The Black East Indie is the oldest known breed of domestic bantam duck. Despite the breed's exotic name, it was not developed in Southeast Asia, but in the USA in the 19th century. An ornamental breed, it is very popular as exhibition breed and is best known for its striking appearance. Black East Indian ducks are striking to look at, having jet black bills and a beetle green iridescent sheen to their plumage that can only be seen at certain angles as the light reflects off it. This colour gene is also found in the Cayuga duck breed. Female ducks have extended black genes and as a result will get white patches on them after their first year of life. This is normal and no amount of breed selection will remove this. A bantam breed weighing around 1-2 pounds, East Indies are largely kept by fanciers for exhibition purposes. Being small in size, they are relatively good fliers, so care should be taken when keeping them confined. The breed was admitted to the British Poultry Standard ins in 1865 and the APA's Standard of Perfection in 1874 and are very popular among breeders. An interesting characteristic of the East Indie is its egg color. Early in the laying season their eggs are black or dark grey, before they gradually change to light grey or even blue. Details: Purpose: Exhibition, ornamental Eggs: 40 to 100 eggs annually Origin: U.S.A Weight: Drake: 2lb, Duck: 1.5-1.7lb Classification: Bantam Pic by @Addicted2Quack Pic by @Daniel-Sorensen Pic by @Oscarsgravett Pic by @1lpoock BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/591556/black-east-indie-duck/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...g-in-the-bator-first-out-picson-19-30-40/0_30 Do you own Black East Indies? Are you a Black East Indie breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!