How many you would not have met different ducks, but if you meet Indian ducks with Indian ducks, you will still be surprised. Appearance and behavior of this breed makes anyone smile. This breed will conquer any farmer-poultry farmer with its unusual appearance. However, apart from its unusual appearance, Indian runners are very promising breeds for breeding in private farmlands.
This breed originates from India. Over time, it was brought to other countries of the world, in particular, it prevails in the countries of South-East Asia. Indian runners refer to egg breeds of ducks. Despite this, they contain not only due to high egg production. The meat of this breed is a delicacy. Its main advantages are juiciness and not fat content.
Indian runners are not ducks of large sizes. However, her weight is enough to cook wonderful delicacies for an average family. The main distinctive feature of duck meat is the complete lack of taste of ducklings. Also, the protein in the eggs, these ducks do not contain cholesterol at all.
Externally, the Indian runner does not look like his relatives at all. In the people the ducks of this breed are called by the domestic penguin. This nickname was given to the ducks, thanks to the way they moved. After all, they move, holding the body in an upright position, and their running is somewhat like the movements of penguins.
External special characteristics of the breed:
– Bottlenose structure of the body;
– thin-skinned breed;
– large wedge-shaped beak;
– the bird’s breast is narrow and long;
– long paws. The color of the paws is orange;
– wings are short wings, close to the body;
– wedge-shaped, short, raised tail, does not touch the ground.
Fig.1 Indian slider
A duck of this breed flies very badly. The weight of a live bird is 1.75-2.5 kg. The color of the feathers of these ducks is diverse: white, brown, black, trout. During walking, the weft rests only on the front part of the foot. Indian runners breed with high egg production: from 140 to 280 eggs per year. The egg weight on the average is 65-70gram. Yaytsenoskost depends on the correct content. The egg shell is different: from white to light green. An excellent factor for breeding this breed is the fact that the runner can mate even when freezing.
Features of content and breeding
Breed Indian runner – this is the only egg breed. These ducks do not require special content. They are suitable conditions that apply to any other duck breeds. However, in some ways the content of Indian runners simplifies the work of poultry farmers, since the ducks of this breed do not need a pond. If, of course, the pond is built, but the duck does not deny himself the pleasure of swim in it. But if there is no pond, then the duck will suffice and an ordinary basin with water.
This type of reservoir does not affect the productivity of the ducks of runners. This is their main difference from other breeds of ducks. The lack of a reservoir negatively affects the productivity of ducks. Ducks of this breed run perfectly, and also graze the herd. They practically do not fly, but are very mobile. The timid breed, having sensed the danger, usually flees somewhere along the whole flock.
Fig. 2 Herd of ducks
These ducks are a pasture species of birds. They are not picky to the stern. Basically Indian runners are a quiet breed of ducks. However, having begun to smell the danger, the ducks begin to make noise. Also, Indian runners will make a noise to surprise their master, asking him about feeding. With its outwardly ridiculous appearance, an Indian runner will always cheer up. Ducks live peacefully with other birds.
The breed enjoys increased demand from Chinese and Vietnamese diasporas. Meat ducks breed Indian runner suitable for people with reduced immunity.
Duck breed “Indian runners”