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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. Nikosbirds
    "Love them"
    Pros - Great foragers, pest control, prolific layers
    Cons - Quite high strung
    I absolutely love my flock of 12 Indian Runners. They are very high energy and quite "quacky" although not as loud as Pekins. They do such a good job foraging, and they are relatively small ducks, so the food to egg ratio is quite good. Chocolate Runners produce light blue eggs about the size of a Chicken's egg but with a slightly different sheen and slightly more rounded shape. The inner membrane is thicker as well. I didn't cuddle them much as babies, so they aren't super interested in being touched, but they don't really avoid me, either. If you got one or two and handled it a lot as a baby, they would make a nice country pet. They are SO funny to watch.
  2. Jaromo99
    "Overall Sweet, but occasionally horrible"
    Pros - easy to sex as adults, funny to watch
    Cons - Males are obsessive breeders and violent towards my muscovies
    Had to rehome my small flock of runners. They constantly attacked my muscovies and my chickens. Overall, they were nice to people, but not the breed for me.
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  3. GoldenFlight
    "Great pets!"
    Pros - Cute, funny, drakes are great with hens, and very friendly.
    Cons - Had a drake that was aggressive towards people.
    We ended up getting three fawn and white drakes, when we ordered strait run from Metzer farms. Our three drakes were Howard,(Who we sold), Fred,(Who was very aggressive to my brother and we later sold him also), and Oliver, (Who we still have). All of our runners were easy to tame and were always the funny ones in the flock. All the drakes were all the most gentle to the hens, not force breeding and fighting like other drakes do often. If I were getting more ducks again I would get more runners.


User Comments

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  1. sheetmetaltom
    have one with 2 blue swedes. just as you say if you didnt handle them they dont like being touched much. but they are great layers between may and september. and they lead the parade to bed every night
  2. Nikosbirds
    Just curious what your male/ female ratio is? Sometimes if there aren't enough females, that can upset the balance.
  3. jonrobinson500
    She looks fab!
  4. brozilla
    We have four ladies, all different colors; soo cool. Difference between chickens is that the ducks do not lay in the same nest. If they do not lay at night when they are locked up, they lay anywhere they want in our yard, never in the same place twice!...So we have to hunt and check through the ivy for eggs. Sometimes, they drop one right next to the little wading pool they have..
    Highly recommended, they keep our yard free of walking and crawlies; our coop gardener friends are now saving their slugs for us! Also, they do not "scratch" for their food so they do NOT destroy the garden like larger chickens do (we also have bantams)>>>
  5. KirstieJG
    They are beautiful but yes messy too! They love to make mud and scoop beakfuls of soil into every water container, that may be just to annoy the chickens though! I find they spook easily and they dont really like cuddles although they do submit to being cuddled and dont struggle once they have been caught.
  6. Tacampbell1973
    They sound like a fun duck. My husband keeps trying to talk me out of a duck. right now i have 8 Guinea Fowland almost 40 chickens after this years hatch so until I sell or some other act of god occurs I kinda have a full house. Husband says they are messy and poop runny. Has he cleaned our four coops lately? nevmind, I think they are beautiful.
  7. CrazyChookLady5
    MANN!! i really, really want some of these!!!
  8. Belba
    Females are great aren't they? :)
  9. Belba
    I live in MIchigan, and we had -10 degree (F) weather, and my female was laying and sitting on her eggs. They do not particularly like the snow, so if you put the ducks in it they will most likely run back tot he coop/run/hut.
  10. Eileen 1930
    I have had Indian Runners for 1 yr and won't take a big buck for them.
    My Rosie was my last hatch and Is 5 weeks old and My boy like her alot.
    I don't know how to add a photo of my boys. Can you go to my profile
    and see them their. "Murphy" has a top knot. Everyone laghs when they see him
    Eileen 1930

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