Duck Breed Focus - Indian Runner

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  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Indian Runner ducks 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. The Indian Runner is reported to have first appeared in the UK in 1835 and they were originally called Penguin Ducks. The first fawn and white runners were standardised in 1901 with other colours following (see colour varieties below).

    Indian Runners are very active ducks that enjoy foraging for slugs, snails and insects. One of their original uses in Asia was to clear the paddy fields of pests. They would be taken there in the mornings and rounded up again at night so that they could be kept safe from predators. In some parts of the world, they are still used in this way, for example some organic vineyards in South Africa have started using Indian Runner Ducks to clear the vines of pests, in order to eliminate the need for chemical pesticides.
    Details:

    Purpose:: Utility – Eggs and good for organic pest control, particularly in vineyards.
    Egg Laying: Up to 200 eggs per year.
    Origin: East Indies.
    Weight: Drake: 1.6 – 2.3 Kg, Duck: 1.4 – 2 Kg.
    Classification: Runner.
    Colours: Apricot Trout (Saxony), Black, Blue, Chocolate, Fawn, Fawn & White, Mallard, Silver, Trout, White.

    A note on the colour varieties:

    There are a number of different colour varieties of Indian Runner duck available but the Breed Standards vary by region. In the United States there have been 8 colour varieties admitted to the APA's Standard of Perfection, whilst in the UK the British Waterfowl Standards has 14.
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    BYC Reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/indian-runner

    Breed Discussions:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/714223/show-off-your-indian-runners/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/432437/indian-runners/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/981398/indian-runner-duck-week-by-week/0_30

    Do you own Indian Runners? Are you an Indian Runner breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
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  2. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    · What made you decide to get this breed?

    Their size, reputation for eating slugs, their upright appearance, egg-laying reputation


    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?


    I got them for their slug-eating and egg-laying reputations. They have lived up to all that. They ended up being quite therapeutic - it is difficult to maintain any negative emotions when I am with them. And their manure is the best garden fertilizer ever!

    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?


    They are so darn chipper! Good layers, and very friendly. A few are downright cuddly.


    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!


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  3. N F C

    N F C eggnog time! Premium Member Project Manager

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    @Amiga I loved seeing your pictures! It was nice how you showed them in various stages of maturity. Thanks for sharing them [​IMG]
     
  4. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    I just love Runners their upright adorableness is the best.
     
  5. Birdrain92

    Birdrain92 Overrun With Chickens

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    I raise Fawn & White Indian Runner ducks. I own them for fun, eggs, and breeding. I like how they have the up right stance, the run, and the drake is quiet.
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    [​IMG] Kenia is my drake. Kenia and Kida come when they are called like dogs. I hatched out Kenia and Kida March 1, 2012. They are 3 years old and still follow me and come when they are called. I love it.

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  6. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @Birdrain92 you have a lovely lil flock of Runners I love the fawn and white.
     
  7. Amiga

    Amiga Overrun with Runners Premium Member

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    @Birdrain92 - delightful! Thanks!
     
  8. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    @Birdrain92 They are beautiful and those ducklings are just [​IMG] Thanks for sharing!
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    @Amiga Beautiful, just beautiful… Your pics and stories about your Runners made me consider getting some myself. Hopefully I will be in a position to do that soon.
     
  10. Bigwig

    Bigwig Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How much floor space per bird do they need in their coop?
     

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