Every year, in the summer, ducks molt. This is when they shed all of their old and damaged feathers and grow new ones. During this time Drakes (males) and Hens (females) look alike and they cannot fly. Some of our current pictures show bird mid-molt.
Cayuga ducks are named for Lake Cayuga, New York. They are the only duck breed of American origin. These duck first appear to be black but as the sun catches them you will see a beautiful green and blue tint to their feathers. Cayugas lay a black egg in the spring and their eggs get progressively lighter throughout the year until they are white. Cayugas have a moderate brooding instinct.
Pekin ducks are a heavy breed. Males can reach 14 lbs. They are a dual purpose bird. The are excellent meat birds. The will regularly lay eggs for their first year, then become sporadic layers. Pekins have no natural brooding instincts.
There are 2 Drakes and 4 Hens in this picture. Can you spot them?
Meet Little Roo!
Did You Know???
Originating from the French city of Toulouse, the Toulouse Goose is a domesticated goose primarily raised as a farm animal or meat goose. Toulouse is also a recognized show ring breed. They are heavy birds with plumage that is softer and fuller than average farmyard geese. They are not good fliers. The average adult size of a Toulouse Goose is between 15 and 20 pounds. They are considered utility birds and are moderate egg-layers with a production of between 25 and 40 eggs a year.
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Both of these pictures are of one of our Drakes named Little Roo. The picture on the left is Little Roo in February, 2015. The picture on right is also Little Roo but was take in August, 2015 while he is in the middle of molting.