We have five Indian Runner ducklings at Moon Meadow Croft. They were born around May 13, 2011 at Riverview Birds, Upper Stewiacke, NS. They arrived at the croft on June 1, 2011. They spent the first week in the basement while their outside home was being prepared.
Indian Runners are very unique in the duck world. They don’t waddle like regular ducks, but run upright. They are the neatest things to see race across the grass. Like the Muscovy ducks, we have never fed them medicated feed because it is poisonous to them. They were fed chick starter krum until they were seven weeks old, then they were switched to chick grower krum.
Currently, the Indian Runners live with the Muscovy ducks in a small house (for warmth during the night) inside a six foot by four foot pen. They are let out early in the morning and roam all over the yard until about nine o’clock at night when they are locked up to protect them from predators. A picture of the pen is on the Muscovy page.
Meet our Indian Runner Ducks (named by my children)
Jiggles: She’s the smallest of the flock, so we believe she’s a duck (female). She’s also the only black-feathered bird in the flock and has a heart-shaped white spot on her breast.
Wiggles: The next smalled duck which may indicate she’s a female.
Speckles: He’s the biggest Indian Runner in our flock, so we think he’s a drake.
Slick: It’s a medium-sized duck, white.
Spots: It’s a medium-sized duck, white.
More will be added as the ducks grow.