Call Duck Hatching Eggs


Call Ducks are a miniature or bantam size of normal ducks. They make good pets, because they are small, energetic and playful.

There are many different types of call duck hatching eggs and each type will delimit the color of the duck. Examples include pure white, chocolate, blue and gray. To find out more and to see photos, check out our range of fertile call duck eggs, below:

Call duck assorted colors 8 hatching Eggs

Call duck assorted colors 8 hatching Eggs

2 $8.00 1d 5h 42m
The Call Duck Breed Book by Dr. C. Darrel Sheraw

The Call Duck Breed Book by Dr. C. Darrel Sheraw

- $20.00 6d 9h 43m

Call Ducks


Originally from the Far East, Call Ducks are miniature size ducks. In Europe they were first introduced into the Netherlands. This bantam variety of ducks was developed to act as decoy and call in the wild ducks. Their high pitch voice was perfect to confuse other ducks and lure them into funnel traps. Later they were used during hunting to attract other animals too. It was introduced in England sometime around the middle of the 19th century. In the United States, these birds were included in the Standard of Perfection by the American Poultry Association in 1874. Since then it has grown in popularity and today these lovely little birds are mainly used for decorative purposes in shows and also kept as pets.

Characteristics

The Call Duck, as mentioned earlier, is quite small and a fully-grown Call Duck would weigh at around 1 lbs. They have a bowl shaped body and appear rather plump. Their head is small and round with a tiny flat beak. They have two extremely small legs almost hidden by their plump body. It has a high pitched voice that could be heard from a distance and was perfect for calling in the wild ducks, for which it was primarily developed. The Call Birds come in a variety of colors. These would include white, blue, gray, buff, khaki, chocolate, butterscotch, pastel, snowy, spot and black and white magpie. These are all the standard colors of the Call Birds. Non-standard colors would include blue fawn, cinnamon, crested, nutmeg and self black. Not known for egg production, a Call Duck would on an average lay anything between 25 and 75 eggs in a year.

Breeding and Caring

Calls being small and hardy waterfowls are easy to be taken care of. But before you start to rear the birds you would want to breed them. And there in lies a little bit of an issue. As we have mentioned earlier, Call Ducks lay only a small number of eggs and hence the chances of having fertile hatching eggs is automatically small. Added to that we must also remember that the Calls we see today have been developed from Mallards which have a long body and a long beak, quite different from what the Calls are. Hence, the breeding and hatching such a fowl is somewhat more difficult than in other cases. All you need is a good stock and a lot of patience. But the great thing is that you will never be disappointed when you get the results.

When you choose ducks to breed you have to be aware of a few things. The ducks that have till lately won shows have been small and plump. They may be championship winning material but their size often does not allow them to breed properly. Choose ones which are slightly larger and are well-rounded.

To care for these birds is easy. Since they are small they will not take up too much space. But to help them stay safe from vermin, make an enclosure. This will allow them to move about freely and be merry. As far as food goes they need duck pellets and whole wheat. Ducks like to drink and swim in the water. Since these are small ducks even a sink would do.