Scientific name: Anas platyrhynchos domesticus
Other common names: Exhibition Rouen; Production Rouen; Giant Mallard Duck
The Rouen Duck was first developed in the 1700's around the town of Rouen, in Normandy, France. The Rouen was derived from the Mallard, and shares the same color of plumage, though it is a much larger and heavier duck. By the early-1800's, the Rouen had become a very popular meat bird in England, and its size had been increased through selective breeding. By 1850, the Rouen had been introduced to North America, and breed was accepted by the American Poultry Association in 1874.
There are two types of Rouen Ducks. The exhibition Rouen can reach 12 pounds in weight, and is primarily raised for show. The production Rouen weighs around eight pounds, and is popular, especially in Europe, for its egg and meat production.
Varieties: Apricot, Black, Blue, Fawn, Mallard, Pastel varieties
Uses: Exhibition, Meat
Personality: Calm, sweet and lazy
Suitable housing: Free range during the day, or large pen
Capable of flight: No
Standard (Exhibition variety): 9 - 10 lbs
Production: 7 - 8 lbs
Broody: Yes, but standard sized hens can crush their eggs
Noise level: Below average
Egg production: Fair - Good
Egg color: White
Meat production: Excellent gourmet quality meat fowl, with lean meat. Slower developing then most meat waterfowl.
What else you should know:
Standard bred Rouen take around six to eight months to sexually mature, and a little over a year to put on all their body weight.
Deep keels on the exhibition bloodline of Rouen can cause fertility problems. Therefore, it is best to keep multiple drakes, and to have a few drakes that are a bit smaller in weight and keel size.
tolerant, good foragers, excellent eating bird, good allaround duck, duck eggs
slow growth, egg laying ability
slug control, good nesters, 4H bird, green eggs, Great pets
"I have had Rouen Ducks for years, and I have never had a problem with them. They are not great egg layers but during spring and early summer lay almost every day. If you free range them then they will hide the eggs and nest. They are good nesters and better at hatching than other duck breeds we have had. <br><br> They are a little shy. They are not afraid of people but will not get as close as Pekins. They seem to be remarkably good meat birds, although they take longer to mature than other ducks. I think the slow growth helps them stay healthier. <br><br>They are not unusually loud or noisy, but are just good overall ducks to have. They do look exactly like wild mallards and the only way I can tell them apart when Mallards stop by is because the Rouen is bigger."
From notpit Apr 17 2013 11:23AM
"Female rouen ducks are plain brown, and although cute, are not as striking as the males who have a distinctive green head and neck. Our ducks had mild personalities, mostly keeping to themselves. They were not very social, and would run away if we tried to approach them.<br><br>They lay decent sized eggs that taste amazing. I think duck eggs have the best flavor of any fowl. The flavor of duck meat depends on their diet. If they eat a lot of fish and waterlife, they will have a fishy-gamey flavor, if they eat a more regular diet of bugs and some feed, they will have a delicious fatty flavor, but be forewarned, ducks do not have white meat, which is fine by me since I prefer brown meat anyway.<br><br>I would get Rouen ducks again in a heartbeat. They are fun to have around, especially if there's some water around for them to play in. They are generally very quiet and won't bother anyone.."
From zackreynolds Dec 31 2014 12:27PM
"On the farm, we had a lot of various animals we had to take care of. One quirk about ducks, is that they are pretty easy to keep. They do not require a lot of attention, unless you want to show them. They learn what they need to, in the time they need to, but nothing much more. It took a couple of months to train the ducks to come in night, but after they never messed up again. For my experiences, I tend to believe that the more beautiful the duck, the greater its temper seems to be. A good duck to own or show, but not really good for breeding large quantities.."
From AnthonyNaprstek May 29 2014 10:44AM