Questions about Indian Runner Ducks

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by CK Chickadilly, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    I am thinking about adding 3 females & was wondering what they are like. I read that they were about 3.5 - 4 pounds.

    I have 2 little 1 week old snowy mallards, 1 boy 1 girl. Will they get along?

    Any pictures would be fun to see too! [​IMG]

    & Any other info on the breed would be greatly appreciated.


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  2. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    The quality of runners from different places varies a lot. MAKE SURE YOU CAN SEE THE PARENTS. Otherwise your runner wont look very runnerish.

    Now Chrissy was free so I am not complaining, be she is a utility grade runner and not a good example of the breed.

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    They do tend to be a bit high strung, but I am finding Chrissy to be smarter than my other two knuckleheads (a khaki drake and a buff)
     
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  3. DuckyBoys

    DuckyBoys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2008
    Colorado
    Here is one of the runners I hatched out last year. They came from Golden Egg Farm. I got some real nice runners form Holderread's too, but they were all eaten by a fox. I'm pretty proud of this guy though - he's going to the fair this year. [​IMG] They are excellent layers - but they are super flightly - drives me up a wall.

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  4. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Now THAT is what a runner should look like.
     
  5. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    Very nice pics, thank you, they are cute! That khaki coloring is very pretty!

    What do you mean by flighty?

    Now I would be ordering them from the local feed mill & she gets them from Townline Hatchery in Zeeland (MI of course [​IMG] )

    I just want them for pets & entertainment. Are they silly too? like the snowy mallards?
    Thanks!
     
  6. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    Flighty = scared of their own shadows [​IMG]
     
  7. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    Too funny! [​IMG] (edited to ad) Are they friendly towards people or are they scared of them too?
     
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  8. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    If you get them as adults, it takes a long time for them to warm up to you. If you raise them from chicks, they can be very friendly.
     
  9. CK Chickadilly

    CK Chickadilly Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 11, 2008
    West Michigan
    I think they will be about 1 week old when I get them. I hope they will be friendly like the chickens are.

    I do notice that my little snowy mallard boy is a little more skiddish than the girl. Is that normal for a male to be more stand offish?
     
  10. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Duckyboys runner is more typical of what they should look like. There should not be a forehead per say. The top of the head will go into the bill. They walk straight up and down, with their tail down. The back should be about the width of four adult fingers put together. By the way... they are no longer called "Indian" runners, not politically correct. Just runners.
     

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