The Indian Runner duck is extraordinary and an odd-looking breed of duck.
The Indian Runner is a lightweight breed of ducks. They have a body and a long neck.
Their neck has prompted the description of a ‘wine-bottle’. They have a slim head with eyes and their bill is right.
This Indian Runner duck’s legs are set far back on their bodies, resulting in this breed’s vertical carriage appearance. Some Indian Runner ducks stand upright when agitated.
But their carriages have been 45 to 75 degrees above the horizontal.
Their height (from crown to tail tip) ranges from 50 cm (20 inches) from little females to approximately 76 cm (30 inches) from the taller males. The drakes have a curl on the tip of their tails.
However, the ducks have flat tails. Until they are fully mature, and it is rather difficult to find out the ducks and drakes.
The Indian Runner duck appears in several color forms than some other breeds of domestic duck.
14 varieties are known from the British Waterfowl Standards. Which are Apricot Dusky, Apricot Trout, Black, Blue Blue Trout White, Fawn, Mallard, Silver, Trout, and Cumberland Blue.
And 8 varieties are acknowledged to the American Poultry Association’s Standard of Perfection.
APA recognized color varieties include Fawn, Black, Buff, Chocolate Blue, Gray, Penciled, White.
The typical bodyweight of the Indian Runner duck is between 1.4 to 2 kg. Along with also the drakes are bigger than the ducks. The typical bodyweight of the drakes is between 1.6 and 2.3 kg.
What are Indian Runner ducks used for?
Runner ducks are useful birds. They’re egg layers that are exceptional. They are primarily stored as an egg-laying duck breed and will also be great for natural pest control.
The Indian Runner duck is a really lively and docile breed of duck. They are excellent foragers and are great for organic pest control.
They often cover a huge area in search of seeds, insects, slugs, snails, and other edibles while foraging. They’re always in a rush.
Indian Runner duck is a great egg layer and can outproduce any poultry in a number of eggs laid annually. They generally lay up to 250 eggs per year.
But the top of them is able to put up to 300 eggs each year. Their eggs can vary in color but are often greenish-white in color.
Indian Runner duck requires less amount of water as compared to other duck varieties.
And they can get by with only a bathtub of water to dunk their heads. They can be rather jumpy occasionally, but generally have a nature that is great.
And they are average concerning noise level.
The average life span of an Indian Runner duck is about 8-12 years.
Where are Indian runner ducks from?
The strain is indigenous to the Indian-sub-continent and has been found on the islands of Bali, Java, and Lombok.
Though their title is ‘Indian Runner duck’, but there’s no evidence that they came from India itself.
They had been originated in the East Indies — Malaya, Lombok, and Java. The term ‘Indian’ may be fanciful, denoting a loading port of their transportation by ‘India-men’ sailing ships of the East India Company.
Such misname happened with a number of different strains of waterfowl imported into America and Europe.
For example, the African American sea (that is really not from Africa), the black East Indian duck (which is really not out of India), and the Muscovy duck (which is actually not from Moscow).
The Indian Runner duck has evidenced by Javan Temple’s carvings that were early. This suggests the Indian Runner type ducks existed in Indo China.
People in this field have been climbing ducks for centuries. They trained their ducks to forage to the paddy fields and look for grain, weed seeds, insects, larvae, snails, and small reptiles.
On the other hand, the Indian Runner duck became popular in Europe and America as a fantastic egg laying duck breed, towards the end of the 19th century. It’s recorded that the Indian Runner duck was imported to the United Kingdom.
But it was known as the ‘Penguin Duck’, largely because of their incredible upright stance.
The breed is recognized by the British Waterfowl Standards and the Standard of Perfect of the American Poultry Association.
Today the Indian Runner duck is raised for their egg production. And lots of modern snowball strains have been produced in the Indian Runner duck. Abacot Ranger, Khaki Campbell, Welsh Harlequin, etc. are good examples.
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