Penciled Call Ducks for sale
Juvenile call ducks from 2013 hatches.
Description: Call Ducks are a bantam breed, meaning they are especially small. Mostly people keep them as pets because they are just so darn cute. People who are interested in raising poultry for competitive reasons often choose Call Ducks as well. They were originally used as "decoy" ducks. Hunters used them to lure in wild ducks.
Production: Call Ducks are notoriously difficult to breed and hatch. Some people report keeping quite a large flock, but only successfully hatching a duckling every few years. Usually Calls will begin laying eggs in February, and how many eggs they lay will depend on whether or not they are collected. If you collect the eggs, one female may lay as many as 40 eggs in a season. If you leave the eggs hoping for natural incubation, the female will likely only lay 8-12 eggs. When multiple females are present, they may all lay eggs in the same nest.
The eggs are bigger than you might expect, and they are a bluish-green color. When placed in an incubator they usually take from 25-28 days to hatch, and hatching can take as long as 48 hours.
Temperament: Some ducks are shy, some are aggressive. The Call Duck is funny. One of the many reasons people love their Call Ducks is because they have entertainment value. They tame easily and are real charmers.
One word of caution, though. Call Ducks are noisy. They chatter and quack and are generally "talkative." If you have close neighbors you might not want to raise Calls!
History: There is a bit of mystery surrounding the Call Duck. Some things are certain: Calls were used by the Dutch for hunting. They were either trained or tethered on hunting expeditions and wild fowl were attracted by the vocalizations of the Calls. The name "Call" is derived from the Dutch word "kooi" which means "trap." Until the 1970s, Calls were fairly rare. That is not at all the case now, as they are one of the most popular ducks with competitive breeders. The mystery is the origination of the Call Duck. A well known writer, Van Gink, supposed in his book, The Feathered World, in 1932, that Calls may have been imported from Japan. Van Gink's opinion was based in part on the fact that Calls don't look like other European ducks and that other bantam breeds were imported to the Netherlands from the Far East in the 1600s, when Calls first appeared. Other than that, there is no real evidence that Calls originated in Japan, the East Indies or China.
Colors: Color description: Penciled Call ducks are a relatively rare color variety. They have not been accepted into the APA or ABA standard yet, but often attract attention at poultry shows due to their unique coloring. Penciled Call ducks are patterned after penciled Runner ducks, and the color pattern is striking on such a small bird. Both the male and female should have a cap and two cheek patches just like a Runner duck, but like a Runner duck, the amount of coloring on a Call duck’s head can vary. Some Calls hatch missing one or both cheek patches. Also, the amount of coloring (white) on Call duck’s body can vary greatly. Since there is so much variation in the coloring of birds, when you breed two ideally colored Penciled Call ducks together you can get; ideally colored offspring, over colored offspring (too much white), or under colored (less white than desired) offspring. So when breeding penciled Call ducks you can breed ideally colored birds together or breed over colored birds with under colored and still get properly colored offspring. In purchasing these pairs, you will get birds that complement each other.
Body Type: Calls are small and round. In fact, the smaller and rounder, the better. Their bills are sometimes described as "tiny" and their bodies should look plump.
American Poultry Association Class: Bantam Duck Class