Rouen Clair Ducks
The Rouen Clair Ducks have a slightly foggy history but appears to originate from the Picardy region to the north of Paris around 1920. It was created from the Rouen duck which itself was created in the Rouen area, slightly to the west of Picardy 50 years earlier in the 1860’s, mainly as a commercial duck. Feathered World Magazine in 1933 had an article from van Gink who said it was Monsieur Rene Garry who produced them by crossing and careful selection, selecting ducks with a lighter ground color from the farms in the region. What went into the end result is unknown but van Gink went on to say he felt they had Pekin blood in them due to the shape of the head, which was unknown in Europe before the Pekin arrived.
Confusingly there is also the Rouen breed but the Rouen Clair is a separate breed and is standardized separately.
Very calm and docile and cannot fly well. It lays between 100- 200 eggs a year, much better than the Rouen in numbers. It needs space to forage or it can get too fat and ideally a pond especially if you intend to breed from the ducks as they need water to mate more easily. Best to keep as a breeding trio. They are usually quite pricey to buy as they are prized on the exhibition bench.
Uses: Utility: meat.
Eggs: 40 to 120 White Eggs.
Origin: Picardy region, France.
Weight: Drake: 8-9 lbs. Duck: 7-8 lbs.
Useful to Know: Heavy ducks mate more successfully in deeper water.
Domesticated ducks are raised for meat, eggs, exhibition, pets and down. All varieties of domesticated ducks are descended from the mallard, apart from the Muscovy duck, which seems to be a breed of it’s own.