Indian Runners

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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.


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.


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

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           Vary friendly

- Anna, 16 March 2014

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.

           Friendly, calm content ducklings

- Laura, 25 August 2010

Service was brilliant, we were able to pick them up pretty much straight away. There was no hassle, ducklings have settled very much into their new home. We were able to see the mum and dad which was nice to see where they came from as well. We would definitely buy from this seller again.

           Indian Runners

- Tom, 26 July 2010

I have had my ducks for about 5 to 6 years now. My females do not seem to be laying too grandly for some reason! They are usually very nice, calm and relaxed . I also find them very lazy! Since I breed them I have a lot of knowledge on them, but I must say that they are easy to breed. THEY LOVE WATER

           Friendly little girl

- Alan, 30 June 2010

A lovely duck which brings a smile to everyones face that sees her, she mixes great with my Aylesburys and Campbells, wish I could get another but cannot find anyone where I live (North Northumberland) that I can collect from.

           Bossy sociable ducks

- Tess, 21 December 2009

I have 1 runner duck she lives happily in my group of 5 call ducks and bosses them about alot. They take longer to tame than other breeds and can be quite nervous however after a few weeks they will eat out of your hand and waddle over to you. They love eating bugs and are quite greedy. They can be smelly if not regularly cleaned. She only quacks when startled or hungry and mostly she is quiet.


Breeders Clubs for Indian runnerss

British Waterfowl Association



Tel: 01892 740212

Domestic Waterfowl Club



Tel: 01488 638014

Indian Runner Club

Tel: 01749 812758

Indian Runner Duck Association



Tel: 01270 623775

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