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
Ducks and the Dog
My family got five of these ducks when I was a little girl, three of them ended up being girls and two of them were boys. The 'alpha' male duck had a bill that was a different color than the other male, making it easy to tell them apart, and the girls each had some slight difference that made them easy to tell apart as well(one of the girls kept a tuft of baby-down on the back of her head that for some reason never fell out, it looked like a little tiara so we called her Queen Esther). They were all dears and well mannered ducks. When they were little they mostly avoided the dog we had at that time, as they got older that changed... The males one day decided that it would be fun to play 'chase the dog!' Now this was a big Golden Retriever, but Hannah knew that she was not allowed to hurt the ducks, so the end result was that she would try to run away from them all over the yard! Of course we would have to try to catch the ducks and get them to stop, but sometimes I think that the dog almost enjoyed it!.
From EllieB Jan 5 2019 6:00PM
It is absolutely necessary to quarantine any new birds that you plan on adding to your flock. New ducks come with new diseases and health concerns and most diseases are highly contagious. When the birds are moved to a new location they become stressed and their immune system is lowered so they may show signs of disease even if they seemed perfectly healthy before moving. There are also new protozoa and bacteria that birds need to adjust to and if you introduce your flock to new birds right away you run the risk of losing all of them to any number of diseases..
From Mia B 760 days ago
Fine for the Farm
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