Cayuga Duck

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Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus

The basics:
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.

Varieties: Black
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
Broody: Yes
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

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