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Blue Runner Duck


Blue Runner Duck

All Runners were originally bred in Southeast Asia for high egg production and excellent mobility. There is evidence of their ancient ancestry from stone carvings in Java that are over 2000 years old. These ducks are still being used as they were then. Flocks of ducks are herded daily from field to field eating waste rice, weed seeds, insects, slugs and other bugs. They are then put in a bamboo pen at night where they lay their eggs and are released the following morning to clean other fields. During the course of their lives the ducks may cover hundreds of miles in their travels. Therefore, a hardy mobile duck is absolutely necessary – you will not find a better foraging duck than the Runner.

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Blue Runner Duck

Blue Runner Ducks are tall, slender waterfowl with an vertical stance. The Blue Runner Ducks, like other varieties of Indian Runner Ducks, have a slightly nervous temperament and tend to run clustered together as a group. Runner Ducks varieties include the Fawn and WhiteChocolateBlue and Black. The Chocolate and Black varieties will breed true, however the Blue will not as only 50% of the offspring of ducks and other waterfowl and poultry that carry a blue gene will be blue.

Runner Ducks are relatively small waterfowl (averaging just 3-4 pounds), good foragers and are a very interesting addition to any farm or homestead. Runner Ducks are good layers, averaging about 100-180 eggs per year. Runner Duck eggs are good sized, averaging 65-80 grams, and about 75% of Chocolate Runner Duck eggs will be bluish in color. Chocolate Runner Ducks have a good fertility rate (86%) but make poor/fair mothers to their ducklings.

Indian Runner Ducks were actually developed in Southeast Asia, not India, and bred for egg production and mobility. These uniquely appearing ducks — sometimes referred to as ‘Penguin Ducks’ or ‘Bottle Neck Ducks’ — have long, slender bodies and a vertical posture. Runners do not waddle like other ducks but move upright with a quick step.


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