Hatching February to November
Runner Ducks are one of the most unusual and striking fowl that one could find in a backyard flock. They hold themselves extremely upright with a tall and penguin-like posture. These pure black birds have a greenish-olive sheen and look particularly striking as a small group in the garden. Black Runner Ducks have brown eyes and dark coal-colored feet, legs, and bill.
Production: Runner Ducks are very excellent egg-laying ducks and can outlay many breeds of chickens. One can expect 100 to 180 eggs per year from Runner Ducks. Besides their egg-laying abilities, Runner Ducks are often incorporated into a small farm for insect control. They do not have broody tendencies.
Temperament: Black Runner Ducks always appear busy and industrious. They are energetic ducks, actively foraging throughout the entire day. They can be put to use as a sustainable and purposeful insect management team. This makes them a nice option for helping out in organic gardens and farms. They can be a bit nervous and high-strung, but they do herd very well. They make a good show and pet bird as well.
History: The Runner Duck is an ancient poultry breed. Although they were first imported into Europe and Great Britain in the 1500s, Runner Ducks already had a very ancient history in Indonesia and Southeastern Asia. They were raised and bred for both egg production and for controlling pests in the rice paddies. Black Runner Ducks were admitted into the APA in 1977.
Conservation Status: Recovering
Weight: Males 4.5 lbs; Females 4 lbs.
APA Class: Light Duck