten out of there pen somhow. Mine have done that 2 times. I managed to catch them though. I hope you find them!

Julie    Posted 07-26-2002 at 14:13:12       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My runners fly as well as Mallards, yet have never taken off. They only fly when trying to catch up to the rest, or when being chased. I live between a creek and a canal, and have frequent visits from wild ducks, cranes, etc., yet have never lost a duck except to "fowl play". My ducks travel approx 3/4 of a mile up and down the creek, and sometimes are gone for a day or two, but always come home for food. I also have other ducks that do not fly well, and maybe they are the reason the runners always stick around.

Suzanne    Posted 09-28-2007 at 10:06:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My 3 year old daughter came home from the fair a few months ago with an indian runner chick. She named her Flower. I believe they can fly, or so I have heard. Her wings are as big as a mallards, and I have also been told by a breeder that they can fly. We have recently cut her wings because she loves to be around us and when we leave her pen she starts flaping her wings like she is trying to fly. My question is do runner ducks have to be taught how to fly. She is an only child(duck) LOL!

Makaila    Posted 01-03-2005 at 05:15:24       [Reply]  [Send Email]
ok, so your runner ducks don't fly that well, but seriously, do all ducks fly? are there any species of duck that don't (not including domestic ones). please email me back to answer this question!

rhudson    Posted 06-05-2001 at 22:05:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don, your runners and my runners run off together. i'm missing about a dozen out of 35 that i had. if mine were not fed each day, they started forage for themselves. mine would walk not fly up to 200 yds away from pond. the neighbors german sheppard puppy thought it was great sport. sorry but there will be no happy ending to this story. let me see if i get this right. dogs kill for fun, will leave dead in place unless it takes one back to owner for show of "pride" will kill until bored. owls will leave the neck and head (think thats right). foxes will kill one and come back to kill when hungry, one to two days later. over the past years i have probably purchased $500 worth of ducks with little luck.

IHank    Posted 06-05-2001 at 15:27:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Don- Clik on Memory Lane, left side of the page. Over there, clik on "Mixed Breed Ducks". It's a true tale that I posted about a year ago and that your post remeinded me of. Keep in mind that "migratory" translates into "I git around!"

I'm betting that your ducks saw some other ducks that looked good and away they went! Please,let us know if they come back and bring a flock with 'em. Thanks for reviving the memory, IHank

Burrhead    Posted 06-05-2001 at 19:16:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
We're getting pounded by Allison right now. It's drowned nearly all my ducks and cat fish.

I saw a cotton mouth and a bull frog float by here with their life jackets on. That turtle they was riding must have been drowned too cause I never saw a logger head float on his back either.

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