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This breed gets its name from Lake Cayuga, just west of New York, America. They were bred from the wild Black Duck and Rouen. They arrived in the UK when they were shown at the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace in 1851.


As this breed was developed in North America it is used to harsh conditions. The Cayuga is a hardy breed and both the drake and the hen have good temperament and are quiet. When they first start to lay, their eggs can be completely black and this is a good sign that the resulting duck with have a good colour. The ducks do not remain black for all their life and often produce white feathers as they get older, which tend to appear after each moult.


The standard variety is black with iridescent green feathers, although recently a solid Blue was developed in America.


Fairly common

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- Linda, 19 August 2013

I have a hen cayuga since few days old a year and half ago..she is mommys pretty princess and she knows it...her name is Shirley Linnie aka princess aka mommys llittle chicken chaser...she is my only duck that constantly chase my hens . I also have 2 pekin drakes a pekin hen a son from my coty and princess that is 13 wks noq and a male mallard...6 kids and each one has their own special awesome personalitys. They r very spoiled and they know it...they r very smart...

           Lovely ducks.

- June, 09 October 2012

I started keeping Cayuga's from April when I hatched some incubated eggs. A really beautiful, sweet natured and friendly duck to own. The black feathers have a beautiful irridescent green gloss and they look stunning! Mine I'm guessing won't lay until next springtime because they are only a few months old but I'm looking forward to hatching some of their eggs next year.

           We love our cayuga duck

- Erica, 27 June 2012

We added a cayuga duck to our chicken flock and she is very sweet. Very quiet and friendly. Hasn't started laying yet but we're looking forward to it.

           Excellent Pet for a bird lover!

- Craig, 03 November 2011

I own two of these ducks. Both have been hand raised, and are handled by a number of people on a regular basis. Both believe they are dogs, relate to people the same way dogs relate to people, do not shy away from any animal and are very loyal and loving. Both are black, but there is a high degree of green in their feathers when placed in sunlight! I get many questions about them and almost everyone who meets them wants to take one home, (that will never happen as long as I'm breathing. I'd suggest this to anyone wanting a loving bird as a pet! Just feed them, treat them well, and you will have a friend for life!

           Lovely ducks with wonderful temper.

- Gavin, 25 July 2011

Realy good to have around and very low maintanance. Have a nice soft quack


Breeders Clubs for Cayugas

British Waterfowl Association



Tel: 01892 740212

Domestic Waterfowl Club



Tel: 01488 638014

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