Black East Indian Ducks
The Black East Indian ducks is an excellent flier and rather flighty and many consider it a good idea to view it management wise as a semi wild fowl rather than the domestic duck of its classification. It’s not a good egg layer so it is kept for ornament and for exhibition which doesn’t make it a back yard bird or smallholding choice. Interestingly the first eggs that it does lay can be covered in a sooty black deposit but as time goes on they will be a uniform dull white. It needs access to water to keep its plumage perfect and if you want to breed, keep as a trio or pair. The striking black plumage is overlaid with a glossy, beetle- green sheen and there should not be any white feathers in sight although older females may develop some. The aim is for a solid color. The bill and legs are black and the the eyes dark brown.
Uses: Exhibition, ornamental.
Eggs: 40 to 100 White Eggs.
Weight: Drake: 1.5 lbs. Duck: 1.5 lbs.
Useful to Know: Drakes will remain black, but females will get white patches as they age. The Black East Indian ducks are thought to have originated from America. It has a beetle green iridescent sheen to it that can only be seen at certain angles as the light reflects off the plumage. This color gene is shared with the Cayuga, also from America. The Black East Indian entered the standards in 1865. In America this duck entered the American Standard of Perfection in 1874 and is called the East Indies.
Bantam Ducks are very good garden ducks. Much lighter in weight than the traditional egg-laying and table birds, the bantams can make very good pets. Tight sitters and fair layers, these smaller ducks will make less mess in the garden than Rouens or Indian Runners. If pets and looks are more important than performance, then bantams are a good choice. Bantam ducks are now given a separate category from Call Ducks at the shows since the Calls are so numerous, and now have several standard colors.