Call Duck Information Needed

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by mjoubre, May 2, 2016.

  1. mjoubre

    mjoubre Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello everyone. I have hatched a lot of ducks in the past but have been afraid to attempt call ducks as it seems they are hard to hatch but am thinking I want to attempt a hatch. My question is what size egg rails for the auto turner do I need? Will the universal rails that work for chicken eggs and other duck breed eggs work or will I need to put in the quail racks? And any hatching advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
     
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Calls are much more difficult than other breeds to hatch, but they are very much worth it... their eggs will fit in the universal rails, but I don't recommend using an auto turner for them at all... hatch rates will be extremely lower... I think @Lacrystol tapes hers sideways in the turner, but I'm not sure exactly how...

    I much prefer hand turning mine at least 3x to 5x per day and I end up with a much better hatch rate that way...
     
  3. Lacrystol

    Lacrystol Hatching Helper

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    Agree with Ravy. Calls do well laying down, mine have made it to day 15 in the upright position after that one by one they died off. I do tape mine to the turner in a laying down position. If you go to my website www.lwbarnhouse.com. Click on the incubating tip tab. Under method two I do have pictures on how mine are taped.
     
  4. lereinepoulet

    lereinepoulet Just Hatched

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    Hi I have a lone surviving Call duckling and I'm worried about it being without other ducklings. Anyone got advice? Do I find another for companionship / socialization ? I have adult Calls that I will eventually introduce to the duckling.
     
  5. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    If you can find a buddy or 2 that is definitely your best bet, but you can raise them solo... it's just a bit harder especially if you are integrating them into an existing flock... it would need a lot of social time near the others frequently and can't lose sight of the fact that it is a duck... due to Calls easy ability to imprint this is a challenge, doable but a challenge...
     
  6. lereinepoulet

    lereinepoulet Just Hatched

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    This is what I suspected. As soon as it can spend time away from the brooder I thought I'd set up a mini coop inside the existing duck enclosure. Sort of how I integrate new chickens into my flock. I'll also put out feelers on local boards for additional ducklings.
     
  7. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck Premium Member

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    Good idea... the sooner and more they can see and hear each other the better... I've done groups and a couple singletons... I managed to get my longest time singleton to learn a good balance between being duck and being people, but it was a long and involved process... her trying to eat all the other ducks was the biggest obstacle, lol... but she is now a wonderful momma and is top of the entire pecking order... good luck...
     

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