Do calls have tobe locked up?`

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Goat_Walker, Nov 10, 2011.

  1. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008
    Well once I have the time, money, and land id like to start up my duck hobby again. DUH. Anywho, this time id definantly like to add calls into the mix. But do they have to be in an aviary/ hutch? Or can they be successfully free ranged? I know they are a flighty breed and im not sure how friendly they are but I adore them lol. No, they would not be for show, just for personal enjoyment and maybe some breeding experiments of my own.

    So, Call advice? Pictures?
  2. KWAK

    KWAK Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 2, 2009
    I had some that were free range. never once were in the coop. they did great:)
  3. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Their so tiny I'd be afraid something would be using them for snacks.
  4. Goat_Walker

    Goat_Walker I Am THE Crazy Duck Lady

    Jul 9, 2008
    I plan on havin larger breeds of duck as well as at least a half dozen geese. Predators are always a factor when owning animals unfortunantly =/
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    My call duck pair, Elvis and Priscilla, range freely during the day with the rest of the flock. They mostly hang out with the much larger Cayugas, but they are never off anywhere alone. At night, they trundle right into the coop with everybody else.

    They fly REALLY well, unlike the rest of the flock. If predation occurs, I am sure a chicken or Cayuga would get taken before the calls, but even then I doubt the Cayugas or chickens are that much in danger, not with the pair of Toulouse geese on patrol!
  6. donnavee

    donnavee Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2009
    Central NC
    We have 7 calls and 2 large breed ducks who all free range along with the chickens during the day. At night, the ducks go into one pen and the chickens another. The BEI girl loves to fly over the fence and snarf in my garden but she always flies back with the others. The rest of the calls never fly over a few feet off the ground and will eat from my hand. I think if you raise them from babies and take time with them, offering snacks and such they will be pretty tame. None of mine like to be held, but they do like to hang out around me - hoping for goodies. They are the cutest things.[​IMG]
  7. AnnaLease

    AnnaLease Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 10, 2011
    My calls free range. I love em.
  8. cat1994

    cat1994 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 12, 2010
    Southeast MO
    Well my Calls don’t free rang but they are so darn cute and very friendly. Plus they make great mothers and take up so lil space and feed!
    This is Angel with her brood
    and this is Pip (Grey Drake) Millie (Blue Fawn Duck) and Angel (White Duck)
  9. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    Because of their size they are particularly vulnerable to aerial predators.
  10. Rosecomb-Ryan

    Rosecomb-Ryan East Indie Crazed

    Apr 12, 2008
    Sacramento CA
    My aunt loves Calls, We have 17 Calls that free range on 7 acres... Never had any problems

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