Indian Runner Duck Natural History
On average they stand up around 20 inches (51 cm) and reach weights of 3 to 4.5 lbs.
Habitat and Distribution
This is a domesticated duck species which was selectively bred in various parts of Indonesia originally. They are thought to have been bred in a way which allows them to easily run standing vertically, making it easier to walk them to market.
The average lifespan of a pet or breeder animal is 8 to 10 years.
These birds are often fed on commercially available duck feed, however they also spend a lot of time foraging in grass for insects and worms.
Groups and Breeding
This duck lives well in large groups and depending on the climate they can often breed all year round, with females laying an average of 150 to 200 eggs per year.
This is a commonly kept domestic breed which has no threats of becoming a rare breed. The unusual way these ducks move about and their inability to fly well make them very popular pets.
Proof of this breeds long standing popularity comes from the Beatrix Potter character Jemmima Puddle Duck, most likely having been based on an Indian Runner (due to its upright posture, and reluctance to incubate her own eggs – something common amongst Indian Runners).
The Indian Runner Duck During Your Day Out in Kent
Our Indian runner ducks can be seen as you walk around the lake in front of the lions, jaguars and pumas.