Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
The Cayuga Duck is an American breed of waterfowl that is rumored to have developed by wild black ducks on a private pond in New York, never Cayuga Lake. Many breeders consider this to be unlikely, and think the breed could be the offspring of the English Black Duck. Despite it’s unknown origin, the Cayuga was recognized by the American Poultry Association, in 1851. For many years, the Cayuga was prized for its meat, but today it is mostly kept as a pet.
Uses: Eggs, Exhibition, Meat, Pets
Personality: Easy tamed if raised by hand
Suitable housing: Free range during they day, or large pen
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 7 - 8 lbs
Noise level: Less then average
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Black fading to white
Meat: Very good meat fowl, with excellent tasting meat.
What else you should know:
Because of their dark feathering, the Cayuga can be difficult to clean. To avoid their dark pin feathers, many skin them.
high quality meat, easy bird, harsh winters, excellent garden pets, personality, iridescent feathers
little bitey, inconsistent egg
intense beefy flavour, black eggs, deep red meat, bugs, wellrounded body
They are very beautiful and great ducks to have. I got my ducks from a friend looking to re-home his and have had no problems with them adjusting. Their fairly quiet and get along great with my flock and other animals with out incident.
Cayuga ducks are great egg layers and mine average a few hundred a year. I would recommend them for anyone wanting them for pets or a small farm. They are very docile and can be friendly.They are also very hardy and great at foraging..
From absilverthorn Oct 7 2015 9:34AM
The Cayuga duck is a medium-sized duck with a moderately long, well-rounded body. Its back is long and broad with slight arching at the shoulders. The duck carries itself slightly elevated in the front. On drakes, the sex feathers are hard and well-curled. The Cayuga is an easy bird to keep because it rarely wanders from home and is very calm. It is not able to fly well because of its heavier body weight compared to smaller breeds of duck. It is very hardy and tolerates harsh winters well. It does require water to swim and bathe in to maintain optimum health.
Although a cayuga is difficult to clean and prepare, it has very high quality meat with an intense beefy flavour. The breast, while smaller than that of other more conventional duck breeds, produces a succulent deep red meat with a complex taste. The carcass can be difficult to clean because of the duck’s dark feathering. Some resolve this problem by skinning the ducks rather than plucking. Others maintain to say that if one waits until the late fall or early winter to dress them they will pick just as clean as a white bird. Cayugas generally lay approximately 150 eggs per year which can be used for general eating and baking purposes..
From DuckDuckGoose Nov 8 2011 7:33PM