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Discussion in 'Ducks' started by schroader, Apr 18, 2009.
Lets see you call duck pens! I just got a pair and need some ideas on pens.
Thanks for posting this, I just got my little fuzz balls yesterday and since they wont be going in with my mallards I need ideas too.
How old are your little one'?
Add me in too. My Call Ducks will be here this week. Tried to hatch shipped eggs but did not work out so well so I am buying a Pair. I have 2 khaki Cambell's and 2 Blue Swedish so I do not think I will house them together.
I dont have any pics right now, but I will *try* to get some pics tomorrow if I remember.
Basically I use chicken wire pens up on stilts for the breeding season. After breeding season is over, all the calls go into a very very large dog kennel.
I just got 2 one day old Snowy call ducks. They're so teeny tiny. We named they Squirt & Lil bit.
And let me tell you, they can JUMP!!!! I had them in a small rubbermaid tub thinking it would be fine because they're so tiny. NOPE!! They jumped right out of it!!! ROFL!!
I'm working on designing two separate habitats. One for my Pekins and one for my call ducks.
Here are my call ducks:
I have my 4 swedish ducks (young, only 3 months old) and a pair of call ducks (breeding, probably a year or so old) in one large run. I'll get pics tomorrow (it's raining out there today).
Since the breeding drake is older, he is in charge out there, the swedish ducks defer to him (or pay the price in tail feathers, ) It is sort of funny to see this tiny little duck bully the swedish into running away from "his" pool. I had a LOT of swedish in there, he has actually gotten more friendly to them since I cut back to 4 swedish.
I have three call duck babies (so far) and have more eggs in the bator to introduce once they hatch/get bigger. I am hoping they will all get along ok, if not, I may have to segregate.
My pen is new (just finished recently) so it needs landscaping, but it is pretty big, with two areas that are "out of view" of each other - they can go back and forth, just have a corridor that narrows the path down a bit, so they can get away from each other if they want to.
I had to put the food down in the lower area, and a pan of water, so the swedish could eat and drink, even if the call drake was keeping them out of the pool. I have two large dog houses for them, one up top, one down below. I may have to add another if I add more ducks, but for the most part they don't use them except if it is really windy out or if they are layign eggs (only have one female call laying right now).
I would think that as long as the call ducks aren't being bullied, you can keep them together (unless it is breeding season and they try to interbreed) I would just make sure there is more than one source of food and water.
Happily, My setup is such that I can put a fence across the corridor if I need to seperate for breeding season.
Where'd everyone buy their call duck chicks? Are there hatcheries that sell them, or do you have to buy them from a breeder?
Quote:I have never seen the orange billed snowys before....Where did you get them from?? Here is one of our snowy ducklings.
Quote:Dennis Fuller lives in Iowa and he sells ducklings.....here is his website.
Quote:here is where we keep some of ours....the breeders/show ducks mostly go in the off the ground pens.