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Wuld like ta sketch ya a tale 'bout Indian Runners.....an this ist a true tale (whaal mebbe 95 persent ture an mebbe jus 5 persent wha sum wuld refr to as literery lycents). Nhaaw befr ya gits ta predictin wha ist all 'bout, let me jus say tha it aint ;bout th Injuns tha used ta run th news an th message frm one tribe ta th othr,......these Indian Runners are.....DUCKS !!

I thinks tha I told ya befr tha Missus Rupe an me kept sum ducks, an in fact we incubated sum...frm eggs. Missus Rupe wast reel gud at it an if I kin recall tha on ta her first try she hatched 7 fer 7,....an I am ta understand tha thas reel gud !! Told ya berf tha Missus Rupe an me done buit our log cabin home in th woods 'bot 18 years ago. In sum evenins she an me wuld set onta th frnt porch an rock in th chairs an talk an plan (cours she wast th planner) an watch th pond outta th frnt an th Sarvice berry trees bloomin along with th bluberry busnes;....an pretty soon Missus Rupe wuld say sumthin like, "It sur wuld be nice ta have a trelis on th side of th shed fer th trumpet vine ta climb", er "It wuld be nice ta hav a cupla mor flowr beds ther an ther" an I wuld say "UhHuun"....knowin tha I jus got sum new wrk ta do.

Thn one day Missus Rupe luks at me an says; "Ya kno wha we ougta hav Rupe " ?, an I say "Hummh" ? , an she says "We ougtha hav sum ducks onta th pond !!". Naaw I luks at th ponds wich sets out in th front of th cabin an I thinks tha wuld be rite nice....an gittin sum ducks wuld sur be a lot mor easy thn all th hammer an nail an pick an th shovel wrk tha she usualy thinks up fer me ta do. So I starts ta thinkin 'bout DUCKS fer th pond; naawt reel hard, butt thinkin none th less, ....an knowin Missus Rupe;...she don fergit mucha nothing !!

Naawh livin wher we are with all th farms 'round I figures ited be rite easy ta jus go an git sum ducks fer th pond. I shudda knowd tha mos things tha seems ta be easy don always turn outta be tha way. So anyway I wast planning tha in th next few days I wast goin ta git th ducks.

Mor later - Rupe
 
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Ah like ducs. Usta rais 'em meself.
Lookin forard to da nex part o ur story.
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Psssst! Ranco'! With Rupie you might've bit off more than you can chew!

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.....I thinks tha nite I had me a dreem 'bout ducks ! Naawh at th tyme I din kno spit 'bout th ducks....butt figurd tha taday I wast
jus goin ta git sum. Wen I git ta th kitchn, Missus Rupe ist in her walkin cloths an shoes an says, "Rupe, les go ta th Fair"!....an I had plum fergot tha th County Fair wast startin...so thas wha we set outta do. Naawh I heerd tha our County Fiar ist mebbe th bigist Agricultur Fair in th whole country; (thas crops an stock) butt I cant prov it. Naawh th Fair ist rite neer wher our cabin is an it don tak long ta git ther. On th way Missus Rupe say, "Mebbe thar be sum ducks !"....an me mind go BINGO !!

Iffin ya git ta th Fair early ist naawt shuldr ta shuldr an tas gud....butt th firs thing I notice ist tha Missus Rupe ist reely hoofin it pas all th horses an pigs an cows an sheep an evn th goats....an she gotts er frnt site settin on th bak part of th Fair. An me mind go BINGO fer th secon tyme taday ! Thas wher they hav all th rabbits and ....go head an tryta guess !,,,,Yur rite,....th FOWL !!

We gits inta th barn an thar ar all kindsa fowl;....chickin an turkee an piegons an geese an all long th left side ar th ducks !!!.....an I jus shak me hed an think, "Glory be ! I jus wan a coupla ducks" !...an I nevr knowd tha thar were sa many kind....an I luks ta Missus Rupe an she gotts tha sparkle an th twinkle in th eye tha she always gits wen bringin a new crittr ta th cabin,.....an I says ta me mind tha I had th thougt tha ths wast goin ta be eazy. Ill tell ya thar wer fat an thin an long leggd an shrt leggd an sum wit lik fethr crowns on th head an sum lukd lik they wer bald onta th top an long bodyed an shrt bodyd...an way mor kelers an shads thn Joseph had in tha coat !

Whaal I spect we lukd at em all,....an tha tuk a lotta tyme,.....an Missus Rupe spys ths one an th lil tag on th cage say Indian Runner,...an I see tha smile !! Since it wast erly inta th day th breedrs th raisrs th hatchrs, I don kno wha ya call em....butt th ones fer th Runners twernt thar,...butt thar wast a card wit th name an th phon # ...so I writs it don. So I guess tha th knida duck ist set (accordin ta Missus Rupe an thas wha counts) ! So wit tha dun, we walks th Fair an eat summa tha Fair Food, pet an sritch th goats an pat th horses an wit th numbr fer th Runner Duck Man in th pockt we go bak ta th cabin wit th plan ta call fer th info on th ducks th nex mornin......an thas how th reel tale gits ta bein !! (mor latr)

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We tried raising some chickens once, but we quickly found out that we prefer ducks.

Indian Runner ducks are kind of peculiar looking, in my opinion. However, they have been called the "Leghorns of Ducks" because they are such prolific egg layers.

Personally, I prefer Khaki Campbells for both eggs and meat. Although we once had a Muscovy named Miss Daisy that laid eggs regular like the best Rock Island hen.

If you feed the ducks chicken feed, and keep them away from anything "fishy" then the taste of the eggs is almost indistinquishable from chicken eggs.

Also, since ducks don't scratch up the dirt, and they are great at picking bugs off bushes, they are good to turn loose in the vegetable garden. They'll clean up the bugs and not harm the plants. However, don't put them out there when your plants are still very little. The duck's big flat feet will trample vegetable sprouts.

We also had a big Pekin goose. My wife would use one goose egg instead of two chicken eggs when she baked a cake.

That big goose was a great watchdog! Whenever my Mother-in-law would come over that big white goose would charge at her while honking and flappings its wings. Mom would just sit in her car until we went out and corraled the goose.


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Ranco ......Afta readin wha ya writ, I sur wisht tha I culda talkd ta yu 'fore me an Missus Rupe gotts th ducks an stars ta foolin wit thm ! Ill tel ya latr wha we hadta go threw wit thm Indian Runners !!

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.....nex morning I calls th Runnin Duck Man an tells em wha weer lukin fer an git th dirkshuns an he say, "C'mon dwn !!"....jus lik tha fella on th giv away show on th TV. Finds out he ist 'bout 30 miels frm us....weh we git ther we sees a lil hous an a biggr barn/garage an onta th sid of th barn ist a reel big pen....an th flor of th pen luks lik waves,....butt nawt water butt ducks !...ther jus movin lik th watr waves. We gits ta th pen an he pick up a big net sorta lik th one ya use fer fishin frm a boat...He says, "Watcha wan ?".....an Missus Rupe say, "Onena each !",...an I luks at er an I luks at th Runnin Duck Man an feel gud tha he kno she talkin 'bout sex an naawt kellers; 'cause iffin she was we wulda bin goin home wit 'bout 50 ducks...an th box I brung wuld only holt 'bout two !!

Th Runnin Duck Man waids inta th batcha ducks an maks a scoop an coms up wit two....shaks one out an says ta Missus Rupe, "Howst tha ?"...an she say,"Naaw, th othr one," an he gos bak ta scoopin. He giv th duck ta Missus Rupe an she giv it ta me an wen he giv her th secon one she giv tha one ta me too. So we go ta th truk wit me wit a duck undr th arms an hed on ta home. Missus Rupe gotts er ducks an ist grinning wide !!

Wen we gits ta th cabin I takes th boxa ducks ta th pond......point th opn end ta th watr an nothing happns....so I tap an shak th box....an nothing happns...so I dump it !! Missus Rupe caushuns me ta naawt hurt em ?? thas jus her ! Aftr th dumpin th fool ducks run pas an behin me an go up onta th bank....naawt th watr ! Naawh, I figure tha ducks lik th water so I tries ta chase em an tha don wrk sa well,..caus thm ducks ar reel fas. They mov an chang direkshuns lik th moles er th chipmonks in th yard. So I walks reel slo pass thm pretendin I don see em an thn I maks me mov...butt I gues naawt quik 'nough.....an wen I tries ta chas em I skids on th mud an hits me butt an stars ta slidin ta th pond,....butt I stops in tyme !....an ther ar th ducks ontta th pond (glad tha wrkd lik I wast planning th mov). An I sees Missus Rupe lukin an kinda shakin an I knos tha she ist luaghin at Rupe. So th ducks ar home, butt th woryin stars fer th nite 'bout th nite crittrs an th ducks bein abl ta mak it ta th morning. Me an Missus Rupe gotts sun planning to do fer th ducks....an will star tha in th morning. Sur hope they sleep gud an mak it !! (mor latr)

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.....I bin talkin 'bout th Indian Runners an I don kno iffin ya kno wha they luk lik,...an I don hav a pichur so mebbe I culd tell ya. I guess ya culd say tha tha luk lik ducks, cause they have th duck kinda feets an th bill an th fethrs ! Th body ist kinda slimr thn sum ducks an kinda thin frm bak ta belly, wich giv em a luk lik flat..an they hav a goose kinda neck tha aint rie fer a duck....an th eyes luk big fer th head...an th legs ar long fer a duck, an I guess tha 'splains th runnin,..caus they sur ar fas on th foots !! Iffin they had mor feathrs on th head they wuld luk lik th Road Runner wen they sprintd. Ranco, who sounds lik hast had a lotta ducks, says tha they luk pequeliar an I guess thas rite....I jus think they luk "silly" !! I guess wen tha Waltr Dizney fella wast drawin th duck cartuns, he wast thinkina th Runners !

Whaal, th nex morning aftr sum brkfas Missus Rupe an me go fer th ducks wit th planning tha we did. We had plan "A" an"B" an "C" ! Missus Rupe wast in charg of th Plan A. Figurin th ducks wast hungry, she pland ta tak sum bred an sweet talk em an throw th bred an coax em ta cum. Whaal tha sur din wrk. Plan B wast fer me ta herd em an fer Missus Rupe ta cacth en ina net ! Naawh th ducks wast onta th pond an I giv up on tha levatashun stuff,....so I figur I kin gits inta th canoe an herds thm tha way. I floatd near em an wit sum reel fast padlin an makin alotta noise, I chase em up onta th bank wer Missus wast standin at th ready wit me musky net wit th long handl. I told ya tha the wer fas, ..butt evn me din befiiv it,..they went rokitin 'roun Missus Rupe...fronta her pas her an behin er an evn 'yween her legs !...an she wast swingin tha net an tryin ta scoop lik th Runnib Duck Man had don.....an I thout she wast lukin lik she wast playin badmitn an tryin ta hit 3 er 4 birdys at once !...an I stars ta Laughlin,..an I sees Missus Rupe jus lukin at me, an I sur wast glad tha th luks wer th only thing she wast throwin at me. Whaal evn wit th net swingin Plan B din wrk !!

We thn wen ta Plan C...an ill jus menshun tha tha wast me own plan. Plan C was ta jus let em be....an tha wrkd,..an I knowd it wuld !! We sur din solv th problem wit th nite predters an Ill jus menshun thm a lil bit latr.

thendistneerRupe

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Heh,funny you should mention ducks.....Th'Missus decided last year that she wanted some egg-layin' critters,well,I don't exactly care for chickens,so she decided we were gonna get ducks.One of the best layin' breeds of ducks is the Khaki Campbell,so we got a batch of 10 straight run peepers...long story short,there were 3 hens,an' 7 drakes.We've been happy with the production of these three egg-layin' machines,but minus the one we et in the fall,we had 6 drakes,an' the girls were getting kinda wore-out lookin'.One had no feathers at all on the back of her head,so we decided we had to do something 'bout it...So we did.Today.The flock is now known as "Lucky,an' the girls".....Ducks can be surprisingly agile when their lives depend on it......Anyone know good recipes for cooking mature ducks?.....Oh yeah,my boy an' I looked a little silly a couple'a times today,but we had the last laughs...*Chop chop!*


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Good story, Rupe. Made me chuckle. Smiler

When my middle son was only about 3 years old, that big Pekin goose that I mentioned earlier became infatuated with him. That goose was almost as tall as my boy was then.

Well, that goose followed Chris everywhere around the yard. It never bothered my boy, just followed him around, often honking and cackling and just making a lot of noise.

At that time we also had a little Mallard drake. That duck was infatuated with the big goose. The goose was three or four times bigger than that duck, but the duck followed the goose everywhere.

So, there was my son, a little boy barely out of the toddler stage, marching around the yard like some drum major leading the parade of goose and duck.


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Wen Missus Rupe an me wast building our cabin an aftr tha we wuld always heer th owls,...thes wer barrd owls. Naawh wen ya mix th barrd owls an th ducks, ya git a combenashun tha jus don wrk reel well. Ya see me thinks tha ducks ar "dumbr thn stumps" ! Mebbe thas jus me ducks, butt I don think so. Ya kno wha they say 'bout "jus lik a sittin duck" ? Whaal at nite th ducks wuld jus be a sittin on th bank of th pond an th owl cums a sailin thru th air an jus kinda piks em up an thas tha !! We los th Runners ta th owls an aftr tha we gotts sum wha I think ar mor normal ducks,....an ya culd almos train thes ones ! Mebbe they wast a lil bit smartr er mebbe jus likd th feed mor thn th Runners ,'cause thes ducks wuld cum wen calld, in fact tha wuld cum betr thn tha "beegle Daaw" tha Missus Rupe brung home !...he ist dumbr thn a brick !! So I stil gotts two of th normal ducks an yeah th dumb Beele Dawg an another dawg, an mos tymes we ar a happy group ! I jus kno fer sur tha thar won be no mor Runnin ducks er fancy ones cumin ta me pond !!

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