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Move it Duckies!

Gail P
June 23rd, 2009, 10:46 AM
The ducklings (yes, these are still ducklings, despite their size and appearance :p) are now big enough to start using them for herding practice with the dogs. I just recently moved them out of the peacock's pen to allow them to free range with my chickens and start getting used to the dogs coming and going in and out of the coop during chores. Today Rain give duck-herding a try. Although she is a really good worker when doing goose control, she previously has had no interest in the poultry at home. Maybe because the chickens more or less ignore the dogs and don't flock up well. The ducks usually stick together like glue and the dogs can work them better.

Next time I'll get pics of Storm herding them. Don't want to overwork the ducklings when they're just getting "dog-broke".
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Gail P
June 23rd, 2009, 10:48 AM
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Gail P
June 23rd, 2009, 10:55 AM
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bendyfoot
June 23rd, 2009, 01:38 PM
:laughing:Love the BC "slinkies"! :D

Jim Hall
June 23rd, 2009, 07:01 PM
oh very cool i gotta go see a trial some day

Gail P
June 23rd, 2009, 07:15 PM
oh very cool i gotta go see a trial some day

Here's a schedule of sheepdog and cattledog trials I pulled up from the USBCHA website. I don't know if any of them are near you or not, but there's one listed for NJ. Sept 12, 13 2/o - 2/n NJ State Championship SDT Morristown, NJ

I'm going to watch a sheepdog trial this weekend that's not too far away from where I live.

breeze
June 23rd, 2009, 07:17 PM
those are big ducklings :eek: and Rain did a great job rounding them up :thumbs up:thumbs up

Jim Hall
June 23rd, 2009, 07:19 PM
about 40min away ty

Dee-O-Gee
June 23rd, 2009, 09:03 PM
Wow! That's pretty kewl--the hearding instinct. It's amazing to watch and I'm sure it very time consuming but well worth it. :thumbs up

Pictures are fabulous Gail--great snaps. :)

Gail P
June 23rd, 2009, 10:01 PM
about 40min away ty
Oops sorry, I gave you the date for that one but forgot to include the link to the schedule that lists all the trials plus contact info :headslap: http://www.usbcha.com/upcomingtrials.htm

those are big ducklings :eek: and Rain did a great job rounding them up :thumbs up:thumbs up
They're Rouens, which are basically a farm mallard but bigger than the wild variety. They're one of the meat breeds so they grow pretty fast. I got them as day-olds on April 15. Remember this one?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/2009%20dog%20pics/DSCF1632.jpg
And then later, these:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/2009%20dog%20pics/DSCF1820.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/2009%20dog%20pics/DSCF1840.jpg

Right now they've still got their juvenile plumage, when they're older any that are drakes will look just like a wild mallard with the bright green head. Btw, I got them for the dogs (for working), not for eating. I was thinking about getting a lighter breed like call ducks but didn't have a nearby source for them and I heard that the Rouens flock well, aren't too flighty for working and can be quite social. In other words pets. ;)

Wow! That's pretty kewl--the hearding instinct. It's amazing to watch and I'm sure it very time consuming but well worth it. :thumbs up

Pictures are fabulous Gail--great snaps. :)
Thanks :)
It's actually not time consuming. Dogs with strong instincts learn quickly and don't forget what they learned. I took Rain and Storm back to the farm/rescue where I got them to put them on sheep last spring. We were going once a week but gave it a rest in the hot part of the summer and then picked up again in the fall. They haven't been on sheep since then, but they haven't forgotten what they learned. In the fall I started Flurry as well but he hasn't had as much training. Would love to get Dru started, he really wants to work. Maybe once things cool down again.

growler~GateKeeper
June 23rd, 2009, 11:07 PM
Great pics :thumbs up love the blue feathers on the wings :D

Rain & the flock did great for the 1st time out with each other :highfive: The ducks don't look stressed at all with Rain right behind them.

Gail P
June 25th, 2009, 11:26 AM
Great pics :thumbs up love the blue feathers on the wings :D

Rain & the flock did great for the 1st time out with each other :highfive: The ducks don't look stressed at all with Rain right behind them.

The ducks don't really get too bothered with just one dog, especially since the dogs will lie down when told to take the pressure off the ducks. The ducks are even getting used to several dogs going into the chicken coop now, they've found the best way to deal with that is too all sit quietly in a corner. Some of the dogs ignore them (looking for mice) and the others (the ones that would like to herd them) lie down or leave the coop when told.

breeze
June 25th, 2009, 11:29 AM
They're Rouens, which are basically a farm mallard but bigger than the wild variety. They're one of the meat breeds so they grow pretty fast. I got them as day-olds on April 15. Remember this one?
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/2009%20dog%20pics/DSCF1632.jpg
And then later, these:
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/2009%20dog%20pics/DSCF1820.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v625/silhouettestable/2009%20dog%20pics/DSCF1840.jpg

Right now they've still got their juvenile plumage, when they're older any that are drakes will look just like a wild mallard with the bright green head. Btw, I got them for the dogs (for working), not for eating. I was thinking about getting a lighter breed like call ducks but didn't have a nearby source for them and I heard that the Rouens flock well, aren't too flighty for working and can be quite social. In other words pets. ;)




I remember those pictures :thumbs up:thumbs up