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Indian Runner Duck Care

What is an Indian Runner duck?

The Indian Runner duck is an uncommon type of duck that is often domesticated. It originates from the Indonesian islands of Lombok, Java, and Bali. These ducks are similar to penguins in that they stand erect and do not fly. Instead of waddling that is typical of most ducks, the Indian Runner ducks run.

Indian Runner ducks do not typically build nests and drop their eggs wherever they are at the time. The eggs are usually a greenish-white color but their color can vary. In general, Indian Runner Ducks will grow to be 20-30 inches and weigh about 3-5 pounds.

Individuals seeking information about Indian Runner duck care or diseases may often run into questions similar to those answered below by Experts.

What might cause an Indian Runner Duck to become immobile?

An Indian Runner duck may become immobile if it is being egg bound. This can occur if the duck was previously laying eggs and now has stopped. You may check by feeling the rear abdomen of the duck for a possible egg. If there is an egg you may help by placing a lubricant on the egg and also placing the Indian Runner Duck into a warm water bath for 15 minutes. This may help the duck pass the egg. If no egg is seen, a visit to the veterinarian may be needed to see if in fact the duck is egg bound. Being egg bound can be life threatening if not treated either naturally or with help.

What is bumblefoot in an Indian Runner duck?

Bumblefoot is an infection that can be found on the bottom of a bird’s foot including the foot of the Indian Runner Duck. Bumble foot can be painful and lead to infections of the surrounding soft tissues. The bacterium that is most problematic in bumblefoot is often a staphylococcus species.

If bumblefoot is a result of a foot trauma then keeping control of the infection and managing the pain may be enough treatment. However, if it is a secondary infection to another disease then the symptoms of bumblefoot may recur even after it is treated.

What can be done at home for an Indian Runner Duck if it is opening and closing its beak when breathing?

It's possible that the Indian Runner duck is experiencing a respiratory infection if it is opening and closing its beak when breathing. The most important part of home treatment is to keep the duck warm. When birds have an increase in their body temperature it helps them to fight infections. Since a respiratory infection of some kind may be present, putting the duck in the bathroom while a hot shower is running may help with breaking up secretions and allowing easier breathing. The duck may also be put in a box and placed half on and half off an electric heating pad with medium heat. It may be necessary to see a veterinarian if antibiotics are needed. If visiting a vet is not possible, the duck may be given Tylan or Gallimycin to protect against any possible bacterial infection.

What might cause an Indian Runner duck to not lay an egg for at least four days?

An Indian Runner Duck that was laying eggs and is no longer laying eggs may have become broody. This is not uncommon when the duck’s maternal instinct kicks in and it thinks it should be sitting on a clutch of eggs versus just laying eggs. If the duck sits in the same place for a long period of time or if it makes noises such as grumbling when someone approaches, these may be signs that the duck is broody.

Having the right kind of information can be helpful when faced with circumstances that require Indian Runner Duck care. Experts can help answer how to best breed Indian Runner Ducks or what complications are most common with them. Get the answers quickly by asking an Expert today.

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