Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
The Golden Cascade Duck is an American breed that was created in 1979, by David Holderread of Corvallis, Oregon. Mr. Holderread desired a utility waterfowl that was auto sexing, matured quickly and would lay an abundant amount of eggs. He first introduced his Golden Cascade Ducks to the public in the mid 1980s, where it was accepted by several breeders for egg production. The breed continues today, but has not become popular enough to be admitted to the American Standard of Perfection.
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Personality: Calm and social
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or large pen
Capable of flight: No
Weight: 6 - 8 lbs
Noise level: Average
Egg production: Very Good (4/week)
Meat production: Good
What else you should know:
The Golden Cascade duck has not been recognized by the American Poultry Association, and currently does not have a Standard of perfection. Due to this, birds will vary slightly in coloration according the individual breeders desires.
As an auto-sexing breed, the Cascade duck should be sexable as soon as they hatch by looking at their down color. Drakes will hatch a darker brown then the hens. In some flocks, the drakes will also hatch with yellow beaks, while the hens hatch with brown beaks.
Another great breed of ducks are the Golden Cascades,This Breed can be very difficult to find ,because many people have crossed them with other breeds and thus diluted the gene pool.They Are not large ducks as they range in the middle for full size ducks,they are easy to keep and will stay in a yard with just a pool of water or even a couple of large water bowls,They lay well but are not the best setters.We did good selling their eggs since they lay a nice large white duck egg and produce fairly well.the hens are a beautiful golden color and males have a darker head.They are a little more nervous in nature than the cayuga ducks,but if handled become quite tame.
From godzillaskitty Mar 23 2010 3:24AM