Call Duck

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Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus

The basics:
The Call duck is the smallest breed of domestic duck. The original job of the Call Duck was to attract wild ducks for hunters with their call. They were tied out in fields as duck decoys. According to the Call Duck Association UK, "Named from the Dutch word kooi, meaning ‘cage’ or ‘trap’, decoy ducks have been used for centuries in Holland and Britain to lure wild ducks into mesh structures (decoys). Two key characteristics led to their modern development: they had to be highly vocal (hence ‘call’ ducks) to attract the wild ducks, and they had to be small and thus easy to carry. It was the Dutch decoys that introduced the characteristics so prized in these birds."

Varieties: Apricot, Bibbed, Black, Blue, Blue Fawn, Butterscotch, Dark Silver, Magpie, Mallard, Pied, Silver, White and many more
Uses: Exhibition, Pets
Personality: Very friendly, active and social
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or large pen
Capable of flight: Yes
Broody: Yes
Noise Level: One of the noisiest breeds
Egg production: Fair
Egg color: White, Blue, Green, Tinted
Meat production: Poor, due to small size

What else you should know:
Health issues vary amongst certain bloodlines of exhibition quality call ducks. Speak to your breeder to verify health concerns and ways to handle them, or prevent them from occurring.


good slugeater, small children, cute personalities, duck eggs, reliable egg layers, gentle breed


easy prey, constant quacking, fairly loud noise, night prowlers, permanent enclosure


pond, fantastic mothering instincts

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