Breed History; . . . 1848 " Rouens are regarded as a French
breed and appear to be the Mallard domesticated and enlarged by
selection and breeding. . . . . .. The standard weights of adult
birds, male and female, are nine and eight pounds respectively.
They are hardy and are prolific layers of large greenish eggs.
The Rouen is visibly a giant Mallard duck marked with the same color
pattern ,with drakes having green heads, white collars, claret
breast and a blue patch on the wing,.They have large very deep
bodies with the basic coloration of the Mallard ( watch bill colour
and depth if buying). The Rouen was developed in France and was
admitted to the Standard in 1874 Also known as Le carnard de
Rouen fonce' in France/Belgium . . another waddler that likes deeper
The Rouen Clair is referred to in early poultry books as the Duclair
Duck (Lewis Wright 1880's and others). According to Wright in
1901 " Much was said at one time about the Duclair duck, named
from a town between Havre and Rouen, and the chief duck of that
district ; but there appears Continental nothing distinctive about
it at all. Ducks. The colour is much like that of carelessly bred
and mis -marked Rouens, or rather of common farmyard ducks with
Rouen blood ; and those imported gave no better results than the
old English breeds. The beautiful smooth white skin so admired is
the result of French feeding, devoted to birds without keel. These
ducks are long in shape, and not so deep in body as Rouens, and
are very good layers. "
Again appearing in a variant of the common Mallard colouring but a
useful breed with reasonable laying and brooding abilities.Also
known as Le carnard de Rouen clair' in France/Belgium
DWC Show pic by Rupert Stephenson
Male in standard cage to show size
babies not full winged !
Lewis Wright 1870's