The Rouen duck is a domestic duck breed originally raised by French farmers. Selective breeding in England redesigned the bird by doubling its size, transforming its body into a thick, boat shape, and modifying its colors. The Rouen was brought to the United States in 1850 and the breed soon became popular as a farm duck.
Shown here is the standard Rouen, a large, blocky duck that reaches 3.6-4.5 kg (8-10 lb). It has a horizontal carriage, a deep, level keel, and its back arches from shoulders to tail. The head is round with a medium size bill that is concave along the top line. The production Rouen is a trimmer bird with a more upright carriage that typically weighs 0.9 kg (2 lb) less than the standard Rouen.
- The Rouen drake has a dark yellow bill, bright orange shanks and feet, and black eyes. His head, upper neck, and tail are dark green, lower neck and breasts are dark brown, upper back is dark gray, and lower body light gray. A white band encircles his neck and a diagonal white/blue/white line crosses his wings.
- The Rouen duck has a brown bill, dark orange shanks and feet, and black eyes. She also has the diagonal white/blue/white color pattern on her wings but the rest of her plumage is brown with black texturing.
Rouens are docile birds that are valued for their meat, however Rouen ducks are slow to mature (6-8 months).
Female Rouen shown here.
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