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I have Cayugas but they're for eggs and entertainment only. The breed description says they are good meat birds.
Duck meat is my favorite poultry meat. I especially looove making chicken and dumplings with duck legs instead of chicken. Duck legs make the broth much more rich and complex. Sooo tasty.
I'm lucky enough to have a free range poultry specialist about 30 miles away from me that raises ducks, chickens, turkeys and pheasants. I've eaten Pekin duck and Muscovy duck.
I prefer to roast the Pekin duck and I prefer to quick sear Muscovy breast. Muscovy meat is darker than typical poultry flesh.
I have to admit I'm curious about Cayuga meat. It would have to be a level 5 zombie apocalypse for me to consider processing anything I raised for meat and even then I might have to turn vegetarian. My heart is too soft for it now that i'm old :).
Congrats on the egg I'm a little envious; my Cayuga girl has only ever laid white eggs, lol.
Not to veer off subject or hijack your thread, but while we are talking about cayugas, does anyone know about when their white feathers start to come in? My Michelle is just about done molting, and a number of her feathers are coming in gray/white. I knew it would happen but I figured she would be at least two or three years old. She's only 11 months old. My chocolate runner is 9 months old, and she molted a couple months ago, and all her feathers are lovely dark chocolate, no white yet. Not that it really bothers me, I think they look pretty either way. I'm just surprised to see white feathers so early. Just curious when everyone else's cayugas go gray. I only have one Cayuga so nothing to compare her to.
I have four Cayugas. Two started white feather growth around 7 months. The other two are pristine black.
I'm hoping when they molt that the white will diminish. They haven't had their first adult molt yet.
Walmart has duck. Lol. I don't eat them, but before the Pekin came to the US, the Cayuga was the #1 meat bird. So easy to buy one already cleaned and plucked. Why raise for meat?? I'm no liberal animal rights activist, but I'm just wondering how that even makes sense financially these days.
Why raise for meat?
Because it's better to consume something that has been raised in a healthy and humane manner rather than buying factory farmed meat. That's all there is to it.