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    Indian Runner Facts

    ArticleThursday 09 December 2010
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    The Indian Runner Duck is a unique breed famed for its unusual appearance in relation to other members of the duck family - it has an erect, upright posture and an elongated neck, and tends to run, rather than waddle like other ducks.

    Learn five fascinating facts about Indian Runner ducks below.

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    1. Indian Runner ducks do not actually originate from India - it's thought that the breed first developed on the Indonesian islands of Java, Lombok and Bali, where they proved popular at market for both egg production and for sale as meat. Indian Runner ducks cannot fly, and instead use their impressive ability to run as their primary attribute.

    2. It's fascinating to watch Indian Runner ducks from a distance, as they love nothing more than to forage and explore - especially when it comes to uncovering their favourite prey, which includes worms and slugs. An Indian Runner duck will splash around in ponds and streams, but will primarily scrutinise grassy areas to find hidden treats.

    3. These ducks are an ideal choice if you have always dreamed of keeping ducks and own a small garden. As these ducks cannot fly, they are unilkely to be able to escape a secure environment, and they also make far less noise than call ducks  - making them the perfect solution if you are worried about upsetting the neighbours.

    4. The breed is unusual in duck family for its high egg production - sometimes signifcantly more than other duck breeds. A female Indian Runner duck can typically produce around 150-200 duck eggs a year - and in some cases, even more.

    5. The colourisation of this breed can vary dramatically, so if you're looking to wow friends and family with your new ducks, it's certainly worth considering ducks from the Indian Runner family. These ducks have some of the most exotic plumage of any breed, and unusually amongst duck breeds, there is no 'standard' colour.

     

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