Breed Rating (2 Reviews)
As the name suggests this breed originated from the Rouen, France, which is famous for the Notre Dame cathedral. However, if you go to France to find a pair of them then you will find them called the Rouen fonce. It is essentially a large version of the Mallard , created by selective breeding of domesticated Mallards.
The Rouen is quite a plump, imposing but stately bird. Due to its large size the Rouen has a reputation as a high-quality roasting bird but it is now regarded as being a slow grower, taking over a year to reach full size. The females are a mixture of brown / greenish black and the drakes have wonderful iridescent green heads with black purplish bodies. They are more easily tamed than the Mallard and have a slightly lazy air about them. They are also relatively quiet.
Grey is the standard color although there is now a much wider selection including Black, Blue and Pastel.