rouen clair duck

Rouen Clair Duck

Anas platyrhynchos rouen_clair


Description

Rouen Ducks are domestic ducks which are similar in color and pattern to wild Mallard Ducks, but are much larger in size. Females are brown in color with a blue stripe on each wing. Males also have brown bodies with blue wing stripes, and also have green heads, red chests, and a white stripe around the neck.

Size

Mature adults weigh 7-8 pounds.

Adaptations

Diet

The ducks at Cosley Zoo are fed commercially prepared duck food pellets.

Reproduction

Rouen Ducks are poor egg layers, producing fewer than 125 eggs per year. The incubation period for duck eggs is approximately 28 days.

Shelter and Space Needs

Domestic ducks require shelter from the wind and rain, access to food and water, and fencing to keep them contained. Rouen Ducks require only a low fence due to their limited flight ability. The ducks at Cosley Zoo are kept on a pond surrounded by trees and shrubs that serve as shelter.

Life Expectancy

Domestic ducks kept as pets live an average of 8-12 years.

Importance to Man

Rouen Ducks are raised primarily for meat. Their eggs can also be eaten.

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