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PostPosted: Sun Jan 01, 2012 9:59 pm 
Dapper Duck
Dapper Duck

Joined: Thu Dec 09, 2010 10:58 am
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Location: Macedon Ranges

Breed: Cayuga Duck
Origin: New York State, USA

Colours: Black feathers with an iridescent green sheen in the correct light. Black shanks, feet and bill. Older specimens will re-grow white feathers and show white mottling as they age. A fairly common problem exists in that Cayuga females and especially the most brilliant green ones, tend to moult in white feathers in their body plumage with age. This is not to be confused with white under the Jaw (which should be culled out in young birds). These white body feathers usually appear in females after their first adult moult, and becomes more prevalent in each successive moult until some females appear almost pure white after 5 or 6 years of age. While some females don't get white body feathers until their 3rd or 4th year, these are usually the self same individuals that lacked the maximum sheen to begin with.1
Eggs: Dark blue/green with black speckles early in the laying season fading to cream/white at the laying season finishes.

Comments: Known to be one of the quietest duck breeds.2

Cost: Show quality unrelated pairs can fetch prices in the hundreds of dollars. (BYP Notice Board)
History: The Cayuga Duck is a breed of domesticated duck used for egg and meat production as well as an ornamental bird. The Cayuga name is taken from Cayuga Lake, one of the lakes in the Finger Lakes chain, in New York State where the breed was popularized. The traditional story for the development of this breed is that a miller captured two wild black ducks and used pinioning to keep them at his pond. The offspring of this pair was prized for flavourful meat and breeding efficiency.3

Conditioning Cayugas for exhibition is not a problem if kept in fairly clean pens or runs, with clean bathing water, they really condition themselves. All that remains to wipe any mud off bills or feet before the show. Some exhibitors wipe or spray their Cayugas with various mixtures designed to enhance the Sheen or lustre on to the plumage; This must be done carefully and with restraint as dust from the showroom may adhere to an oily coating and these dust particles actually might dull an otherwise naturally bright Cayuga Also a word regarding proper cooping and lighting in the show room is in order here. To show at its best advantage the Cayuga should not be cooped on the bottom deck or in a dark corner of the room with poor light.4

The Cayuga, to this day, is recognized as one of the hardiest of the domestic ducks.5 Being a quiet duck it is well suited to suburban areas.

Selecting birds:
The Cayuga should be bred to the meat type. Desired weights are: Adult drake, 8 lbs.; adult duck, 7 lbs.; young duck, 6 lbs. Some Cayugas fail to attain these weights, and specimens of decidedly deficient size should not be bred.6

Fertility is rarely a problem in Cayugas, and a breeder may safely mate 5-6 females with one male. What is more, Cayugas males remain fertile for many years, if, well cared for with little noticeable drop in breeder reports using one male with up to a dozen females and getting nearly 100% fertility and while I wouldn't recommend such a mating I don't doubt its possibilities. Cayuga females are excellent layers, some years being the first duck to lay in the spring, and many times laying in the fall of their 'pullet' year if on good feed. What's more if left to set on their own eggs, I rate them right behind Muscovies and Mallards as mothers.” 7

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Cayuga pair photo
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 04, 2012 10:07 am 
Golden Phoenix
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Location: Tarago, near Goulburn
Thanks for this! A link to this profile has been added to the listing at viewtopic.php?f=16&t=7956866.

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