Ever since I read the book, The Elements of Organic Gardening, by HRH The Prince of Wales, I have been fascinated with black runner ducks. If you are familiar with the book, you know that it chronicles Prince Charles' life on his organic estates in England and Scotland. The photos are stunning and the commentary is compelling--at least it is if you are a garden nut like me. One of the tactics The Prince has implemented is using runner ducks for pest patrol. Runner ducks differ from other ducks by their ability to stand upright and run instead of waddle. They roam throughout his elegantly manicured gardens and devour the pesky slugs that like to destroy his beautiful plants. I happen to have a slug problem on my little estate, and I loved his idea. When I was at Cackle Hatchery the other day, they brought out these two irresistible black runner duckies. Even though I hadn't intended to buy anything, I couldn't leave without them. So, I loaded them up, and they quacked all the way home. They've adjusted quite well, but I can tell they can't wait for some warm, humid weather to show up--and the slippery, slimy slugs that come with it!