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Indian Runners Ducks

Indian Runners History

The Runner duck is one of the most easily recognisable ducks and has always been popular due to their charm, striking appearance and high egg production. It is the furthest shape from the traditional Mallard breed. The Runner arrived in the UK from Asia in the 1850s but it has been around for a lot longer. It featured in the hieroglyphics of ancient Javan temples and is one of the descendants of the traditional herding ducks of Indo-Chinese Peninsula. The Runner has been used to create new breeds such as the Khaki Campbell. Indian Runners have been voted Omlet\'s favourite duck.

Indian Runners Behaviour

These ducks are perhaps the closest thing you can get to a Penguin or a walking wine bottle. You can spend many happy hours watching these slender creatures patter around your garden. They generally need less water than other varieties and can get by with just a tub of water in which to dunk their heads. These birds have a good nature, but can be rather jumpy at times. They are average in terms of noise level.

Indian Runners Varieties

The standard varieties include White, Black, Buff, Chocolate and Gray although there are a wide range of other non-standard colours available.

Indian Runners Pictures

Dutch tufted duckling
Two lovely ducks.
Black ducks.
Ducks enjoying some water.
Trout Runner Chicks
A brown and white duck sat on grass in the sun
A close up image of a brown ducks bill
Lots of ducks including three indian runner ducks in a garden behind some netting
Indian Runner hen with her ducklings
white Indian Runner pair
Happy in our Classic Eglu
Fawn and White ducklings
Day old Fawn and White Indian Runner
Watt the white Indian Runner duckling at two days.
Watt at two days old.
Dave at 2 days old.
baby runner
happy trio
White runner duck
5 runner ducks
runner drake
Three Week Old Baby Blue Runner Duck
Two Week Old Baby Blue Runner Duck
Three Indian runner ducklings 6 days old
Indian Runner Drake
All in a Row
Indian Runners

Latest Reviews For Indian Runners (5 of 12)

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no eggs - Mac,

my duck timothy isn't laying any eggs. I don't know why he would not do it but i can't force him

looking to buy 1 male and 1 female - Donna,

i have 2 Indian runners and i love them

Excellent little characters - Bernie,

Came by this breed by chance, built a incubator for my school gcse and wanted to try it out and had two runners a Drake and a duck (teaching them to swim was a fun and messy time) the Drake cracks my up every time As for their hardiness by god there a tough bird, a dog got into my Drake and made a mess of him pulled out feathers and down and left him with a puncture wound and a 2cm gash under wing (I did not know of it at the time) my sister cleaned him up so I called the vet and I boxed him and took him to my flat ready for a vet visit in the morning, following advice for a supprised vet that he was still alive with this gash wound we had no idea about they patched him up gave him two shots of antibiotics, pain relief, stitches and glue on a wound however the vet didn’t think he would survive that night. he’s now doing very well and he is very happy again, and his age, well he is 8 years old, healthy and happy :) defiantly recommended this breed and if you can I recommend hatching and raising these ducks the experience is unexplainable, but remember to teach them to swim, heard of someone who didn’t and let’s say their ducks swim like a brick

my ducks - Vincent,

i breed Indian Runners and love them i spent a lot of time with them watching and learning ,,,its so interesting now have a bigger incubator and hatching more as my ducks lay eggs all year round i find they respond to my voice no matter how far from them i am

vary friendly - Anna,

i had 8 white and fawn indian runners and i am vary happy with them, they are super smart, and friendly, 2 of them even liked to snuggle. they all won blue ribbons at the fair, too. this is a nice 1st breed to have because they dont fly.

Breeder Clubs for Indian Runners

British Waterfowl Association



Telephone: 01892 740212

Domestic Waterfowl Club



Telephone: 01488 638014

Indian Runner Club

Telephone: 01749 812758