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Ducks

We have three colors of Calls (white, grey and blue) and Black East Indies. Please continue down the page for pictures and information about each breed and color. For our philosophy on show quality versus pet quality and our show record including pictures of our 2002 Ohio National wins, please see the link. We are proud members of the American Bantam Association and the National Call Breeders club. Please visit the National Call Breeder's web site for detailed descriptions of the colors of Calls.

We are accepting orders for spring 2004 delivery of eggs and ducklings and fall 2004 shipment of mature ducks. Prices and terms for adult birds can be seen at Duck Price List. Prices and terms for eggs and ducklings along with representative pictures of the parents can be seen at Egg and Duckling Price List. PLEASE read these pages in full before asking questions. Most questions I receive regarding orders are answered on this page and the two listed above.

Before deciding to hatch Call eggs, keep in mind that they are among the most difficult of waterfowl eggs to hatch under optimum circumstances even for experienced breeders! Please read our Frequently Asked Questions page for information on hatching Call eggs.

Call Ducks

While the place of origin of Call Ducks is sometimes disputed, there is little dispute over the reason of origin. Calls originated in England or Holland as live decoys for hunting. It is probably the only breed of duck that can claim to have originated chiefly for a loud voice! The small size was valued so the hunter could easily tuck the bird into his coat pocket to take it along or return home. The females do have a rather loud call when they are excited which can be annoying to some people. Calls of good type can best be described as round. The Standard calls for weights from 1 1/2 to 2 lbs depending on age and sex. The body and head should be short, plump and round, the bill short and wide and the legs and neck short. The legs should not be too far forward or back so that the duck stands level (not tipped up or down) when seen from the side.

White Calls

White Calls may not have any color other than white in the plumage. Legs, feet and bill should be orange. Black is somewhat common in small amounts in the bill of ducks but is a disqualification in a drake.





Grey Calls

Grey calls are colored similar to Mallards and Rouens. Drakes should have a greenish head and neck with a distinct white ring around the neck, not quite meeting in the back. The breast should be claret colored and the rest of the body is mostly grey with the lower back and top of the tail being black. Ducks are primarily light and dark brown with many detailed patterns. These are described in detail in the Standard of Perfection and on the description page of National Call Breeders club web site.






Blue Calls

Blue calls should be colored just like a Blue Swedish duck with the plumage a bluish slate color. Each feather on the back and upper tail cushion should be laced with a darker shade of blue. Drakes are typically darker than ducks. The head color on a drake should be dark blue and may approach black with a green sheen. The head color on a duck should be the same as the body color. Two or three flight feathers should be pure white, preferably the same number of white flights on each side. The breast should have a neat white bib. One of the main points of this is that there should not be blue feathers in the white bib nor white feathers in the blue area. If the bib ends at a point on the neck below the lower mandible there should not be white on the throat. Blues may become brownish from too much exposure to sun but can also have actual brown feathers which are faults. The color blue is the result of a single blue gene with extended black. For details of the genetics of blue, see our Genetics page. The double blue gene can be expressed in shades from silver down to pure white with a blue bill. White may be evident in older birds, particularly some of the best female breeders.





Black East Indies

The most distinctive feature of Black East Indies is the iridescent green feathering. This color is spectacular in the sunlight! It may even approach a slight yellowish cast and should feel like silk to the touch. The Indie is approximately the same size as the Call but is much more streamlined. There should be no purple or brown in the plumage of an Indie. White may be evident in older birds, particularly some of the best female breeders, but is considered a disqualification in show birds. Legs, feet and bills should be black. As with the calls the legs should be placed so that the duck stands level. Black East Indie females have a loud quack though not quite as loud as the Calls.


Below is a picture of one of the many excellent quality offspring of our greys this year.


This is a picture of one week's hatch.


For information about hatching, raising, showing, genetics and health care of ducks, one of the most complete books we have seen is "Storey's Guide to Raising Ducks" by Dave Holderread. Please see our links page for sites we recommend. This is a listing of sites we use regularly and/or have found useful in the past. See our FAQ page for Answers to Frequently Asked Questions and Other Tidbits.

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