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In my experience, cayuga can be quite large. Not as big as a pekin, but up to 8 pounds or so. It looks like a cayuga to me - have they molted again yet? They may get more iridescent after their next molt - I think it is around 4-5 months old.
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Looks like a Cayuga to me. I think they are in the 6 plus pound range... ours is a tiny squirt - I wonder if she's part Call.
It almost looks like the drake's bill is orange instead of black/ olive green. I'm new to ducks and Cayugas but I've never seen a confirmed picture labeled purebred Cayuga with an 100% orange bill or 100% orange feet. Most of the confirmed pics I looked at were show quality birds so those are definitely going to have perfect breed standard coloration. Unless you were sold show quality birds their coloration may be in normal color range for the breed.
It may also be possible their pigmentation can be influenced by diet (like flamingos turning pink from eating crustaceans) but I'm totally speculating on that. I know my own girls really starting looking shiny and their colors amped up when they learned that black oiled sunflower seeds are yummy.
My girls have black bills with olive green areas. They also have black feet with some not quite orange areas in the places where they naturally shed skin faster. When they were little that had black bills and black feet with silvery gray areas where the orange is now.
The iridescence comes out in the light. My girls feathers are black but they shimmer with different colors depending on where the feathers are, They all have blue/ purple bars on their wings. When they were ducklings they went from black fuzzballs to black ducklings. Then at their teenager molt they started getting iridescent feathers head feathers and have gotten progressively more iridescent as they grew up. I'm a little fuzzy on the timelines but I don't think they've had their first adult feather molt yet. That is supposed to give you the best coloring.
My girls are what looks like a healthy weight to me. They don't feel bony or like plump little fatballs when I pick them up. They have a very full breast meat areas with a definite line separating the muscles but the area doesn't droop.
I have two very large girls ranked #1 and #2 in the flock and 2 smaller hens that are #3 and #4 in the flock. They've had those ranking since one of them had a leg injury early on in week one of their lives. (The one with injury was actually the boss duckling right out of the hatchery box and now she's number #4 because she is the smallest).
The big hens are almost certainly biologically related somehow because they both have the same single silver feather the droops occasionally from underneath their wings.
The biggest hens are about 8 lbs. My two smallest hens are about 5 pounds each. They're not 6 months old yet but they are starting to look more & more like adult ducks every day.
Hmm, tht description of the double breast being so full makes me wonder if there's some heavy meat duck breed in his heritage.
Here are some pics of my girls.
The order is most recent ( 5 months ) to youngest (2 months). The third pic is a weird angle showing their black webbing and silvery orange toes and foot parts (and my boss hen's notched neck feathers. She invites all to play duck games with her & they all participate.)
I can go through my archive and post baby pictures too or closeup of individuals. Forthe most part they all look virtually identical.
Edited by cayugaducklady - 11/2/15 at 1:02pm