Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder),
Bred animal myself
Posted Apr 17, 2013
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.
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.
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