Wild Acres located in Armstrong, BC, Canada raises and sells Indian Runner ducks, hatching eggs and Runner ducklings in mixed/assorted colours. We ship Indian Runner hatching eggs to BC, YT, AB, SK, MB and ON, Canada by Xpresspost. Our ducklings are picked up at our farm gate during May and June on Sunday by appointment on afternoons as we no longer ship livestock.
Indian Runner Ducks are on the (Recovering) list:
Runner or Indian Runner Duck – The Livestock Conservancy
Wild Acres Indian Runner ducks have been breeding on our farm since we started in 2012. They are a colourful free ranging breeding flock that runs together in the field and consists of a mixture of utility and show lines. Therefore, some of our ducks stand more upright than others. We cannot guarantee show quality or specific colours for ducklings or hatching eggs.
When we fill orders for customers, we will set about a dozen duck eggs and you will get what hatches as they share the same nesting boxes. Ducklings are sold unsexed (approx. 50% male/50% female) shortly after hatching.
Waterfowl are less prone to most common poultry diseases and parasites and are very hardy in cold and wet weather. Our waterfowl flock free ranges daily through-out the year. They are healthy and long-lived birds.
Showing Indian Runner Ducks
Our ducks are not housed with added light or heat during the winter, so they stop laying in the fall, have a break and they will start laying again in March when the natural light increases. We prefer to give all our birds a break as we feel it is better for their well-being and the health of our flock.
We hatch many ducks before we pick and choose a couple for showing. Poultry and waterfowl shows are a competition so not all birds in your flock will make the cut. It is better to be very picky as you can be certain that the judges will be.
Health, feather quality, height, stance, colour, beak colour, a slim body, the curl in the tail feathers and age as well as other APA standards are all contributing factors. Usually, younger birds do better than older birds in a show. Older birds age, molt and have to compete with younger birds in a flock, unless they are kept separate and pampered.
The first records of them being in an exhibition were in 1877 at the Dumfries Show in Scotland. In 1898 they were admitted into the American Standard Registry.
Keeping Indian Runner Ducks
Indian Runner ducks are egg laying ducks. Our mixed flock of Indian Runner ducks run in a small field with chickens, turkeys and geese. The Indian Runner’s wings are very small, eliminating its ability to fly so fencing height is not as much of a concern when it comes to keeping them in. They waddle and or run in the same manner as a penguin.
Indian Runner ducks are hardy birds who are both very excitable and wonderfully social, with a strong urge to flock together. They do not fly and prefer to run together in groups. They are also shy ducks and therefore they will not harm other animals or people.
I would suggest purchasing at least 4 ducklings or more as they are definitely flock birds. You can hold them, but they will not run after you like our goslings do. Although, some of our customers that spend lots of time with them say they do greet them and run around with them while they do chores.
If you are looking for consistent winter egg production in cold climates than ducks, like chickens, must be exposed to a minimum of 13 to 14 hours of light daily. During the short days between September and April, laying birds need supplemental lighting in most areas of the Northern Hemisphere.
The best thing about Indian Runners is that this duck breed eats less in the way of grain and pellet supplement than big table ducks. Ducklings can be fed waterfowl feed or non-medicated chick starter for up to 3 weeks and then switched to grower pellets. Our adult ducks enjoy eating insects (including wasps), greens, grains such as wheat and pelleted food along with grit and oyster shell.
Runner ducks are hardy and easy keepers. They are easy to raise and require minimal protection from the elements and disease. They are very good at foraging, and don’t eat as much as the heavy ducks. They love the cold and will stay outside in the snow much longer than chickens as they have over twice the number of feathers as chickens.
They love running around our fields 365 days a year in all types of weather. At night we lock our waterfowl up in an enclosed pen to protect them from predators. They have a pen that provides shelter from the wind and an enclosed coop, shed or doghouse for them to sleep in.
Indian Runner ducks are easy to please and they are happy with a clean bucket of water or water tub. However, typical chicken waterers aren’t deep enough for adult waterfowl. To keep their nostrils and eyes clean, they need to be able to dunk their entire head into the water. We add some apple cider vinegar to our waterfowl waterers every so often to disinfect them and help with digestion. Do not add apple cider vinegar to metal waterers or they will rust.
Indian Runner Ducks are on the Livestock Conservancy’s Priority List.
Sorry, we do not sell just female ducks or ducklings.
We only sell straight run/unsexed day-old ducklings shortly after they hatch.
We no longer ship ducklings. They are gate sales only.
Canadian National Poultry Show, Armstrong, BC 2017 Champion Light Duck; White Runner Young Duck: Champion Light Duck Overall & Reserve Champion Waterfowl.
White Indian Runner Drake- Interior Provincial Exhibition 2017 Champion Waterfowl
Reserve Champion Duck at the Interior Provincial Exhibition in 2016
Wild Acres Indian Runner ducks are a colourful mixed breeding flock that has been living together since 2012 in a free-range environment. Our stock is a mixture of show stock from Holderread Waterfowl lines www.holderreadfarm.com and two lines of utility stock.
“Dave Holderread is an author of several books and has enjoyed raising and studying domestic geese and ducks continuously since 1961. This is a good article that he wrote for Backyard Poultry: “How to Raise Ducks in Your Backyard-A Duck Farming Guide for Beginners” https://backyardpoultry.iamcountryside.com/poultry-101/how-to-raise-ducks-in-your-backyard/
We cannot ship just show quality Holderread eggs as our ducks are not separated during our breeding season. We prefer to have the vigor and egg laying utility lines included in our flock too. Therefore, we cannot guarantee specific colours with hatching eggs or for ducklings. You get what is laid when you buy hatching eggs or what hatches in our small batches.
Our Indian Runner flock is a mix of colours including white, trout, pencil, black, chocolate, blue and some are of mixed colouring. Most of them tend to choose a mate that is the same colour but sometimes they don’t. They all share the same nesting areas and lay their blue or white eggs. The ducklings that hatch out are a diverse and colourful bunch. Some ducklings will stand more upright than others, but they are all Indian Runner ducks.
The Indian Runner History
Indian Runners have a long history as evidenced by ancient Javan temple carvings indicating that Runner-type ducks existed in Indo China 2000 years ago. Indian Runner ducks were bred by ancient farmers in Asia to stand more upright than other duck breeds to allow them to cover ground quickly when keeping the farmer’s rice paddies to glean scattered grain, weed seeds, snails, insects, larvae and small lizards. You will not find a better foraging duck than the Runner.
Indian Runner Duck Eggs and Meat
The Runner is the “Leghorn” of the duck breeds for eggs and a veritable egg-machine when properly handled. Standard Indian Runners lay between 180-230 or more blue or white eggs per year depending on their line but some Holderread Indian Runner lines can lay up to 300 eggs per year as he bred for both looks and egg laying capabilities. Runners lay an egg exactly one-half larger than the standard size of hens’ eggs. Their eggs have a harder shell, so they don’t break as easily as chickens do and they are better for baking. Many people that are allergic to chicken eggs can eat duck eggs.
Duck eggs have more nutrients per ounce than chicken eggs. They have 500% more Vitamin B12, 30% more Vitamin E, 150% more Niacin, over 100% more Iron, 60% more Potassium, 40% more Magnesium, etc. Duck eggs are also higher in the valuable Omega-3 fatty acids: 71.4 milligrams vs. 37 milligrams per chicken egg. Duck eggs have more lipids in them making them richer, which chefs love for baking, custards, creme brulee, mayonnaise etc.
Runners have a delicious flavor like wild duck and with enough flesh on them to feed two people. It is also reported that their meat is less fatty than other duck breeds.
Runners vary in lifespan from 4 – 12 years and their eggs take about 28 days to hatch. Our flock ranges in age from 1-9 years of age. Drakes live longer than ducks, because they do not lay eggs. They live longest if given plenty of space to free range and opportunities to find some of their own food.
APA Standard Weights: Drake: 1.6 – 2.3 Kg, Duck: 1.4 – 2 Kg.