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
"Such a Fun Breed!"
Pros - Great Personalities, Smaller in Size
Cons - Can be Messy (like any duck)
We were given two Runners as ducklings by mistake (were told they were Pekins), but couldn't have been more thrilled with them as they got older. Their personalities were amazing - like puppies with feathers! They'd initially run from being picked up, then stop and let you (like it was a game) and get quite affectionate (for ducks) while we held them. And the actual running... pure entertainment! Would love to always have Runners in my life.