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Indian Runner Eggs??????

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Squirtchy2009, Sep 7, 2009.

  1. Squirtchy2009

    Squirtchy2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting a trio of Indian Runners this weekend and wanted to know about the females and their eggs...

    When do they lay?
    How many do they lay per year?
    And the size of the eggs them selves?

    Many Thanks

    Squirtch [​IMG]
     
  2. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Runners will begin laying between 5 months & 7 months. They lay more or less year-round, but heaviest in the Spring and Summer months. Depending on the line, you may get between 180 & 300 eggs a year (mine are closer to the 300 end, and they are just McMurray ducks). The eggs are a good size--slightly larger than a jumbo chicken egg--and usually white, though they can be green or blue.

    So, you gave up on the drakes, and found a trio? I think that's awesome! [​IMG]
     
  3. Squirtchy2009

    Squirtchy2009 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah did'nt want to put any presure on the calls, and a trio is cheeper in the long run [​IMG] And i can breed from them and get eggs [​IMG]
     
  4. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

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    YAY! I just got an indian runner drake and he is HILARIOUS! Congrats on getting more duckies [​IMG]
     
  5. LilRalphieRoosmama

    LilRalphieRoosmama Officially Quacked

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    Ours just started laying about two weeks ago (at about 5 months old). One lays consistently every day and the others are more like every other day. The eggs are whitish and about as tall as a jumbo chicken egg only not as big around. We hardboiled some and were pleasantly surprised - the yolks were very creamy and the whites weren't rubbery at all. I actually prefer them over chicken eggs.
     
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  6. iamcuriositycat

    iamcuriositycat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I like duck eggs better than chicken too. They are VERY yummy. And LilRalphie--your eggs will probably get bigger as your ducks mature. The first few weeks of laying are unpredictable, and usually the eggs start out smaller. [​IMG]
     
  7. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good post! I just bought 2 Runner females from Metzers and they are only about 2 weeks so they have a ways to go before laying but I was curious about what they would look like when they do. [​IMG]
     
  8. duckyfromoz

    duckyfromoz Quackaholic

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    blondeebee181 enjoy your babies while they are little- Im the sure OP of this particular thread has had some wonderful few years with his birds by now- but with your own so young you have so many things yet to experience with them. What colour will your babies grow up to be? This could make a difference about what colour eggs they will lay- White or tinted. Watching them actually lay the egg can be quite funny- I was very concerned about my girl Flippy a few days ago- she was walking very strangely- I took a few step over to her so I could pick her up to check her over and suddenly- out came the egg and she ran off normally like nothing had ever happened. [​IMG]
     
  9. blondiebee181

    blondiebee181 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh baby ducks are the greatest, I am having a great time with them....it's so nice and warm here in Boise they were starting to go in for little swims quite early and that is always the cutest to watch [​IMG] they follow me around the yard while I do my chicken chores and gardening, and they love showing off for the neighbors when we are in the front lawn. (I live in the city) My little Willow is black and Ivy is F+W. Willow is definitely the calmer and Ivy is the most adventurous. I am planning to train them with mittle harnesses soon to prep them for diaper wearing. The purpose is that they will be indoor/outdoor combo ducks. Ivy is a little pigeontoed at the moment so I am planning to supplement their water with a little Niacin, hopefully that will help. Hahaha, that's funny about Flippy! Is she a Runner?
     

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