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/Varieties:
- White, Chocolate, Black, Trout, Fawn, Fawn and White, Harlequin, Blue, Mallard, Silver and many others.
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl
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
"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…
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.
Pros - Very willing to understand what you want, very affectionate.
Cons - Very loud!!!! Everything’s always exciting.
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!!