Getting our ducks
We decided on Indian Runner ducks. Indian Runner ducks are superior foragers, rather good egg layers, not likely to fly, and definitely entertaining to watch! Because of their upright bodies, they RUN rather than walk. Indian Runner ducks are thought to originate from the East Indies. When they made their way to Britain, they became known as the "Penguin Duck". They come in an assortment of colors, most commonly fawn and white, black, chocolate brown, and blue. We're hoping for three different colored ones!
Who would have thought it would be so hard to get ducklings! Apparently, the interest in backyard poultry and waterfowl has sky-rocketed recently. What a great thing to become popular! We thought it would be more fun to pick up the ducklings in person rather than order them. We were prepared to take precautions due to the current COVID-19 situation and figured picking them up might actually be safer than having them shipped. Shipping live animals is not exactly inexpensive either.
A co-op in Monroe, Washington had ducklings available for in April and then again in May. Unfortunately, we had just missed the earlier date and the ducklings sold out within hours. It would be 3 weeks until they were available again (this weekend!). This time we were instructed to call at 8am the Monday before the weekend they were available. Appointments were being scheduled every 10 minutes due to social distancing and COVID-19 precautions. We called first thing that Monday and eagerly awaited the possibility of an appointment time...12:30pm this Friday. It wasn't looking good. They could easily sell out during any of the appointments before us. All the online hatcheries were now shipping Indian Runners in mid to late June. Fingers crossed. We find out Friday!