Indian Runner Duck

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Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus

Other common names: Runner Duck

The basics:
Indian Runner ducks are an ancient waterfowl that has been gleaning rice fields in Indo China for the last 2,000 years. Tall and fast-paced, these ducks are herded to different fields daily, to remove pests and weeds from farmers rice patties. At night, they sleep in bamboo pens for safety and in the morning the hens lay their eggs before marching off.

Indian Runners where introduced to Europe around the 1850s, from Indian traders. Thus, the birds where assumed to be from the Indies and named Indian Runners. It wasn't until 1909 that the birds where discovered to have come from Southeastern Asia.

Varieties: Apricot Dusky, Apricot Trout (Saxony), Black, Blue, Blue Dusky, Blue Trout, Buff, Chocolate, Cumberland Blue, Fawn, Fawn and White, Gray, Mallard, Pencilled, Silver, Trout, and White
Uses: Eggs, Ornamental, Pets, Pest Control, Weeding
Personality: Timid and active the Indian Runner prefers to forage. However, if handled in their youth they can make excellent pets.
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or a large pen
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 4 - 4.5 lbs
Broody: Rarely
Noise level: Below average
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Egg color: White, Green
Meat production: Okay, taste is similar to that of a wild duck

What else you should know:
Indian Runners are an easy and productive bred to raise. Their foraging ability cuts on feed prices, and they are light enough to not trample a garden.

Indian Runner hens should start laying around four and a half months. White eggs are the desired color, but occasionally green eggs do occur.


great egg producers, foragers, bug control, comical characters, smallholding, entertaining


winter, low meat, meat birds, dirtiest creature, flighty


herding, slender necks, blue colored runner, excellent blue eggs, truly ancient breed

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