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Indian Runner


Pros: Prolific layers, flightless, excellent foragers, easy for beginners

Cons: Easily excitable, non-maternal.

I got my first Indian Runners during the summer of 2012. I raised one as a duckling, and the other two were raised with the flock my friend owned. The first one I raised unfortunately died due to health defects. But the other two birds absolutely thrive and are healthy as can be. 
My two girls are absolutely unsocialized and that has made handling them tricky. However despite this the birds are easily herded and can be brought into the coop without too much trouble if they don't adhere to the usual schedule. 
I feed them on a daily basis, however they don't need to be fed that often as they enjoy and almost prefer foraging. Some days they will ignore the feed I leave for them altogether. They adore water, as all ducks do, and typically spend a majority of their time in the pond. 
Being flightless, we haven't been too concerned about them wandering off. The fence we use to keep them in the yard is between two or three feet tall. 
My friends flock lays eggs on a daily basis, and we are quite excited for ours to start this spring! Even when they lay fertile eggs, they are too flighty, excitable or uninterested to brood. So having a surrogate brooder or an incubator is typically necessary if you intend on breeding. 


Pros: beautiful ducks, great laying, friendly personality

Cons: noisy,

I had runner forever and I just love them, they are the funniest thing to watch run around the yard.  They also take care of our bug problem.  Always have had these ducks, and if your don't have them you need to get them.


Pros: nice, pretty, entertaining

Cons: talkative, excitable

I have 1 fawn an white, and 1 crested fawn an white an they are both talktive silly girls. They are not laying yet so cant comment on that but they are always goofing around. The crested one is just fun to look at lol. They can get spooked but being with my other calm ducks helps. They calm down pretty quick as long as they don't get "lost". I had one running in circles when everyone went into the coop an she couldnt figure out where they went. definatly one of my favs out of the flock though.


Pros: Comical, Low Maintenance, Flightless

Cons: None

Indian Runners Prefer Water Over Land, So They Only Need A Small Pond!


Pros: cute, kinda goofy, lots of colours, cant fly

Cons: a bit loud, dont go broody very oftern

I've only had my runner duck for a little while, but I hatched her out of my incubator.

shes very cute and goofy and I love her! she isn't full grown yet but im planning on getting more because I love this breed so much


Pros: Friendly, cuddly, playful, great layers

Cons: Can be noisy

Great breed! My absolute favourite 


Pros: Sweet, snuggly, ADORABLE, very comedic!

Cons: not any that I can think of!

I absolutely love my Indian Runners! My three hens are the biggest sweeties ever! They follow me around and love to snuggle!

They are still ducklings but I love this breed! Very comedic and I can just sit there for hours watching them!


Pros: good egg machines and long lived

Cons: keep fewer males with females than other ducks

Nice ducks very hardy


Pros: runs, calm, forages, not as messy

Cons: I've heard they aren't very winter hardy

First, watching a runner duck run is awesome. They can find their own food. They aren't like pekins in water. Mine haven't started laying but I heard their decent.

Indian Runner

Indian Runners originated in the East Indies on the islands of Java, Malaya, Bali and Lombok. It is recorded that the first Runners were imported to the UK during the 1830s - but were then known as the " Penguin Duck" due to their incredible upright stance often compared to a hock bottle. Indian Runners have long been used in farming as a method of natural pest control.

Breed Colors/VarietiesWhite, Chocolate, Black, Trout, Fawn, Fawn and White, Harlequin, Blue, Mallard, Silver and many others.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Breed Details:

Known for their egg laying abilities - Indian Runners can lay in excess of 200 white - or green tinted eggs per year, but are not reliable as broodies so most breeders rely on incubators or other breeds for hatching eggs. An adult male will weigh between 2 - 2.3 kg (4.4 - 5 lbs.) and a female from 1.6 to 2 kg (3.5 - 4.4 lbs.). Height in males is up to 66 cm- or 26 inches and the female 55 cm or 22 inches. With leg placement unlike any other duck- they do not waddle like others breeds and are capable of modest speed when running. They are know as a nervous breed and extremely flighty if cornered- but when hand raised and handled often can remain fairly calm. Indian Runners have been used in the breeding of a number of other common breeds including the Khaki Campbell and then subsequently the Welsh Harlequin. Indian Runners are a popular choice of duck for both a backyard pet and farmyard duck. The great variety of colours available are one of the appealing qualities of this breed.


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