The Rouen Ducks originate from the Rouen area of France and is a very old breed of duck, bred on the farms in the area for its table qualities. It closely resembles the wild Mallard in its plumage colors except it is a darker color. When it was imported into England, it was selectively bred to achieve the darker color and larger size than the farm yard ducks produced in France to suit the exhibition requirements the English were interested in.
The Rouen can take almost a year to achieve its full size which means they have lost favor commercially so are now normally only found used for ornamental and exhibition purposes.
Uses: Utility: meat although now more for exhibition.
Eggs: 60 to 150 Eggs.
Weight: Drake: 10 lbs. Duck: 9 lbs.
Colors: Wild Color, Blue, Apricot
Useful to Know: An extremely heavy duck with good table qualities but slow growing.
The Rouen Ducks are quite a plump, imposing but stately bird. Due to its large size the Rouen has a reputation as a high quality roasting bird but it is now regarded as being a slow grower, taking over a year to reach full size. The females are a mixture of brown/greenish black and the drakes have wonderful iridescent green heads with black purplish bodies. They are more easily tamed than the Mallard and have a slightly lazy air about them. They are also relatively quiet.
Grey is the standard color although there is now a much wider selection including Black, Blue and Pastel.
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.