Friday, May 22, 2009

Runner Ducks

In our ongoing saga of creating Shirefeld Farm, we bought runner ducks earlier this spring in shades of black, brown, blue, and fawn. This is my first close acquaintence with ducks, and I have to admit I never realized quite how funny they are! A flock of ducks has achieved the closest thing to a "mind meld" I have yet seen: the flock acts as one: eating, swimming, marching, running -- and my, see how they run! For days my toddlers liked nothing better than to chase them around and around the play yard where the ducks were ensconced -- no matter how we tried to dissuade the children. The fact is, ducks are funny, and even funnier when they run, quacking, in an orderly mob that scurries and swerves in unison. Now they have found a quieter existence at our pond: where they rule the pool with dictatorial unity. Yet another proof (if we needed it) that God has a sense of humor.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

We bought 12 Blue Swedish ducks this Spring, and they threw in 3 Chocolate Runners. I'm not sure we would have considered Runners, but they're great! In spite of ducks' messiness and stinkiness, they always make me smile and are a great addition to any farm!

tonia said...

we love our flock of ducks! just a caution...their legs get injured very easily so it's best not to do too much chasing, even if it is hilarious. ;)

we have one whose leg is permanently lamed by trying to avoid a sweet 5 year old's attempts to catch her.

regina doman said...

We've sadly had that experience with our chickens years ago, so I'm aware of how fragile they can be. But our ducks have, by this juncture, long ago outrun our four year old. They're named "runner" for a reason, and now that they're out in the pasture pond on our five acres, they're pretty much uncatchable!

Turwethiel Merilwen said...

How cute! My mom wants to buy some runner ducks, but my dad is not to keen on the idea. ;)