This is no joke; a duck walks into the garden at Fearrington Village… First, she finds Ryan and immediately becomes fearful of anyone else. I’m second on the scene. She likes Ryan more than me 🙁 I’m not deterred. It was love at first sight.
If you are missing this duck, please contact me. I fear she was dumped as animals often are when their cuteness and needs are lost on their owner. I’m happy to make the Bee Better Teaching Garden her home. I’m only sad because, like other fowl, ducks are social birds, and while she hangs with the chickens, I think she is missing her own kind.
How do we know she’s a she? Well, we don’t know that exactly, but our resident duck authority, Zack Hackney, also our culinary gardener, says male ducks tend to have at least one curled tail feather.
Indeed, as I began to research Indian Runner Ducks, which I believe she is, I began learning about my new fowl friend. Indian Runner Ducks gain their adult feathers (plumage) by the time they reach the age of four to five months. A drake’s (male) plumage always contain at least one notably curly feather at the end of the tail, while the hen (female) will have no such curly feathers.
I further learned only the females can make the distinctive, loud quacking sound for which ducks are famous. Males can only make a much quieter, whispering sound.
The Indian Runner Duck is extremely distinctive. For one, they run instead of waddling. They cannot fly; and have a remarkable, upright posture, with a very long neck. The breed originated in Malaya, and is thought to have been first brought to Great Britain in the early 19th century by a returning ship’s captain.
Adult female Indian Runners lay an average of 200 eggs per year, so about as many as my girls. I’ve not seen an egg yet, but it’s only been two days.
Right now, she is staying in the girl’s run. I needed to protect her from predators. Since I didn’t have a hutch for her and wasn’t quite certain the coop would be a good idea, I tipped a yard waste can, and stuffed with some dry oak leaves. I also put out water for her to clean her nostrils, and swim a bit. If I can’t find her owner, I may need to do something more long range..
I love her though. <3
She’s not been named yet. I reached out on the Bee Better facebook page for name suggestions. There were some great ones:
And many other funs names.
Then Lily took this selfie with her, and the name became very clear!
This picture says it all: Jamie Durante! With that nose, she must be a distance cousin of Jimmy?