Calls originated in either Holland or England as live decoy ducks back in the 1600's. Call ducks are no longer used for decoys, and it is illegal to use one as a decoy in Britain. Calls were the only duck bred specifically for their loud voice and extremely small size. They were bred for this unique style so they could be easily tucked into a coat pocket and taken along on hunts. Now one of the most popular breed of waterfowl and also in the top 5 exhibition breeds with the APA/ABA with the 2014 Ohio nationals(ABA 100th anniversary national meet) exhibiting over 1,000 calls total out of over 9,000 birds exhibited.
- Egg Color:
- white, pale blue, pale green, very light brown
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Non Standard Varieties: Gray Pied, Blue Fawn Pied, Pastel Pied, Fawn and White, Penciled, Aluetian, Chocolate Bibbed, Black, Black Bibbed, Blue, Crested(all Varieties), Silkied( All Varieties), Aztec Blue, Blue Snowy, Apricot Silver
- Breed Size:
- Bantam Duck
Calls are currently located in the top five exhibition breeds in the United States. Call Ducks are very energetic and loud. They are one of the smallest breeds of duck kept. Call Ducks only weigh around 1.5 lbs and they have very short round bodies, round head with a extremly short and wide bill, and short legs. Calls are found in 20+ different varieties and color patterns. They are one of theless expensive types of waterfowl to raise, but can be a bit challanging when it comes to breeding and raising this unique breed.
National Call Breeders of America www.callducks.org
Recent User Reviews
"The CUTEST lil' ducks!"
Pros - CUTE! Easy to maintain! Small! Affectionate! Curious!
Cons - Some can be loud...
Call ducks are just the cutest lil' birdies on the universe!
My grandmother had a few and they were really friendly and didn't attack, even the drakes. Some females can be loud tho but overall they are the best ducks to have!
"I loved my call duck"
Pros - Small , Sweet, Easy to handle , males aren't aggressive
Cons - Females Loud , and are sometimes independent
My call duck Cleveland was the most friendly duck I owned. They are small so easy and nice to handle. They can be hard to catch, I really like call ducks they are nice, small and easy. The females are loud the males aren't that load. If you free range they are small so they get picked up a little more. Overall I give a 5 star rating!!! I hoped I helped someone!
"Awesome little pets."
Pros - Small, highly entertaining, keen to reproduce, don't require huge amounts of space, get along well with other poultry.
Cons - Hens can be VERY noisy! Able to fly.
I've had Calls for a little while now and we just love them! They're so amusing, some of the things they do are absolutely hilarious and have us in stitches! They would happily spend the entire day in the water and they forage a lot also, which can help with cost of feed. Mine love the chickens also and are more than happy to follow them around in the garden, occasionally calling out to them if they can't see them! A word of warning- the hens can be very loud, and I wouldn't recommend having them in a metro area. It does depend on the hen though, some are more vocal than others and one of mine is the loudest I've come across so far!
They're seasonal layers and don't lay year round like Indian Runners. You'd be wise to clip their wings as their ability to fly is actually quite impressive!
My drake was killed recently by a dog, and when he saw her coming he protected his partner by running straight at the dog. The hen managed to escape unharmed. We're so sad to have lost him but the scenario itself demonstrates the character of a Call drake. Our hen was terribly lonely without him and but I managed to track down her half sister and bought her as a companion, luckily! I now have two very happy hens.
Overall such lovely and funny little ducks, and cute as a button! Definitely recommend.