Ok, i need some help please.
Do indian runners make good parents?
Do they usually hatch eggs each year?
Do they require lots of space?
Do they do well in cooler climates like wisconsin?
Thats all--thank you!
questions about runners
No, they generally do not make good parents at all (I'm sure there are exceptions).
No, they usually do not hatch eggs each year (if you mean without artificial incubation) They will lay tons of eggs, but I have seldom had them go broody.
No, they don't require any more space than any other duck breed. Compared to others types of poultry though, yes they require more space (just depends on how they are housed).
Yes, they do well in cooler climates (most ducks do).
I agree they don't generally make good parents and seldom (according to everything I heard) go broody. However, we have 2 female runners and both are broody right now and 1 just hatched out her 1st baby this morning.
They are great layers though.
Size of housing/run depends on how many and if you leave them free range or not.
They do fine in cold weather. Our duck house is open to the run 24/7. There is a ton of ventilation. We add more straw to the house in the winter, but they don't mind the snow at all.
I can only answer what we have done. We incubated eggs, but brooded them inside. When they were old enough we slowly introduced them to the adults. Neither group wanted to be around the other, but eventually they got along just fine. Today we just found a baby that hatched in the duck house, but was getting trampled by the older ducks so we brought it inside. Perhaps if you introduce them under your broody at night like you would a chicken it would work