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caring for a call duck

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Picked up a small white call duck at auction sooo cute. Can I treat him or her how do you tell, like a chicken with more water or do I need something special? Right now he is in my bathtub. gotta get him out before DH gets back. lol

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I raise call ducks.  They're pretty hardy little ducks.  How old is yours?  They are very good flyers so you'll need to keep him where he can't fly away...especially until he knows his new home.  They really do better as a flock, so if you could get him another call duck that would be good.  Depending on the age if it's a male he may or may not have gotten his drake curl.  Females are VERY loud quakers while the males just do a little raspy noise.

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I'm a Farmer/Rancher  Wife,Mom & Grandma  No Farms, No food. 
If you want house chickens and ducks in diapers then this is the forum for you.
I've got 50+ years of poultry experience, but this 'poultry' forum isn't for me anymore.
If you're going to complain about farmers, don't do it with a full belly or a mouthful.
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post #3 of 6

Some source of bathing water is needed. You can feed them pellets and scratch. I feed all my birds the same pellets because my pellets are meant towards every breed of fowl you can imagine lol.

Note: They can be VERY loud... tongue

~Haley
45 chickens; 12 Geese; 17 ducks; 5 turkeys; 3 pheasants;  1 duckling.  - 5 peacocks; & 8 poults
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~Haley
45 chickens; 12 Geese; 17 ducks; 5 turkeys; 3 pheasants;  1 duckling.  - 5 peacocks; & 8 poults
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post #4 of 6

Hold the duck under one arm, tap him/her on the head(may take several times) until you make it mad, (not hard enough to hurt it!) If he makes a hissing sound, he's a HE. If she makes a quake, she's a SHE.   Sounds stubid but, it works....   Not much different care than a chicken, just lots more water with which comes lots more of a mess! Hint...build a 2x4 platform about 2 feet square and cover it with 1/2 x 1/2 inch wire, place the water on top of this. It keeps the mess down. Call ducks are wonderful to have and will bring you lots of intertainment.

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Buff Orps.............Bantam Barred Rocks..........Fainting Goats........."Looking to replenish"
2010 Jefferson Co. Poultry Show....July 31st (APA sanctioned)
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We are a boy  Hissing  curling tail I thought he was having  an astama attack If we get another duck can 2 males live toghter?

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I used to have 2 call ducks! One drake and one duck!!! They loved each other! I made a pen for them that was about 10 ft. by 15 ft. and they never once flew out! I also had a big kiddie pool in there for them and every time I would put clean water in it (every 2-3 days) they would always mate! So if I were you I would get him a duck (female) companion. And if she starts laying eggs, just take them outta the pen. That's what I did. They were verry happy! I fed them scratch, lettuce and other veggies as an occasional treat.

mamma to 2 yorkies (Baxter&Lola), 2 dwarf hamsters (Ninny&Muggins), 1 betta fish (Mr. Fish), 4 ghost shrimp (no names!), 1 Pekin duck (Lazy Horse), 1 Mallard duck (Kickin' Wing), 1 new Tulouse gosling (Bevis,named by DH!), 3 new BO chicks (no names yet!)  and 1 blue easter chick (which has to go )... And 1 DH who cut me off for sure this time LOL!!! We'll see about that!!!
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mamma to 2 yorkies (Baxter&Lola), 2 dwarf hamsters (Ninny&Muggins), 1 betta fish (Mr. Fish), 4 ghost shrimp (no names!), 1 Pekin duck (Lazy Horse), 1 Mallard duck (Kickin' Wing), 1 new Tulouse gosling (Bevis,named by DH!), 3 new BO chicks (no names yet!)  and 1 blue easter chick (which has to go )... And 1 DH who cut me off for sure this time LOL!!! We'll see about that!!!
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