call duck breeding

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Songster
12 Years
Aug 7, 2007
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near ottawa ontario
I am new to calls . So it is around the corner. I have notice some breeding going on and checking out the nesting boxes. What i am concerned about is to much breeding. I have a white female that the back of her neck is getting kinda of bald in a spot. There is enough females to males. JUst a little concerned. There is no one yet laying , but they are starting to show signs.
 

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Songster
12 Years
Aug 7, 2007
756
5
159
near ottawa ontario
I am not to sure. Every time i go out there. They act different. I have to hide to watch. LOL. I also noticed there is allot more noise going on. I guess spring fever. lol..When do calls normally start laying?I have about 24 in there.
 

Hattiegun

Songster
10 Years
Oct 30, 2009
891
55
141
Twin Lakes, Iowa (Manson)
how old are they ? Mine are 1 yr old. One of my girls laid for 1 month last Aug when she was about 5 months old.. my other one did NOT lay till about 2 weeks ago.. but now it seems she has quit but my other one just started.. I was told calls can be alittle immature when it comes to laying... they did start mating tho last summer.
 

duckluck

Dulcimyrh Ducks
10 Years
Oct 22, 2009
1,970
48
221
Illinois
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That's a lot of Calls in one pen...my thought is that too many drakes are liking the same hen. I'd split them up into a few pens and see what happens. I personally think Calls do better with less of a crowd.
 

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Songster
12 Years
Aug 7, 2007
756
5
159
near ottawa ontario
I disagree. Calls do better with more than less and they also do better on the ground not on wire. I had calls last year and that is what i have notice. I will be watching a bit more. I think you are right that there is two many drake like the one hen. The ratio is 3 to 1. So it is good.
 

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