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Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics
This breed appeared around the mid-nineteenth century and takes its name from Lake Cayuga which is located in New York State (USA). Various breeds have contributed to its formation, including Aylesbury, Rouen and Indian Runner. It needs water to swim and stay healthy. The breeding of this breed for economic purposes (especially for the production of meat) has suffered from strong competition from other breeds (in particular Beijing); today it has returned to be appreciated both in the United States and in Great Britain above all for the beauty of its plumage. The eggs are large and have a very dark green shell.
Heavy breed. The typical plumage is black with bright green reflections. Elongated and rather small head. Black gray legs. As women age, they show more and more white feathers until they appear, after 5 or 6 years, almost entirely pure white in color.
Males usually don't turn white with age.
- male 2.2 -3.0 kg
- female 2,1 - 2,5 kg
Cayuga male duck (website)
Cayuga (photo www.whetstonefarm.co.uk)
Breed standard - FIAV
I - GENERALITIES
Origin: U.S.A. Obtained by crossing black mallard ducks and wild ducks. It owes its name to Lake Cayuga in New York state.
Minimum weight g. 70
Shell color: white to green.
II - TYPE AND ADDRESSES FOR THE SELECTION
Medium-sized duck, well-fleshed, rustic, with harmonious, black and lively temperament. Maintain the typical shape, productivity and characteristic coloring of black plumage with bright green reflections.
III - STANDARD
General appearance and characteristics of the breed
Trunk: Stretched and well rounded.
Head: Round and elongated, rather small, with flat forehead.
Beak: Medium long, flat and wide.
Eyes: Little evident.
Face: Without cheeks.
Neck: Medium long, not too big, worn slightly arched, with well rounded throat.
Shoulders: Wide and well rounded.
Back: Long, uniformly wide, rounded, carried slightly inclined towards the tail.
Ali: Quite long, very close to the body.
Tail: Of medium length, wide, fan-shaped following the line of the back.
Chest: Full, well rounded, without keel, carried on average high.
Legs: Legs hidden in the plumage of the hips; medium long legs, with fine bone structure.
Musculature: Well developed.
Pigmentation: Very intense.
Skin: White, elastic.
Belly: Full and wide, well developed.
2 - WEIGHTS
ROOSTER: Kg. 2,2-3,0
HEN: Kg. 2,1-2,5
Presence of keel or baleen; yellow tarsi.
Male: weight less than kg. 1.9
Female: weight less than kg. 1.8
3 - PLUMAGE
Conformation: Wide, well-fitting, medium-rigid pens.
IV - COLORS
Pure black background color with abundant bright green reflections, especially in the male; sparkling blue wing mirror. Eyes: dark brown; beak: dark grass green with black notches on the top; tarsi and interdigital membrane: as black as possible; nails: black.
Pure black background color with abundant bright green reflections, especially in the male; sparkling blue wing mirror. Eyes: dark brown; beak: greenish black; tarsi and interdigital membrane: as black as possible; nails: black.
Presence of white in the plumage; brownish plumage; absence of brilliance.