Duck Breed Focus - Cayuga

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  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Much have been written about the origins and development of the Cayuga duck, but what is known is that it originates from near Lake Cayuga in the Finger Lakes region of New York. The first imports from America, according to Lewis Wright's Poultry in 1873, were said to arrive in 1871, from a Mr. W. Simpson and was imported by a Mr. J.K Fowler. They were said to be on the small side and speculations that they been crossed with the Black East Indian, to achieve the green sheen that is seen when the light is right, to give an almost iridescent colouring.

    Lewis Wright says that in an effort to improve their size they "...were afterwards crossed, by some with Aylesbury and by other with Rouen" As a result the type was altered sufficiently for the birds to look more like the Aylesbury and early paintings by the famous poultry artist Ludlow confirm this Aylesbury ‘look-alike’. Lewis Wright goes on to say that "… original birds had no keels, while the modern English exhibition Cayuga has this feature very pronounced"

    Modern day Cayugas don’t have the size or the keel that early paintings show, but their green brilliance has been improved over the years. A frequent complaint about the birds nowadays is they are not heavy enough. The American and British Cayugas look very similar in appearance.
    The Cayuga duck was standardised in America in 1874 and later in 1901 in Great Britain.

    The Cayuga duck breed would make an excellent choice for those who want to keep ducks, but live close to neighbours and are concerned about noise. The Cayuga's quack is not as loud, except the females are quite vocal while often the male is mute. The temperament of the Cayuga is docile and adult Cayuga ducks enjoy eating snails, slugs, and most other insects. Which makes them handy pest controllers in the garden.

    The ducks is fairly prone to broodiness and will more often sit on and hatch their eggs than other domestic breeds of duck. Incubation for the eggs is 28 days. Cayuga eggs' colour vary from black to grey, light green and white. They are typically darker towards the beginning of the laying season and get lighter in color as time goes on.


    Details:

    Purpose: Exhibition, Utility, meat.
    Eggs: 80 to 160 Eggs annually
    Origin: United States
    Weight: Drake: 8 lb, Duck: 7 lb
    Classification: Heavy

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    BYC Reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/cayuga

    Breed Discussions:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/877841/cayuga-duck-thread/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/185523/so-tell-me-about-cayuga-ducks/0_30
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/960165/what-color-are-your-cayuga-eggs/0_30


    Do you own Cayugas? Are you an Cayuga 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!
     
  2. TheTwoRoos

    TheTwoRoos Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just got a Cayuga,big guys aren't they?
     
  3. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    I've been following the Indian Runner focus thread and learned that when they go through a molt, their color can really lighten up. Does that happen with the Cayuga ducks too?
     
  4. HeritageGoose13

    HeritageGoose13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Surprised you didn't mention, cayugas are one of the few breeds with non-mallard blood in them. They are a mix of mallard and American black duck descent. That is why sometimes the males do not grow drake feathers (American black ducks have no drake feathers).
     
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  5. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I miss my male Cayuga, Mr. Presiduck :( I had to re-home him earlier this summer because he was so fixated on my crippled pekin, Waffles. He would mate her excessively every chance he got. She became ragged and refused to come out of the doghouse except to eat and drink.

    We came home from a day trip one day in July after a bad storm and found Waffles half drowned in the pool with Presiduck mating her. The storm had blown a lot of water out and the water level dipped, so Waffles couldn't jump out with her crippled legs. She was stuck in there with him for who knows how long. My husband wanted to butcher him but the thought devastated me. I took Presiduck to a no-kill shelter the next day, where they later told me he found a home very quickly.

    He was also in on the plucking and drowning of my young blue Swedish duck earlier this last May. He had gray feathers stuck in his beak the day We found her dead. He was kind of a sociopath...But I still miss him. He was my favorite, lol.
     
  6. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yea this happens with cayugas. My Michelle is only 8 months old, so she is still solid black, but I am kinda excited to see her turn color one day. I really wanted a black and white duck, like a magpie or ancona, but Metzer didn't sell those types. But I just have to be patient and wait for Michelle to start molting white feathers and then I'll practically have one, lol.
     
  7. N F C

    N F C doo be doo be doo Premium Member

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    @PotatoWaffles thanks for the info. I'm sorry for the loss of your blue Swedish and the re-homing of Mr. Presiduck (cute name).
     
  8. christianleibfr

    christianleibfr New Egg

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    i have cuyuga female ducks does any body know when they start lay
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    I want ducks so badly! This breed is definitely on my list! They're just gorgeous!
     
  10. PotatoWaffles

    PotatoWaffles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine started laying right at four months old.

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