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Quack, Quack!

Gail P
April 15th, 2009, 07:34 PM
These are our newest additions to the family. I got them for the dogs :laughing: Yes, I'm crazy. :crazy: I'm not yet set up for sheep (oops, did I say yet? you know what that means ;) ) so the little duckies will be for us to practice herding in between when we go visit my friends sheep. After they grow up a bit of course.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/2009%20dog%20pics/DSCF1621.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/2009%20dog%20pics/DSCF1619.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/2009%20dog%20pics/DSCF1624.jpg

Gail P
April 15th, 2009, 07:36 PM
And since I know someone's going to ask me what the dogs think of them, see for yourself
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/2009%20dog%20pics/DSCF1609.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/2009%20dog%20pics/DSCF1630.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/2009%20dog%20pics/DSCF1632.jpg

Methinks I have some happy pups! :lovestruck:

Blackdog22
April 15th, 2009, 09:00 PM
Oh my goodness they are sooo cute!
At what age can they start working with the dogs?
How well do the dogs adjust to working different stock (a variety)?

Sorry for all the questions, herding has been an interest of mine for some time now. My first job was working on a sheep farm and that included working the BC's on the sheep daily. Had I been a bit older and wiser I would have taken advantage of that opportunity and learnt all I could. But at the time I just figured it was cool.....just another part of the job, and never really learnt anything. Am I ever kicking myself now!

Have you taken the HIT with any of your dogs....if so, how was it?
I want to get my female tested, but she has only had exposure to cattle :)

Your dogs look soo happy, I think they must know the ducks are for them lol

hazelrunpack
April 15th, 2009, 09:15 PM
:laughing: Look at that happy face in the last shot!!! :flirt:

Cute ducklings...what kind are they, Gail?

Dee-O-Gee
April 15th, 2009, 09:55 PM
So you'll now have to add to your about me page....

6 golden ducks....and a partridge in a pear tree :D:D

They're all so beautiful and love the happy-go-lucky pups :thumbs up

mollywog
April 15th, 2009, 09:55 PM
I love that last picture, looks like pupper is saying "THANKS, MOM!!" :thumbs up

Gail P
April 15th, 2009, 11:57 PM
Oh my goodness they are sooo cute!
At what age can they start working with the dogs?
How well do the dogs adjust to working different stock (a variety)?

Sorry for all the questions, herding has been an interest of mine for some time now. My first job was working on a sheep farm and that included working the BC's on the sheep daily. Had I been a bit older and wiser I would have taken advantage of that opportunity and learnt all I could. But at the time I just figured it was cool.....just another part of the job, and never really learnt anything. Am I ever kicking myself now!

Have you taken the HIT with any of your dogs....if so, how was it?
I want to get my female tested, but she has only had exposure to cattle :)

Your dogs look soo happy, I think they must know the ducks are for them lol
I've never had ducks before, I'm not really sure what age. I'd expect they'll be much like the chicks and turkeys I raise that get used to having the dogs go right in with them when they're a bit bigger and I'm doing chores. I won't begin taking them out of their pen to work them until they're large enough to not get squashed easily if the dogs get too eager. My coop has no electricity so I begin brooding in my basement and then move the chicks & turkeys out to the coop by the time they're about a month old. Usually by the time they're 6-8 weeks old the dogs are in with them.

Some dogs adjust to different kinds of stock easily, other prefer to stick with larger stock and ignore the small stuff. Storm will gladly work anything he can make move, Rain could care less about chickens. Time will tell if she likes working ducks or not. Both will do well with geese, I've been using them for goose control and they've been working really well. Here is Storm trying to work the little turkeys
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/Newer%20dog%20pics/2008_0714dogs0128.jpg

and Flurry getting in on the action too
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/Newer%20dog%20pics/2008_0714dogs0132.jpg

And Flurry with the little meat chickens, I think the chicks and turkeys were probably around 6 weeks in these pictures
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/Newer%20dog%20pics/2008_0714dogs0136.jpg

This is why I wanted ducklings, so they can grow up used to the dogs and not panic when the dogs work them. Last year I got a couple of Chinese geese to try to use for herding practice, but they weren't "dog-broke" and got too flustered. They were going to be "just pet" geese but my friend had a lonely goose who's mate had died and who was quite happy to get the company of 2 handsome ganders. She's currently setting on some eggs that should be due to hatch sometime soon. Maybe I'll end up getting some of the goslings back and raise them up around the dogs as well.

I have not taken the HIT with my dogs, just an "unofficial" one at my friend/mentors. She's where all my BC's came from, she raises some working dogs plus runs a rescue. When my dogs reach a certain age I just take them over to her place and we take them out to see what they'll do with the sheep. Some have turned on right away (Storm), others take a little encouragement to begin with (Rain) and others think sheep are scary until they mature a little more (Flurry, first try at about 7 months - though he's gung-ho now). Once the dogs have shown an interest I try to get them there once a week to do some training.

There are some people who are seriously into the working BC's who feel that the instinct testing is kind of bogus, depending on where/how it's done. Apparently the way it's sometimes done any dog that so much as looks at the sheep or ducks will pass (or chases and wants to eat them). Doesn't mean that they're actually ready to get in there and work and get the job done. In certain circles it's said that it's better to save yourself the cost of getting the test done and sink it into some training sessions with a good trainer. As for trialling, there are some associations that hold trials designed to really test the true working breeds, the kind of dogs that can go out there and work on a ranch all day, and there are others that are geared more towards all breeds, and are not-so-challenging, which the serious folk sometimes call "pretend herding"

:laughing: Look at that happy face in the last shot!!! :flirt:

Cute ducklings...what kind are they, Gail?
They're Rouens. They will grow up to look like Mallards but heavier and a bit brighter coloured. Can't wait to see how many are drakes and how many hens. The drakes will have the brilliant green heads.

So you'll now have to add to your about me page....

6 golden ducks....and a partridge in a pear tree :D:D

They're all so beautiful and love the happy-go-lucky pups :thumbs up
You're right, it was time for an update anyhow!

I love that last picture, looks like pupper is saying "THANKS, MOM!!" :thumbs up
I love that one too, Rain's got such a happy look on her face.

growler~GateKeeper
April 16th, 2009, 12:11 AM
Cute little ducklings :cloud9:

Great pics with the dogs :D definately very happy pups :dog:

Chris21711
April 16th, 2009, 10:47 AM
Oh Gail, I just love Duckies :flirt: you are sooooo lucky :yell:

When I go to the feed store at this time of year, they always have chicks and ducklings inside, I pick each one up and give it a kiss...I love hearing their little cheeps :cloud9:

angeldogs
April 16th, 2009, 10:38 PM
They are cute duckies.and i like the big smilely pic also.

babymomma
April 16th, 2009, 10:44 PM
Congratulations!!!! I used to have ducks! They are such great little creatures, and so full of personality.. Mine used to be sooooo protective over me, they were like little guard ducks.. lol

Bailey_
April 16th, 2009, 11:54 PM
Adorable little duckies you have!! :lovestruck: I'm so jealous!

I think herding is so amazing...and your dogs are beautiful, Gail! :thumbs up

rainbow
April 17th, 2009, 02:58 AM
Aww, cute little baby ducks. :cloud9:


Methinks I have some happy pups! :lovestruck:

Yep, that face has thank you written all over it. :lovestruck: