Willows Waterfowl and Poultry in Essex sell free range Runner Ducks and all types of domestic ducks. Buy Runner Ducks starting from £20 each.
Why buy Runner Ducks?
Following on from our previous blog focusing on the cheeky little Call Duck, today we will be looking at the finer points of the Runner Ducks for sale at our farm in Essex. Amongst the most distinctive of all duck breeds – they are certainly a little unique in looks when compared to other members of the duck family. These fascinating ducks, with their kind sweet nature make for great domesticated birds and love to forage for worms and the like, so if you happen to have the odd slug or snail in your pocket you will have made a friend for life!
The origins of the Indian Runner Ducks and Bali Runner Ducks
The Indian Runner Duck originally came from the East Indies and as one would expect from their name, they run rather than waddle. They are unique in the extreme body shape and posture. The Indian Runner is reported to have first appeared in the UK in 1835 and they were originally called Penguin Ducks.
Sometimes called the Balinese Crested Duck or the Crested Runner Duck, the Bali Runner Duck is one of the oldest domestic duck breeds. As the name suggests, the Bali duck originally came from the beautiful island of Bali to the east of Java, and is usually uncommon outside of Bali.
Whats the difference between the two?
Bali Ducks are a lot like Indian Runner ducks in looks, except for the poof on top of their head. Their bodies are also a little different from an Indian Runner duck. Some people think Indian Runners originated from Bali Ducks.
How many eggs should i expect from my Runner Ducks
Your Runner Ducks lay large white or blue/green eggs quite prolifically, so you should expect up to a whopping 200 eggs a year… that’s a lot of omelettes!
Looking after your Bali and Indian Runner Ducks
If you buy domestic Runner Ducks, you will find that they, like most ducks, are relatively hardy and fairly resistant to some of the common diseases that can affect other members of the poultry family. So, happily you will find that the care of Indian Runner ducks and Bali Runner Ducks is quite minimal aside from your obvious responsibilities of care, which include providing adequate shelter and protection and of course regular feeding. Since Runner ducks cannot fly, there’s little need to worry about the height of an enclosure. However, since they are an active breed they will require plenty of space to waddle and forage and splash around in water, so give them as much space as you can.
- Place your pen on solid ground away from water logged areas where some direct sunlight will shine
- Secure your pen against foxes and rats
- Provide plenty of water dishes for splashing
- Bedding such as wood shavings or straw should be warm and dry and changed now and again
What do Runner Ducks eat?
Finally, in terms of feeding, the Runner Ducks we sell from our farm in Essex, will be more than happy to forage for their own food in the form of slugs, worms and other insects. However, you should supplement with mixed duck feed, which can be found at all good pet supply stores.
Buy free range Runner Ducks in Essex
The free range domestic Runner Ducks we sell at Willow Farm start at £20 each so If your looking to buy Runner Ducks or other breeds of Domestic ducks in Essex or Suffolk then please call us, we are happy to give you further information and advice about domestic ducks for sale at Willow Farm. We also sell point of lay Chickens, and a wide range of Large fowl Chickens, including Brahmas, Silkies and Hybrid Layers, you can also buy free range hatching eggs from our base in Felsted in Essex. We cover Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Dunmow, Felsted, Thaxted, Brentwood, Billericay, Witham, Maldon, Harlow, Saffron Walden, Halstead, Wickford, Cheshunt, Sawbridgeworth and Bishops Stortford.
Next time, taking a break from ducks, look out for… Why buy Chinese Geese?