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Cumberland Blue Indian Runner Duck
Indian Runners are an unusual breed of domestic duck. They stand erect like penguins and rather than waddling, they run! The females usually lay about 150 – 200 eggs a year. These ducks do not fly and only rarely form nests and incubate their own eggs. They run or walk, often dropping their eggs wherever they happen to be.
The ducks vary in weight between 1.4 and 2.3 kg (3-5 lbs). Their height (from crown to tail tip) ranges from 50 cm (20 inches) in small females to about 76 cm (30 inches) in the taller males. The eggs are often greenish-white in color, but these too vary.
Indian Runners love foraging. They also like swimming in ponds and streams, but they are likely to be preoccupied in running around grassy meadows looking for worms and slugs, even catching flies. They appreciate open spaces but are happy to live in gardens where they are easily suited as they make much less noise than call ducks. Only the females quack while drakes are limited to a hoarse whisper. Runner ducks eat less than big table ducks and are happy with basic pellets that provide their dietary needs.
Indian Runners live in the Archipelago of the ‘East Indies’, Indonesia. Although their name suggests; there is no evidence that they originally came from Indian itself! Like many other breeds of waterfowl imported into Europe; the term 'Indian' may well be fanciful, denoting a loading port or the transport by 'India-men' sailing ships of the East India Company.
The breed is unusual not only for its high egg production but also for its upright stance and variety of colours. At Pear Tree Poultry, we keep fawn and white pied and Cumberland blue.
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