Pros: Great pets, Daily eggs, Beautiful birds in general
Cons: Difficult to socialize as adults
For anyone looking to get into ducks, these are the perfect breed to start with. They are hardy, relatively quiet, great for all climates, and make fantastic layers!
My runner Frances is working to become a licensed therapy pet, she is extraordinarily good natured and friendly. They make excellent pets when socialized young. Anyone willing to put in the work can have a happy people friendly duck in no time. On the other hand, I have rescued a few runners and with all of my work, some have only just become tolerant of me.
Each hen lays an egg a day about the size of a large chicken egg. They come in all different colors and it's absolutely hysterical to watch the flock parade about the yard, standing straight and tall.
They are considered 'herding ducks' and they move in tight groups. They are often used in trials with herding dogs. This also makes it very easy to keep track of them when they free range, and lets you easily move them back to their pen at night.
Runners are by far my favorite breed, and I would recommend them to anyone looking into ducks.