Cayuga owners help please?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by SJUDD, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. SJUDD

    SJUDD Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have never owned a Cayuga before. My ducks are about 5 months old and the rest are Mallards. I know with them I have 2 females and a drake. However, I cannot tell with the Cayuga what sex it is. I know you guys are probably tired of us newbies asking questions about what sex our ducks are, I am thinking it is a female as no drake feather but my Mallard drake has his green head already and no drake feather yet. Any help would be appreciated. I also am wondering if my mallard drake breeds with her, will that be a mess?? :)
    Thanks! Sharyl
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  2. The Friendly Goose

    The Friendly Goose Out Of The Brooder

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    Looks like a girl to me.

    Does it quack loudly or a very soft raspy noise?

    The Mallard drake breeding her would be fine. The offspring would just be mixed breeds.
     
  3. SJUDD

    SJUDD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you. She quacks, that is one of the reasons I thought she was a female but I wasn't sure if the "rules" for Cayugas were the same as for Mallards, which is all I have ever owned. She was so darned cute as a duckling, I couldn't pass her up. :)
     
  4. Kevin565

    Kevin565 Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    She is quite a beauty! If she quack then it's a girl. This applies to all Mallard derived breeds to the best of my knowledge. She will throw some gorgeous babies!
     
  5. SJUDD

    SJUDD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you. I was really hoping I didn't have two drakes to two females.
     
  6. Marty1876

    Marty1876 Hi Everyone!

    In all domestic ducks (not muscoveys that I know of) the male, at age 4-6 monthes will develope a curl in his tail feathers. One or two feathers cur up at the end very clearly. Ladies stay smooth to tail. Also, as mentioned, females quack loudly, and males make a more garbled muffled noise. Not a loud and clear QUACK QUACK QUACK. more of an Onk Onk Onk.
     
  7. SJUDD

    SJUDD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you everyone. I looked out the window this morning and she was standing on their house quacking like crazy so I am pretty sure she is a girl! I appreciate all the help. I am thinking in the spring I might get some more Cayugas. They are so beautiful and have so much personality!
     
  8. sianara

    sianara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Central MA
    Wait until you see their cool black eggs [​IMG]
     
  9. SJUDD

    SJUDD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Seriously?? Black eggs??? How cool is that????? :)
     
  10. sianara

    sianara Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 27, 2007
    Central MA

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