It's the Guns, Stupid

Apr 20, 2007 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: Truthdig

“And that's the end of the issue”

Why do we have the same futile argument every time there is a mass killing? Advocates of gun control try to open a discussion about whether more reasonable weapons statutes might reduce the number of violent ... via Truthdig

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boo

Moscow, Russia

#97634 Jan 21, 2013
Many people dream one day of having some ducks in the backyard and there are quite a few different breeds you can pick from. Ducks are bred for all sorts of purposes; as snail eaters, egg layers, for meat or simply as a hobby so it's just a matter of choosing a breed that suits your backyard and needs.

Breeds

The Pekin is described as an attractive large white duck, although the plumage can show a tinge of cream or yellow. They weigh 3.5-4kg (about 8-9lb) with yellow or reddish-orange bill and legs. They are usually bred for meat but are also attractive ducks in the backyard.

Other duck breeds mentioned in our segment include the Muscovy which is actually a separate species. Muscovies come in colours including black, blue, white, black & white, and white. They are docile, placid and good foragers for snails. They are also bred for their meat and eggs.

The Cayuga takes it name from Lake Cayuga in the US. These are large and pretty green-black ducks which are good layers and are quieter than other breeds.

Khaki Campbells are medium sized ducks (2.25-2.5kg (5-5.5lb)) with slender necks. They are mainly khaki coloured with a dark brown upper head and neck. These are fast growing and easy to raise ducks, usually bred as layers because their eggs are a similar size to chicken eggs.



Temperament

Ducks are intelligent and friendly in general. Some breeds are quieter than others but most breeds contain lovable characteristics
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97635 Jan 21, 2013
Rarely suffer from ill health when well looked after and protected from predators. Feed ducks scraps and leftovers but include some commercial duck food from produce stores to ensure they get essential nutrients. Supply plenty of fresh water for drinking as well as water in a small pond for swimming (a disused child's pool will do). Make sure there is still a dry area in the pen so that their feet are not wet all the time, otherwise they could develop infections of the foot. Worm regularly, about twice a year, to keep them healthy.
Breeding
Some breeds like Pekins and Khaki Campbells are not considered good sitters although they do produce up to 120 eggs per season. Larger breeders will use incubators while others may substitute these eggs under another broody duck.
Space
Most duck breeds are well suited to suburban backyards and will forage for slugs and snails in the garden. All ducks can be messy and may trash a vegetable garden if allowed. While a pool or pond is not critical, a water container large enough in which to allow them to dunk is essential to ensure their eyes, nostrils and beaks stay clean and healthy.
Ducks do best when they have plenty of space in which to wander and so are best suited to larger backyards. It's important to check with your local council to ensure by-laws allow the keeping of poultry or waterfowl in the area.
Maintenance
Ducks need a shed or shelter that has a predator-proof yard or house to keep them safe at night and provide protection from the weather. Dry straw or a similar bedding is necessary for the ducks to sleep on and lay in. Renew the bedding every couple of days. The water container needs room enough for the ducks to splash and wash themselves and thus minimise mud clinging to feathers. A single duck can be lonely so always keep two or more ducks.
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97636 Jan 21, 2013
Unlike other ducks, the Indian Runner does not waddle but rather the position of its legs gives them a characteristic running motion.Another peculiarity of the Indian Runner Duck is its shape which is described as being like a wine bottle. They also have long, snake-like necks. When wandering around they walk flat but stand upright when disturbed. Exhibitors often train their ducks to stand upright but their methods are usually kept secret. Indian Runners are a relatively small breed of duck, with the standard listing 1.6-2.25kg (3.5-5lb) for drakes and 1.35-2 kg (3-4.5lb) for ducks. Drakes are 65-80cm (26-32 in.), ducks 60-70 cm (24-28 in.).
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97637 Jan 21, 2013
The Indian Runner Duck breed is believed to have originated in South East Asia, probably the islands of Indonesia, an area once known as the Dutch East Indies, hence the name Indian Runner. Texts refer to a ship's captain who took fawn and fawn and white-coloured ducks from Malaya back to his home in Dumfries, Scotland, where the ducks were distributed across the border into Cumberland. It is understood that fawns were first exhibited in 1876, while fawn and whites were shown in 1896. The Indian Runner Duck Club standard for fawn and whites was accepted in 1913. They are not a common breed in Australia
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97638 Jan 21, 2013
Worms are the most common health problem with these ducks. It is recommended that any new ducks be wormed immediately, then 21 days later and again 21 days after that, then every 5-6 months. Ducks may also need to be dusted for parasites on the head area
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97639 Jan 21, 2013
Duck pellets are readily available. A 40 kg bag of duck pellets should last an adult pair at least one month. Duck feed should be placed in bowls to prevent contamination. Water bowls should be accessible at all times and should be anchored with bricks to prevent the ducks turning them over.
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97640 Jan 21, 2013
Although Indian Runners are prolific egg-layers, they are not very broody. Therefore, if you wish to breed them, and you don't have access to an incubator (which many breeders use), the eggs should be placed under another broody duck to hatch. Indian Runners, unlike some other duck breeds, do not need water for breeding (although they must have water available at all times for drinking). Ducklings are best raised in small flocks.
Teaman

Mount Holly, NJ

#97641 Jan 21, 2013
Dr Freud wrote:
<quoted text>
And voting machines are absolutely never able to be hacked, right?
Obama lost every state that required a voter ID.:-)

Romney got zero votes, nada, not a one, in 59 voting wards in Philadelphia. Cleveland was pretty much the same.

Only one precinct in St. Lucie County, Fl, had a turnout less than 113%

A county in Ohio had a 108% turnout.

It does not matter how people vote, it's who counts the votes that matter.
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97642 Jan 21, 2013
Pet Indian Runner Ducks may be obtained for as little as $5 to $6 from breeders who wish to reduce their stocks. Show quality ducks cost around $50.
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97643 Jan 21, 2013
Indian Runners could not be described as 'pets' as they are not capable of interaction with humans on any scale beyond responding to food. They are unable to live indoors but as a garden duck, they can be useful for providing fertiliser and for keeping spiders, snails and slugs away.
Tm Clmns

Victoria, Canada

#97644 Jan 21, 2013
deport fat losers wrote:
<quoted text>
Yeah become a retard like the Canadian population eh with that stupid curling game with brooms. eh
That will be fun eh
Come and watch the annual paint drying festival in Winnipeg you hoser.
Too bad, buddy, I am not Canadian, I just live here.

yah, well, NFL football is getting to be a joke.... just a set up for

game-style action for 10 year olds. TV directors call the plays now.

You don't have to go to Winnipeg to curl... you can also curl in the USA.you yanker..
At least it is real compared to phony pretend reality TV NFL

AND....At least you can actually do real hunting in Canada. No shooting defenceless animals in parks like you NRA guys do... lame..
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97645 Jan 21, 2013
Indian Runner Ducks can be successfully kept in a penned are or allowed to roam free within a fenced boundary. They require access to water in which to bathe - the water must be a depth which allows to ducks to submerge themselves such as a pond or dam.
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97646 Jan 21, 2013
Breeders say these ducks can be successfully kept by poultry enthusiasts of all ages and ability. They are best suited to people who have a yard area available and can offer the ducks a penned or caged area for protection at night.
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97647 Jan 21, 2013
Indian Runners produce large quantities of eggs. The ducks themselves have enough flesh on them to feed two people and their meat is less fatty than other duck breeds.
Tm Clmns

Victoria, Canada

#97648 Jan 21, 2013
Spocko wrote:
<quoted text>
America also supplies millions of guns to Canada!
The best ones here come from Europe...
Teaman

Mount Holly, NJ

#97649 Jan 21, 2013
boo wrote:
Rarely suffer from ill health when well looked after and protected from predators. Feed ducks scraps and leftovers but include some commercial duck food from produce stores to ensure they get essential nutrients. Supply plenty of fresh water for drinking as well as water in a small pond for swimming (a disused child's pool will do). Make sure there is still a dry area in the pen so that their feet are not wet all the time, otherwise they could develop infections of the foot. Worm regularly, about twice a year, to keep them healthy.
Breeding
Some breeds like Pekins and Khaki Campbells are not considered good sitters although they do produce up to 120 eggs per season. Larger breeders will use incubators while others may substitute these eggs under another broody duck.
Space
Most duck breeds are well suited to suburban backyards and will forage for slugs and snails in the garden. All ducks can be messy and may trash a vegetable garden if allowed. While a pool or pond is not critical, a water container large enough in which to allow them to dunk is essential to ensure their eyes, nostrils and beaks stay clean and healthy.
Ducks do best when they have plenty of space in which to wander and so are best suited to larger backyards. It's important to check with your local council to ensure by-laws allow the keeping of poultry or waterfowl in the area.
Maintenance
Ducks need a shed or shelter that has a predator-proof yard or house to keep them safe at night and provide protection from the weather. Dry straw or a similar bedding is necessary for the ducks to sleep on and lay in. Renew the bedding every couple of days. The water container needs room enough for the ducks to splash and wash themselves and thus minimise mud clinging to feathers. A single duck can be lonely so always keep two or more ducks.
Too much reading, I'll wait for the movie.
Dr Freud

UK

#97650 Jan 21, 2013
Brit Expat wrote:
<quoted text>
Ok. Not that blill tho. as limiricks go. lol.
There was a young girl from Australia
Who's thing was as big as a dalia
At three pence a smell she did quite well
But! sixpence a lick was a failure
There was once a Brit Expat in France,
Who was given to song and dance,
He pranced like a poof, in drag and aloof,
And was soon looked upon by many askance!
Dr Freud

UK

#97651 Jan 21, 2013
Teaman wrote:
<quoted text>
Obama lost every state that required a voter ID.:-)
Romney got zero votes, nada, not a one, in 59 voting wards in Philadelphia. Cleveland was pretty much the same.
Only one precinct in St. Lucie County, Fl, had a turnout less than 113%
A county in Ohio had a 108% turnout.
It does not matter how people vote, it's who counts the votes that matter.
Unless, and until those results are challenged in a court of law, then NOTHING is going to get done to correct that matter.
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97652 Jan 21, 2013
Muscovies are the all time versatile pet -they are interesting looking, cheap to run and are also edible. If you have enough of these birds you can make a quilt!

Appearance

Muscovies are easily distinguished from other breeds by their faces which are devoid of feathers, bright red, flashy and carnunculated (lumpy). The male, when alarmed, excited or angry, will erect the feathers on the top of his head and appear quite leery and wicked.

Male Muscovies are considerably larger than females. Large males weigh as much as eight kilos and females weigh approximately half as much.

Colours

White, black and white, blue (a light grey colour) and white, and bronze and white. A fawn and white colour also occurs but is much less common.

Temperament

Muscovies are docile, placid and slow moving if unthreatened. They do not enjoy being caught and picked up and will squirt their droppings as a form of defense.

Drakes can be bad tempered and aggressive and are not suitable as pets. Drakes will fight together and have been known to kill and even eat ducklings.

Flight

Drakes are too heavy to fly but ducks (unlike other domestic breeds) are perfectly capable of flying and perching. Confining them to your own backyard may be achieved either by keeping them in a fully enclosed pen or by clipping the flight feathers on one wing.
boo

Moscow, Russia

#97653 Jan 21, 2013
History

The Muscovy is a native South American duck and appears to be the only domestic duck breed which is not a descendant of the Mallard. Muscovy drakes lack the curly tail feathers characteristic of drakes of all other breeds.

The Muscovy belongs to a separate species to other domestic ducks and geese (Cairina moschata). Consequently the progeny which result from crosses between the two groups are sterile.

The name Muscovy is said to be derived from an odour of musk which pervades the skin but which disappears when cooked. Other sources say the Muscovy was named after the Muscovite Trading Company which plied its trade on the South American Coast.

Housing

Predators such as foxes and dogs will often make a meal of a duck and so some form of protective fencing or night time housing is essential. If the ducks muddy their pen it may be necessary to place the drinker on wire over a shallow pit.

It is advisable to stay close-by when letting very young ducklings away from shelter as they are susceptible to attack from predators, even during the day.

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