Chocolate Runner Ducks
The Chocolate Runner Ducks are the warm, brown variant of the Indian Runner Family. The Chocolate Indian Runner duck has an active disposition, constantly searching the earth for bugs and pests. The Chinese have used Indian Runner ducks in the rice fields as pest control against bugs for hundreds of years.
While the Chocolate Runner is energetic, it is not capable of prolonged flight. They have a very strong flock mentality, which can sometimes cause larger groups of Chocolate Runner ducks to act in a frenzied manner if startled. This provides for an entertaining yet sensitive and emotional pet.
Like other Runner hens, the Chocolate Runner hen can compete with the most effective egg laying chicken hens. They yield between 100 and 300 eggs per year.
For show purposes, the Chocolate Runner duck should not be too large, but should have strong legs and a smooth running stride. The Chocolate Runner duck may develop white aging feathers like any other dark colored duck, but for the most part will retain its deep chocolate plumage. This entertaining and energetic animal is a very useful addition to a flock as an exotic and unique pet.