Indian Runner

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  • Breed Colors/Varieties:
    White, Chocolate, Black, Trout, Fawn, Fawn and White, Harlequin, Blue, Mallard, Silver and many others.
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    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.
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  • 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.







Recent User Reviews

  1. NicoleWinkels
    "Have four.. Love them!"
    Pros - Easy to take care of, fun to watch, good layers, good with people, can't fly
    Cons - Like any duck, makes a mess if you let them. Females can get a bit noisy
  2. WannaBeHillBilly
    "These ducks are pure fun"
    Pros - Agile, good foragers, curious, funny
    Cons - Nervous, afraid of new things
    I have Fawn and white Indian Runners since four months now and i do enjoy their company. My ducks have distinct personalities, one is curious, another one has the loudest QUACK i have ever heart, one female cares about my limping drake, you get it: They are all different!
    It is pure fun to sit on the porch and watch them catch insects in the grass during the warm months (no more ticks, since the Duckies are here) and it is so enjoyable when they come to visit me on my work-platform, asking for some treats, usually they send one of them ahead…
    20181022_165304.jpg Then they all join and eat corn out of my hands.
    No eggs so far, but i am sure that will change when the days become longer again.
    EDIT (12/2018): Six months in now and one of my ducks has started to lay one greenish egg a day.
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  3. Kkrista123
    "Runner duck"
    Pros - Very willing to understand what you want, very affectionate.
    Cons - Very loud!!!! Everything’s always exciting.
    8EE8A18D-BF46-41E4-A5C3-C1B0EF62DFD6.jpeg FE586790-E1C4-4F80-9121-31696885C39D.png I have seen many people say they had 1 runner that was people aggressive. Runners are only people aggressive when they are raised to be people aggressive. Ive hand raised my runner since day 1 and she loves me more than anything in this world. We cuddle everyday and it’s her absolute favorite. She will walk up to me when she wants to get some cuddles so she can go to sleep. These ducks are awesome because you can raise these ducks to behave and act however you want them to. (Flock, pet etc.) Train them to enjoy people and that’s all they’ll do for the rest of their lives!! Awesome and funny duck to watch and very loving. My runner lives inside though so I can tell you first hand, everything will excite them and excitement always means 10-15 quacks all being followed by a SHHHHHH!!
    Purchase Date:
    4 months ago

User Comments

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  1. Table4Six
    Hilarious, excellent pest control, foraging ducks!
  2. preciouspanda
    Since my last post in April bout just starting with runners I have added more now I have total of 16 runners black,blue,chocolate, and fawn and white
  3. Callender Girl
    In my experience, runners are a bit flighty but I adore mine. They are endlessly entertaining, funny and smart.
  4. Rcashk01
    This is off the subject but I have an Indian manner and I'm pretty sure her leg is dislocated does anybody know how I can put it back in.
  5. MiaGraceDuckMom
    Black Indan Runner Ducklings :ya:thumbsup
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  6. preciouspanda
    I have just got into having runner ducks I received 3 female and a male we ordered on the 18 of April and I hadn’t seen them before but I have been enjoying watching them every day
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  7. mag pie
    Yes, we thought too that it might have been her inexperience too. We have decided that if we here any other peeping, it might be best to remove the eggs to the incubator and then re-introduce the hatchling to mamma later on? Thoughts? She pushed 2 eggs from the nest early on and I put them in the incubator to see if they were any good. New little fuzzy guy hatched 2 days ago! :)
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  8. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    Which are the differences between a) fawn and
    b) fawn and white?
  9. Kendrasueh
    I picked up 4 Indian Runner ducklings 1 1/2 yrs ago in hopes of getting a drake. Of course I didnt and I have 4 beautiful ladies. Two of them decided they wanted to nest and were trying to share the same nest. Since no one informed them that there has to be a man in the flock to hatch their eggs, I went online and purchased 10 fertile indian runner eggs. half way through incubation I started to loose eggs I assume to a snake as I dont see how anything else could have gotten in the coop. Anyway, I ended up with only 2 babies. My questions ... 1)why were the other two ducks so aggressive to the babies?? They ended up killing them even though mom was very protective. 2) Is it true that you cant introduce adult ducks into a flock because of their aggressive nature to outsiders?? 3) if I get a drake and we were to have a successful hatch with no predator issues, are they just going to kill them off again? The ducks are free range on a huge pond and come in at night to get locked in. 4) The coop is quite small, if I make it bigger will the others leave the babies alone? 5) If I make a run directly from the coop into the water are they safe from predators if they sleep on the water?
  10. Pamela M Culp
    I have three runners (Drake's) they are the sweetest out of all my ducks❤️
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