A couple with two Pems and two Cardis were there to meet Diane and watch our lesson and Diane's friend work her dogs. They opted to have their new Cardi herding instinct tested. It was interesting to watch (I had never seen a herding instinct test before). He was VERY into the sheep and wanted to hold them in one space. He had very strong eye, Diane said.
Then Diane's friend worked ducks with her two Aussies. The ducks were not being that cooperative! They kept escaping. Unfortunately all of Diane's ducks were killed by a fox in the early spring, so these are new ducks and like I said, not that cooperative. The new ducks are Crested Indian Runners - they have little powder puffs on top of their heads and don't stand quite as upright as the Indian Runners. Diane said she has 40 Indian Runner eggs incubating and once they are hatched it is about 7 weeks before they are fully feathered and can be worked lightly. At about three months they can be worked regularly.
One of the best parts about herding is I have a very tired, happy (and dirty) corgi afterward!