Day Old Indian Runner Ducklings
Hatching February to November.
Indian Runner ducks have a slender, upright stance. This enables Indian Runner ducks to move around much more quickly than most other duck breeds. Because of the Indian Runner duck's speed and herding instinct, Indian Runner ducks are often used for training sheep dogs. Indian Runner ducks are great foragers. They have a nervous temperament. Indian Runner Ducks are a domesticated species that exist in many parts of the world.
Any blue variety ordered from Purely Poultry may include chicks with black, blue or splash plumage patterns.Show Quality: Average
American Poultry Association Class: Light Duck Class
Livestock Conservancy Status: Watch
Production: Our Indian Runner ducks lay between 100-180 duck eggs per year. 70% of the duck eggs are bluish tinted. The eggs are 65-80 grams. The runner duck eggs are white, off-white, blue, or light green in colour and around the size of a large hen's egg .
Although the Indian Runner duck is an extremely fertile duck egg layer, it is not likely to sit on the duck eggs to hatch them. Incubation is 28 days. The Indian Runner duck does not need water for breeding. Our Indian Runner Ducks weigh between 3.25 û 4 pounds.
Type: Length: Male: 26-32 inches Female: 24-28 inches Runner Duck wings are very small, eliminating the ability to fly. With its upright carriage and bottle-shaped body, the Indian Runner Duck is one of the most identifiable breeds. Its body is long and cylindrical with sloping shoulders. Just like a bowling pin, the Indian Runner funnels gradually from body to neck to a small head with a wedge shaped bill. Its wings are small and close to the body, overlapping in the rear. The Indian Runner Duck as one would expect, runs rather than waddles. An extraordinary looking duck, it is characterized by an extremely short Femora, the thigh or upper bones of the legs, with consequence that their feet are not brought, as other ducks, under the middle of the body, but are placed much farther behind. This means that to bring the duck's centre of gravity over the point of support (its feet), the duck must assume an erect attitude.
Colors: We have the Fawn and White Runner Ducks are a mix of a fawn buff color and white.
Black Runner Ducks are all black with a green iridescence.
Blue Runner Ducks are all blue ducks with the incomplete genetics.
Chocolate Runner Ducks are a chocolate brown color.
Indian Runners also come in other colors that we do not carry such as white runners, Cumberland blue runners, grey runners, and trout runners.
History: Indian Runner ducks originally came from Indonesia in Southeast Asia. Like most domestic ducks, the Indian Runner is a breed developed from the wild mallard. Records of stone carvings in Java seem to suggest an origin of 2000 years ago or more. Indian Runner ducks were developed by Indonesian rice farmers for laying duck eggs and to control insects. The Indian Runner duck breed, it is thought, was first brought to Europe via Whitehaven, Cumbria in the United Kingdom, by a sea captain prior to 1835, as they were exhibited at the London Zoological Gardens by this date. Later imports were also made and by the end of the 19th century the breedÆs popularity had spread considerably. Indian Runner ducks were referred to as ôPenguin Ducksö by Dutch explorers and some of the early importers. In the Encyclopedia of Poultry by J. Stephen Hicks, it is stated that the true Indian Runner Duck were developed by a Mr. J. Donald of Wigton, Cumbria and it is from his original flock that the present day Indian Runner duck stock descend. The Indian Runners were admitted to the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection in 1898. Perhaps the biggest impact of the Indian Runner Duck has been on the creation of twentieth century Designer Ducks. Birds like the Khaki Campbell and the Buff Orpington are the direct result of crossing Indian Runners to other domestic breeds. The egg-laying potential liberated duck breeding in both commercial and exhibition stocks.
Books: The Indian Runner Duck: A Historical Guide (Feathered World, 2002). This runner duck book is obtainable from the Indian Runner Duck Association.
Standard Weights: Old Male 4.5 lbs, Old Female 4 lbs, Young Male 4 lbs, Young Female 3.5 lbs