Indian Runner hatching eggs will become available in March/April through to July for 2020. We are currently taking pre-orders for both ducklings and hatching eggs.
Wild Acres located in Armstrong, BC, Canada sells Indian Runner ducks, hatching eggs and ducklings in mixed/assorted colours. We ship Indian Runner hatching eggs across Canada by Xpresspost. Indian Runner ducklings are available for shipping to select ACE Courier Depots in BC or for pick up at our farm. We do not ship ducklings to Vancouver Island.
Wild Acres Indian Runner ducks are a mixed coloured free range breeding flock that runs together in the field and consists of both utility and show lines. Therefore we cannot guarantee show quality or specific colours for ducklings or hatching eggs. Ducklings are sold unsexed (50% male/50% female) shortly after hatching.
Ducks and geese are less prone to most common poultry diseases and parasites. Our waterfowl flock free ranges daily and they are healthy and long lived birds.
Showing Indian Runner Ducks
Our ducks are not housed with added light during the winter so they stop laying in the fall, have a break and they will start laying again in March sometime. 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. Even it they were all show stock and all the same colour we would be picky about which ones would make the cut. A poultry and waterfowl show is 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 then 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.
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. They are shy and therefore they will not harm other animals or people. They do not fly and prefer to run together in groups. I would suggest at least 3-4 or more. You can hold them but they will not run after you like goslings would. 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 then 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 non-medicated chick starter for up to 3 weeks and then switched to grower pellets. Of course, they should be given calcium and protein-rich food such as pellets and wheat, especially during the extensive laying season.
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 the field 365 days a year in all types of weather.
Indian Runner ducks are easy to please and they are happy with a clean bucket of water and a doghouse to sleep in. They look like funny little penguins and they can be very entertaining to watch!
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 ducklings $15 each
Minimum order of 8-10 ducklings for shipping
via Ace Courier Depots to select locations in BC only.
We do not ship ducklings to Vancouver Island.
Fertile eggs $5 each /$60 dozen
plus $6 packaging fee and Xpresspost shipping costs.
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
Colours and Stock Lines
We have both show stock (Holderread Waterfowl lines) and colourful utility stock that free range and run together in our field from three different breeders. We prefer to have the vigour and egg laying lines included in our flock too. They are a colourful free ranging flock and we cannot guarantee specific colours with hatching eggs or for ducklings. 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 lay their eggs in the same nesting areas so the ducklings hatch out in a diverse and colourful bunch.
The Indian Runner Background
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. They were driven out to rice paddies and fields during the day to glean scattered grain, weed seeds, snails, insects, larvae and small lizards. The Indian Runner’s wings are very small, eliminating its ability to fly. Indian Runners are hardy birds who are both very excitable and wonderfully social, with a strong urge to flock together. Runners have a delicious flavor similar to 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.
Indian Runner Duck Eggs
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 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 vary in lifespan from 4 – 12 years and their eggs take about 28 days to hatch. Drakes live longer than ducks, because they do not lay eggs. They live longest if given plenty of space to free-range to find some of their own food.
APA Standard Weights: Drake: 1.6 – 2.3 Kg, Duck: 1.4 – 2 Kg.