Indian Runner Ducklings for sale. They are 1-2 weeks old, clean, they make nice pets and are solid layers. Asking for $5 each.
Indian Runner ducks are extremely active birds and in order to thrive, they prefer an open surrounding. Indian Runners are egg-laying birds. Many believe that they are the principle laying breed. However, the Khaki Campbell (a cross between wild Mallard, Rouens and the white Runner) was found to surpass all other breeds in trials.
In size they weigh from 1,5 kg to 2,2 kg, (male) drakes being heavier than (female) ducks. Accordingly, they do not require the same food intake as larger breeds. Added to this is the benefit that birds will forage for a considerable amount of their daily intake under leaves and other hiding places.
Good strains of Indian Runners will lay well in excess of 200 eggs each year. It was these egg-laying capabilities that first brought it fame. These eggs are white in colour and around the size of a hen's (approximately 70g).
The main feature of the breed is its upright body. In 'ideal' birds, this should be in excess of 65 degrees, more for show purposes. When startled, they will assume an almost perpendicular stance. Drakes tend to be between 70 - 80cm with ducks smaller at 60 - 70cm. They have very long necks, giving the appearance of a bottle of wine!
They require less water than other breeds. All that is often needed is a tub in which they can immerse their heads and dabble.
The main colours are as follows:
Black - metallic black with green sheen; black bill and legs
White - pure white with orange bill and legs
Chocolate - dark chocolate plumage with black bill and legs
Fawn - body colour a warm even fawn with the drake having a head and neck of bronze colour tinged with green. The bill and blacks are black
Fawn & white - sections of fawn and white with the drake having cap and cheek markings of bronze green. Legs and feet are orange-red whereas the bill is 'cucumber' in the drake and green-yellow in the drake.
Of course there can be many variations on the above colourations: these are the colours listed by the British Poultry Standards for exhibition purposes. In time, the birds will interbreed if left to their own devices, so for showing it is essential to confine the birds at breeding time.
The breed has a more nervous disposition than the heavier type of duck and they need to be handled carefully if they are to remain docile enough for exhibiting.