Cayuga

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by flossyfelix, Mar 14, 2017.

  1. flossyfelix

    flossyfelix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm very interested in growing my duck family by 2 & I'm in need of advice! I think I would love to get a pair of Cayuga's! So, if you have them...How are they?? Temperament wise, how would they get along with my Pekin pair? Would they do OK in our forever changing southeastern NC climate?? Give me the scoop!!
     
  2. Krazyquilts

    Krazyquilts Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

    My pair of Cayuga hens from Meyers are about 7 months old and are very silly, just like all ducks. They don't seem to bathe quite as obsessively as the two Buffs and the Welshie but still bathe at least once every couple days and are just as neat and tidy as the rest of our flock. They are stunningly gorgeous and are always the ones people want to meet but are also definitely the loudest and most vocal and the first to start complaining if they get bored. They are also a little bit naughty, (or at least one is - I can't tell them apart but my neighbor can lol) and even though they pretend to have trouble climbing into the pool, they are the ones who fly up on top of totes etc and then jump down.

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    We are now getting four eggs a day from our flock of five hens, so one of the Cayugas are laying but all the eggs collected are the same white-cream, even though I had previously heard that Cayuga eggs should be black or gray at first.

    In NC, you would certainly want to make sure that they had adequate shade since I would assume that being darker than your Pekins they might overheat faster?? But really that's just a guess.

    I read your posts that your Felix is a big boy - have you considered getting larger ducks to prevent any "accidental squishing" :p while mating? Like maybe Saxony or Silver Appleyards? Also, when you say a "pair of Cayugas" do you mean a pair of females or a hen and a drake? Because from what I've read here on BYC, that might be too many drakes for too few hens.
     
  3. flossyfelix

    flossyfelix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are beautiful!!! I had in mind a Drake & hen, but I also was thinking that the Drake's would stick to their 1 girl... I guess that's wishful thinking?? If something else were to happen to Flossy I may have a stroke! Felix only mates with Floss in the pool! It's the weirdest thing it's like he knows he's a giant! Silly me thought all ducks only mated only in the water because they have never done it anywhere else! Lol. Granted I also didn't realize I had a jumbo Pekin...So consider the source! Lol![​IMG][​IMG]
     
  4. mlh328

    mlh328 Out Of The Brooder

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    I love my cayugas! I just have 3 and no other ducks. They are hilarious. Mine are super friendly and my drake is always looking for attention, he likes his chest patted. As for changing climate, I'm in Butte Montana and our weather gets pretty crazy here. I just make sure they have plenty of fluffed straw to sleep in and I think I used a heat lamp for maybe a week when it got -35° and -40°. Mine have lots of shade in the summer and a little kids pool to cool off. I recommend them!
     
  5. Krazyquilts

    Krazyquilts Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member


    I have no experience with owning drakes myself (until hopefully tomorrow!!) but from what I've read on here, maybe Felix should have a harem with no competition. ;) That way you wouldn't have to worry about Flossy being in the middle of a "threesome" and getting hurt.
     
  6. flossyfelix

    flossyfelix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    @Miss Lydia what's your input??! You're my go to duck parent!![​IMG]
     
  7. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    I would not get another breeding pair.....I would get two Hens.....Unless your prepared to build another enclosure....The two Drakes will possibly not get along being they were not raised together .....;)



    Cheers!
     
  8. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    @flossyfelix I agree with @chickens really adding a drake and duck to your existing pair probably would not go over very well.Drakes are very territorial.

    I'd get a few more girls for Felix. doesn't have to be same breed either.
     
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  9. flossyfelix

    flossyfelix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Awwhhh mannnnn! Lol. Maybe growing my crew isn't as easy as I thought. I don't know if I want to get anymore girls because I don't want Flossy to feel "replaced"....& I can't risk getting a Drake & something bad happening to her.... Yes, it's Flossys world I just live in it![​IMG][​IMG] Lol! She & Felix have such a great relationship going on... Maybe I just need to hold off on anymore right now....
     
  10. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Running over with Blessings Premium Member

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    She won't feel "replaced" but Felix will spread the love around.
     

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