indian runner duck

Indian Runner Duck

Anas platyrhynchos indian runner


The Indian Runner is an easily identifiable breed of domestic duck. It has a long cylindrical body. Its legs are set far back on its body and as a result this duck stands nearly upright. There are 9 color varieties. The most common is the fawn and white variety, but other colors can include black, blue, gray, and pure white. Cosley Zoo exhibits black Indian Runners.


Indian Runners weigh 4 to 4.5 pounds. They have very small wings and, as a result, are unable to fly.



The ducks at Cosley Zoo are fed a commercially prepared waterfowl diet.


Female Indian Runners are prolific egg layers and can produce as many as 300 eggs per year. However, they do not often sit on their eggs to incubate them. People who raise Indian Runners typically use artificial incubators or place the eggs under another duck if they want them to hatch.

Shelter and Space Needs

Domestic ducks require easy access to fresh water for drinking and swimming. They also require a fence that keeps predators out and shelter from extreme weather conditions.

Life Expectancy

Uncertain for this breed. In general, ducks live an average of 2 years in the wild and can live over 10 years in captivity.

Relationship With Man

Indian Runners have been bred for their ability to lay eggs. In addition, they can be a source of meat and feathers. The Indian Runner is easy to handle and is often kept as a pet. These ducks are useful in gardens because they eat insects and slugs and provide natural fertilizer.

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