Rouen Ducks are a breed very similar to the popular Mallard Duck in plumage, but the Rouen will grow to be much larger. Their colorful and familiar Mallard colored plumage makes them a quite popular duck breed for pets, show ducks, or simply to stock ones pond. This breed of duck is named after the town of Rouen in France. The French raised these rouens as large and tame versions of the Mallard duck. The Rouen became available in the United States in 1850.
How Rouens Measure Up!
This breed grows slower than the Pekin, thus you will be able to enjoy the maturation process for a bit longer. Like Pekins, Rouen ducks are members of the heavy duck class. Unlike their smaller Mallard cousins, Rouen ducks are too large to fly. This makes them a more suitable pet duck, as you will not have to worry about clipping wings. The Rouen Duck is not known for its egg laying abilities, but it is a large bird that will produce a substantial amount of fowl meat if processed.
These ducks exhibit a quiet and calm temperament, making them an excellent choice for a home flock or as pets ducks. Rouens are very sociable and entertaining, and will certainly become excellent friends as you raise them.