Commercial Call duck farming is a less popular business, because this is not a utility breed. Rather these ducks are raised mainly as an ornamental breed and they are also good for both as pets and for exhibition purpose.
The Call duck is actually a bantam breed of domestic duck which looks similar to some other domestic duck breeds (but is smaller in size). These ducks are mainly raised for decoration purpose and also raised as pets. Previously these ducks were used for hunting, where their own calls and quacks would attract wild ducks towards the hunter’s gun.
Exact origin of the Call duck is not clear. But most probably these ducks were available in Asia before arriving Netherlands (the first recorded mentioned of these ducks are from the Netherlands).
The Call duck was used as a decoy in the Netherlands and was known as Coy or Decoy duck. Hunters were used to use the Call duck’s high-pitched distinctive call for luring other wild ducks into funnel traps.
Today, the Call ducks are mainly kept as pets or for ornamental purposes. And they also very popular as an exhibition bird. So starting Call duck farming can be a good business idea for selling them as pets or for ornamental purposes.
How to Start Call Duck Farming Business
Starting commercial Call duck farming business is very easy and simple. Because these bantam ducks are just like most other domestic duck breeds and they are very easy to manage. Here we are trying to describe more information about starting and operating a successful Call duck farming business from purchasing ducks to caring and marketing.
First of all, you have to purchase very good quality and healthy birds for starting Call duck farming business. You can purchase ducks from your local market, Call duck breeding centers or from any existing farms. You can also search your local online classified websites.
A good house not only helps the birds to stay healthy, but also helps them to stay safe from all types of predators and adverse weather. So try to make a good, comfortable and safe house for your ducks.
Install good ventilation system and ensure flow of sufficient amount of fresh air and light inside the house. And make the house in such a way so that you can easily clean the house.
As a bantam variety, on average a mature Call duck will require between 2 and 3 square feet of housing space.
Feeding the birds with very good quality and nutritious food is the most important part of Call duck farming business. So, always try to feed your ducks with enough good and nutritious food.
And always provide your ducks with enough clean and fresh drinking water as per their demand.
Like many other domestic duck breeds, the Call ducks are also very good breeders. Just keeping a good ratio of male and female duck will ensure production of enough fertile eggs. On average, keeping one mature male duck will be enough for breeding 8-10 female ducks.
The Call ducks are lively, talkative and very noisy. But they are very clean and tidy birds. They will naturally keep themselves in good condition if you provide them with enough clean water and sufficient good food.
Along with feeding the ducks with good quality foods and arranging a good housing system for them, taking additional care will ensure good growth of the birds and will also ensure their good health. So always try to take good care of your ducks.
Vaccinate your ducks timely and try to keep good contact with a vet in your area.
Today, the Call ducks are raised mainly for ornamental purposes and also as pets. So, you have to target the hobby duck farmers. Generally pet or ornamental birds are sold at very high prices than the utility birds. So, you will probably be able to easily sell your ducks in the market. Although, you should set your marketing strategies first, before starting this business.
These are the common ways and steps for starting and operating a successful Call duck farming business. Hope this guide has helped you! Good luck & may God bless you!