My First Black Cayuga Duck Egg!
I’ve been waiting, rather impatiently, for our Black Cayuga duck hen to lay her first egg. Today I was pleasantly surprised with this beauty. 🙂 I was expecting a darker colored shell, but it is still a rather interesting shade. I think the dark color will wash off, however.
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This brings the number of duck hens in my flock that are laying eggs back up to four. Hopefully I’ll be collecting nearly an egg a day from each duck for quite some time. I’d like to put some eggs in the incubator before the weather gets chilly. We’ll see how that goes.
This duck is approximately 5 months old and this is her first egg. My Pekins laid eggs at a slightly younger age (about 4.5 months old). The Black Cayuga may have originated from the English Black duck that was quite common in England until the Aylesbury duck was bred for better production and easier dressing (lighter colored feathers). I think it’s kind of neat to have an old heritage breed of duck, but I don’t think I will be able to breed these ducks with my limited space. So I will probably keep just the female, and the males will be processed for meat soon.
I hope that my duck egg customers aren’t turned off by the unusual color of the shell. Would you eat this egg?