Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
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
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
Call ducks are a gentle breed.
We absolutely love our call duck family. At first we were only supposed to get three ducklings, but the mother and father were available at the same time, so we took them all. Although the ducklings were only about a month old, the mother had already started laying eggs again. However, because we were keeping them in a pen on our porch, we think that she felt threatened and did not hatch them. Once we moved them to a more permanent enclosure with bushes and grass, she started laying again and is currently sitting on her eggs. She has about four active eggs, and she abandoned the other seven that were in the pen. The little ducklings are thriving in their new environment and are very friendly. They have learned to make noise when they want fresh grains and feed, or when their water is running low. These ducks do fly, so we have had to put a roof over their pen. We did not want the local predators to get to them. Our dog ( a yellow lab) really isn't good protection, but he doesn't bother the ducks either. They are beautiful birds and a real pleasure to watch as the forage for bugs and the grains we have scattered..
From H_s_richards Jun 8 2015 3:18PM
People call them 'Call ducks'
This breed of duck is one of my favorites when it comes to the poultry. They are not suitable for the commercial breeding but are perfect as an 'ornament' to your farm, yard, and elsewhere.
These semi-wild ducks are very fast, and efficient insect eradication. However, if your farm is close to neighbors, I recommend that you breed the males because the hens are pretty noisy. If you want to breed Call ducks, you must provide them a pool of water since they adore water areas as well as most of the other ducks. One of the main problems related to these ducks is they can get away from you. For that reason, you need to clip them one wing, and they will not fly away.
Generally speaking, these wonderful small ducks have a high fertility, and are quite easy to breed. They are people friendly, amiable with other poultry, entertaining, and don't need much space. As for the disadvantages I found, the hens are loud, can fly off, they are hatching, and messy as well..
From Jovo Jun 20 2016 10:56AM