Indian Runner

Pros: 1. My runner is so sweet and loves people & human company
2. Generally, they are a very social breed of ducks
3. Least DIRTY (not messy, definitely messy) of my ducklings
Cons: 1. I would say they are pretty loud, but their other qualities more than make up for it
2. Warning, can be messy! But, aren't all ducklings?
I absolutely love my runner duck! He is the sweetest duckling I have had so far, therefore I have really enjoyed this breed. He is growing to be a beautiful duck and definitely gets the least dirty of the ducklings (this is because he stands up tall, like runners do, which causes him not to have a muddy chest). He let's you pick him up and is a very social breed of duck. If you are looking to buy a duckling/duck, I highly suggest these sweet peas! They totally have earned my 5 star rating!
Pros: It's from the island where I was born, but...
Cons: But why the Brits called 'em Indian Runner not Javanica Duck?
The Brits back in 1800 should have called 'em the Javanica Duck.
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 and they were all yellow, like 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.
Pros: cute personalities
excellent layers
Cons: do not like to be picked up
nervous nellies
I have 3 and I love how comical and animated they are about everything
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
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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.jpgThen 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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Pros: Very willing to understand what you want, very affectionate.
Cons: Very loud! Everything’s always exciting-not a deal breaker though :)
8EE8A18D-BF46-41E4-A5C3-C1B0EF62DFD6.jpeg 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! 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 they're getting LOUD!
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August 2018
Pros: Fun to watch, good bug patrol and lay great eggs
Cons: predators, more than 1 male was a problem
I love to sit in my duck run and just watch them being their little selves. My 4 girls have a small kiddie pool that they love and their foraging ability is awesome. They can grab a bug right out of the air!

They are laying great big eggs on a regular basis which, if you are baking, you might want to weigh before using in a recipe because a chicken egg is NOT the same as a duck egg.
Pros: Large jumbo eggs taste just like chicken eggs. Runners lay eggs all year round. Excellent foragers and friendly personality.
Cons: Easily excitable
0C819DBC-3F02-43CE-9A9A-B207552ECF05.jpeg I love my runner ducks. They come in a variety of colors and walk upright like a penguin. They look like bowling pins in my yard and forage for bugs all day long. They enjoy playing in a kiddie pool and are incredibly friendly and talkative. They are hardy birds and continuously produce delicious jumbo eggs all year long. Their eggs taste identical to chicken eggs (no gamey duck taste). Their eggs are either green or white in color. They are very impressive ducks. Even if they are hand raised, they can become easily startled and normally do not like being handled.
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The runners have a personality like no other! Love them.
Pros: They are so funny to watch.
Really large eggs
Cons: None as of yet
We got 2 males and 2 females the females are Pekin-Indian Runners. We live on 20 ac. farm with cattle and pigs. They are free range all the time. We have had them since Sept. of 2017. They were so happy when we first got them that they just foraged all day on the pasture and pond. Never would eat or come around for food. Now they are wanting to be fed every day. They come up when we feed the cattle and then follow us back to the pond to be fed.
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Sept 2017


Pros: So sweet and lots of personality
Cons: Messy!
I only have one female so it's hard to tell if they'd all be as cool as she is that's why I gave 4☆'S. I hear they are great ducks though. I have the one female Indian Runner and a male Mallard, and she isn't as timid as my mallard is, which I like. The both of them are inseparable. They get along so well and never leave each others side.

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Pros: -They don't mind being handled
-They are super nice
-My Drake is very quiet
-The chicks are kinder then the Pekin chicks (That is my opinoin)
Cons: after about 5 months with him, I still have no cons
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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.
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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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.



Pros: Cute, pretty, large eggs.
Cons: Flighty, Hates being held, Alway poo on the eggs
I really love my female Non-Show Runner Duck, duck-duck:

She is very pretty, it she is kinda loud.she doesn't like to be picked up wich is a downfall.her eggs are yummy but always dirty.i love this breed and would get more if I could!
Pros: Friendly, easy to raise, funny, lays lots of eggs
Cons: I cant think of any.
I will always have runners in my yard. I love them they are easy to raise and fun to watch.
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Pros: Funny, Beautiful, Friendly, Great layers
It's true I've only ever had two Runners, but I would gladly get more! They are very funny and have such personality and make me laugh, they are also great eggs layers. The Runner I currently own is the friendliest duck in my flock as well as the most unattached to just one duck, she just like to be with someone. I might get more, they are just a great breed in my opinion. I think they would make a great pet. Some people say they're noisy, but as far as I know I haven't noticed mine being that loud.
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Pros: Friendly, will stay within learned boundaries while feeding, an awesome example of animal adaptations.
Cons: Will trip over anything in their path!
I have raised a flock of 10 Indian Runner ducks and the three girls have just started laying. Here are some of my favorite things about runner ducks:

1) They give good duck hugs. They will give a hug by leaning their head against me or by holding their head under my chin. Awwwww. But I do have to catch and hold them first, they're not really the kind to run up to me unless I'm holding green peas. But what a wonderful, graceful long neck! It is fun to hold and pet a runner duck.

2) They will feed within learned boundaries. I can bring my runner ducks to the front yard and they will eat the crickets that make noise under my window. Hurrah! I sleep better now. The runner ducks will feed in the front yard and they don't try to run into the fairly busy street. I do stay with them the entire time they are in the front yard.

3) Ducks are an elementary school teacher's best friends to help teach about animal adaptations. My runner ducks have six adaptations just on their tongue: 1. a thin tip to feel the food in the mud, 2. something that filters the water (looks sort of like a mesh) on the sides of their tongues right behind the tip, 3. hard points on each side just behind that for cutting soft vegetation, 4. a large bump in the middle of the back of their tongue to firmly close their nose while diving, 5. a soft round of tissue behind the large bump that can raise to connect their lungs to the nose hole, 6. and finally at the very back of their mouth some semi-hard spikes pointing to their stomach to prevent slippery fish from going back out of their beaks. That is just the tongue. I have not mentioned the beak or the many adaptations on the rest of the duck. Ducks are so awesome!

4) This is a con, but also really funny... my runner ducks don't look down and will trip over anything in their path. Unless it's tall, they don't go around. So if I leave, for example, a water bottle laying around... the first duck will step on it and may trip. The following ducks, not learning from seeing their friend trip, will also go over the bottle and trip, rather than going around. So four or five ducks in a row can trip over the same water bottle. I have to manage their environment to make sure nothing sharp or dangerous gets left out in their path.

Overall, I just love these funny birds with such awesome personalities.
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