The Runner Ducks, with their astonishingly tall, upright presence, and the funny-looking Muscovy ducks with the big feet came from the same company as the geese.
The ducks came to Fields of Freedom when the sanctuary made an agreement with one of Denmark’s biggest hobby farm poultry breeders to take any birds left unsold at the end of their selling season in late fall.
This kind of business breeds thousands of different types of waterfowl and poultry and drives them around Denmark to be collected at drop-off points across the country.
On this trip, the birds can spend up to five hours crushed into tiny plastic crates in the back of a scary and noisy van. Every year, at the end of the selling season, any birds that are left unsold and deemed unfit to breed are sent to the slaughterhouse.
The ducks at Fields of Freedom were saved from this fate and now live out their lives among their friends at the farm. They sleep indoors at night for their protection and spend their days running happily around, quacking and enjoying life.