Call Ducks are truly the cutest ducks and are perfect for a small backyard flock or homestead. They are bantam sized, weighing between 1 and 2 pounds and have a stout and rounded appearance, with short bills and big round cheeks that make them look like plush toy ducks. They are also friendly and animated and great with children.
Call Ducks were developed around the middle of the 19th century in Great Britain from Dutch lines of decoy ducks. They were bred to be small so they could lure larger wild ducks into funnel traps and then be able to fit through the trap exit hole and escape the trap, leaving the bigger ducks inside the trap. Call Ducks, as their name implies, were also specifically bred for their call, which is very high pitched and carries well over long distances in order to attract wild ducks to get within range of hunters’ guns. So, the original English Call Duck lines were made up of hard working birds with strong working abilities, but in the 1900’s, hunting was losing popularity, and Call Ducks became quite rare.
Interest was revived around the middle of the 20th century and today they are one of the most popular breeds of duck for exhibition and showing. All the gregariousness of the working duck is now contributing to great personalities as pets.
Breed Colors: ABA APA accepted: White, Gray, Butterscotch, Blue Fawn, Pastel, Snowy, Khaki (ABA), Black and White Magpie, Buff, Blue Bibbed, Chocolate, Aztec Blue.
And 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), Blue Snowy, Apricot Silver.
Egg laying: 50-150 per year
Weight: Drake 1.3lb - 1.5lb; Duck 1.1lb - 1.3lb
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