Facts about Golden Cascade Ducks. The Golden Cascade Duck is being bred in the U.S mainly for its eggs and as a backyard bird. The Golden Cascade Duck derived its name from its golden hue and from the popular Cascade Range of the Northwest America. The Cascade Range straddles along the western side of North America, up from Northern California to British Columbia. Both Golden Cascade Ducks male and females are medium weight breeds. Developed for domestication purposes, the Golden Cascade Duck is known for the red tinge prominent on its head.Golden Cascade Duck
Characteristics of Golden Cascade Duck
The Golden Cascade duck prides itself because of its golden plumage. It isn’t masked by entire gold color as there is some yellow-beige around the neck area. The Drake Golden Cascade Duck exhibit a red tinge on their breasts while their undercarriage remains white. Drakes also have orange or brown legs, medium length yellow bill, prominent white ring around the neck and green-brown heads. Buff or fawn plumage and orange bills with some brown markings feature the female Drake.
The Golden Cascade Duck are medium weight breeds weighing up to 8 pounds (3.6 kg) but the females weigh about a Pound less than the drakes. With their satin green head, the Golden Cascade Ducks have a throat, which can turn light fawn. The older Golden Cascade ducks can molt to buff or fawn that covers the body and the head (this is common with the drakes). Younger drakes are known to have chestnut chest with golden-yellow buff to white sides, shoulders and belly. The sex of Golden Cascade ducklings may be identified because of the down color (lighter for females and darker for males).
A Golden Cascade Duck is a Precocial (meaning) Born or hatched with the eyes open, a covering of hair or down, capable of a high degree of independent activity from birth and able to leave the nest just a few hours after hatching.
An male adult Golden Cascade Duck is called a (drake) and a adult female Golden Cascade Duck is called a (hen). A young baby Golden Cascade Duck is called a (duckling). A group of ducks is called a brace, raft, team, flock, or paddling. The male Golden Cascade Ducks (drakes) are the brighter colored ducks while the female (hen) are usually a plain colored brown for hiding purposes to be camouflaged from their enemies when they are sitting in their nests.
Underneath the water-proof coat are downy soft fluffy feathers which keep the Golden Cascade Ducks body warm. Golden Cascade Ducks keep clean by being able to turn their heads completely backwards, and put their beaks into their feathers by preening themselves.
Golden Cascade ducks are relatively tough duck breeds though they may require vaccination to prevent diseases such as avian cholera. The Golden Cascade Duck require a lot of grains but don’t feed your duck with food containing erucic acid.
The Golden Cascade ducks lay their eggs from January through August, take a few weeks off and commence again until the beginning of the brooding season. The spring ducklings will start laying at the start of fall.
Features about the Golden Cascade duck
A "bill" is what is call a Golden Cascade Ducks mouth. There are no teeth in the Golden Cascade Ducks bill, they have rows of thin bristles, which helps them to filter pieces of nutrition out of the water. Golden Cascade Ducks swallow there food whole and it goes to an organ called a gizzard, were the food is first ground up and than moves on to the stomach. The different bill shapes and sizes for finding food, has over time mutated to fit each environment. The Golden Cascade Duck bill is flat and broad and has rows of fine incision along the outer edge called "lamellae". meaning a thin membrane, plate, scale or layer, as of cell wall or bone tissue. The larnellae helps the Golden Cascade Duck to clutch food for feeding.
The Golden Cascade Ducks are related to swans and geese and the duck is the smallest of these birds with shorter wings and neck and a stocky body. Golden Cascade Ducks on average, live 4 to 8 years and can live up to 12 years, depending on the breed. Golden Cascade Ducks are omnivores; meaning - an animal that eats food of both animal and plant and origin.
Golden Cascade Ducks Water-proof feathers
Golden Cascade Ducks have webbed feet, that makes them act like paddles, designed for swimming. The Golden Cascade Duck push their webbed paddle feet back in a kicking motion, this allows them to move swift through the water and when the feet come back, they close for less water resistance. The Golden Cascade Ducks paddle feet do not feel cold, even when it swims in cold icy water. The webbed feet makes a Golden Cascade Duck waddle instead of walk. The Golden Cascade Ducks feet have capillaries which help blood flow to their feet. The warm blood flow down the leg and creates a heat exchange system. When the blood flows down the leg, it meets the cold blood and is warmed up to keep the Golden Cascade Ducks feet warm. Ducks feet are thin because they contain soft tissue and few muscles.
Features about Golden Cascade Duck egg
A Golden Cascade Duck egg has twice the nutritional value than a chicken egg and will stay fresh longer because of their thicker shell.
Golden Cascade Duck eggs are richer with more Albumen "the white of an egg" making pastries and cakes richer and fluffier. A Golden Cascade Duck Egg has more Omega 3 fatty acids than a chicken egg. Omega 3 is thought to improve skin health, memory and Brain health. Golden Cascade Duck Eggs are an Alkaline producing food and a Chicken egg is an acid food and leaves your body more acid. Golden Cascade Duck eggs are high in Cholesterol. Duck eggs have 6 times the Vitamin D and 2 times the Vitamin A than a chicken egg. Duck eggs have 2 times the cholesterol than a chicken egg.
The male Golden Cascade Duck will guard their nest by chasing away other ducks. Once the female
A special feature that the Golden Cascade Duck has is its water-proof feathers, even when the duck dives underwater, its downy under-layer of feathers will stay totally 100% dry. There is a special gland called the "Preen Gland" also called Oil Gland or Uropygial, that produces oil that is near the Golden Cascade Ducks tail which covers and spreads the outer coat of the Golden Cascade Ducks feathers, which makes the duck water-proof.
"Scientific name for Golden Cascade Duck Anas Platyrhynchos" meaning - Wild dabbling duck from which domestic ducks are descended; widely distributed. From New Latin "anas" meaning (Duck) and the word Platyrhynchos comes from "platyrrhine", Ancient Greek meaning (broad snouted, flat-bridged nose).
Golden Cascade Duck lays 5 to 10 eggs, she will start to sit on her eggs to keep them warm so that they can hatch into baby ducklings. The eggs will hatch on average within 26 to 28 days. Baby Golden Cascade ducklings are able to fly within 5 to 8 weeks. Golden Cascade Ducks will lay more eggs, when there is more daylight, that's why farmers will keep the lights on in the ducks house for longer periods of time.
Golden Cascade Ducks see in color with very good vision and can see well underwater. Golden Cascade Ducks have three eyelids the third eyelid called nictitating membrane. They have a top and bottom as well as a third eyelid that is found on the side of the eye. The Golden Cascade Ducks eyelid blinking acts as a windshield wiper to clear the eye. This helps to see when diving under water can also help the eye from drying out while flying. This is an act of constantly cleaning and keeping the eye moist.