How to Look After Indian Runner Ducks
Indian Runner ducks are amongst the most distinctive of all ducks - they are certainly a little unique in comparison to other members of the duck family. These fascinating ducks make for great domesticated birds, but there are certain steps you need to take to provide appropriate care for Indian Runners.
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Indian Runner Duck Care Guide
- As with most ducks, Indian Runners are generally relatively hardy and fairly resistant to some of the common diseases that can afflict most members of the poultry family. Therefore, the care an Indian Runner owner needs to offer is minimal aside from providing adequate shelter and protection and regular feeding.
- Indian Runner ducks cannot fly, so in terms of housing these birds, there's little need to worry about the height of an enclosure. However, these ducks will require plenty of space as they are an active breed, forever foraging along the floor and splashing around in water, and with a tendency to run rather than waddle. As a rule of thumb, it's best to provide as large a pen or enclosure as space affords.
- In terms of duck pen security, you'll need to fox and rat proof the pen as these two predators can cause all sorts of chaos if they manage to gain access to the enclosure. Sensible wiring and netting can help keep these invaders out. Try and keep the pen in an area which has access to good sunlight and avoid building on a slope, as the enclosure may become waterlogged on a regular basis. Provide plenty of water dishes so these ducks can splash around during the day and keep cool in the summer.
- Bedding for Indian Runner ducks should be warm and dry. An enclosure can be built over solid ground, but in this scenario it's best to scatter wood shavings or straw bedding so these ducks can enjoy a comfortable existence. For health reasons, it's important to introduce fresh bedding every now and then.
- Finally, in terms of feeding, Indian Runner ducks will be more than happy to forage for their own food in the form of slugs, worms and other insects. However, you should supplement nutritional with mixed duck feed, which can be found at all good pet supply stores. And yes, it's perfectly ok to feed ducks bread from time to time.
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