Runners originated in costal regions of the Indo-Chinese Peninsula and
Southeast Asia Islands. They are the original herding ducks. Today most
people think of them as heavy egg producers.
relaxed they stand at a 45-75 degree angle. There bodies have a wine
bottle shape. They should have long graceful necks and no shoulders. When
at attention they should stand upright with their tails tucked between their
legs. They can often be quite comical running around the barnyard. Theyíre
always in a hurry.
birds are the darker chocolates, and the drakes have the beautiful green
sheens on their heads. These are not the crazy hyper runners either. My
youngest son uses them for showmanship. Iím looking to breed birds with
longer necks and a slimmer body type. Iíve added some blacks into the line
that have improved type.
We have also added whites. We have an outstanding line bred pair, and
we added another hen. The competition in whites is pretty tough. There are
some beautiful birds out there. I didnít add any height to my drakes this
year at all, but I gained about an inch with a few hens. Ryan had Best Light
Duck with his old drake, Mr. Cloud, at the 07 Ohio National Jr. Show.
We picked up a pair of gray runners at the 08 Ohio National. Ryan is
looking forward to these ducklings in the spring.