Caring for Indian Runner ducks

Q. My name is Adam. I live across the street from a river in NJ. I have been living here for four years. The birds I mainly see are Canadian Geese and Mallards. Well about two months ago I saw a family of six ducks. They are really cute and friendly. I looked them up and they look exactly like Indian Runner Ducks. There are two white, two grey and two brown. My Wife and I feed them everyday. Egg Layer Pellets non-medicated. They and the Geese and Mallards really appreciate it! Anyway, I am trying to find out if they will be okay in this river? Will they be okay through the winter?

As far as I know they don’t fly? or migrate? I don’t know how they got here?

If you could steer me in the right direction, I would appreciate it.

Is a river a healthy environment for them or should I try to find some kind of sanctuary?

Sorry for all the questions, but I would love to do whatever is in their best interest!

Thanks in advance,
Adam

A. I hope this email gets to you in time to help those Indian Runner Ducks. You’re doing good feeding them the Egg Layer Pellets Non-Medicated – I’m sure they are all enjoying the meal.

To answer your questions as best as I can —

Anyway, I am trying to find out if they will be okay in this river? Will they be okay through the winter?

They like colder weather as opposed to hot weather anyway and can do just fine in ice. They just don’t like snow that much, but as long as they have food, they can deal with it.

As far as I know they don’t fly? or migrate? I don’t know how they got here?

That’s an interesting question. I could only assume they had once been someone’s pets (perhaps an ill-thought Easter present or something like that) that escaped and created a family. Maybe they are the second generation of escaped pets?

And you are right, Indian Runners cannot fly. As for migration – they are so domesticated, they do not have the urge to migrate. However, you should know that
because they cannot fly, they are susceptable to danger such as dogs, etc.

Is a river a healthy environment for them or should I try to find some kind of sanctuary?

They can survive just fine in a river as they are relatively hardy creatures. A sanctuary would always be the absolute ideal situation. Still, they’ll enjoy a river just the same.

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  1. Amy says:

    this posting was very helpful. I adopted a indian runner this spring and was worried about her well being come this winter. I am now confident that the home we’ve built for her outside will be okay. Thank you.

  2. Elizabeth Sorjanen says:

    I have two blue indian runners just hitting maturity. I am new to raising ducks. It os here fall in upstate new york. What is the best food to feed ducks in winter and produce health eggs? I was told to feed them just corn and scratch and some one said a mixture of cracked corn scratch and grower pellets. So any one out there answer my question on care for winter time

    • Laurie Luongo says:

      Hi I have 2 Indian runners and I feed them non-medicated turkey maintenance they are about 6 months old and I also live in upstate new york hoping the winter will be fine for them…Do you have just one?

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