Ducks: Rouen Chiara duck

Ducks: Rouen Chiara duck

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Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics

France. Selection of common ducks from Normandy with Mallard.
The light type is the original of French origin, the dark variety is due to the English and German selection and is a breed now distinct from the progenitor.
There Rouen Chiara it is a heavy breed originating in France (Normandy); there Rouen dark, worse depositor of Chiara (and less precocious), it is quite widespread in England and Germany.
In the past, the Rouen Chiara was highly bred as a meat breed, despite the bad attitude towards deposition. It seems to have been obtained from the crossing with wild duck and subsequent selection. Early breed with fine skeleton and good muscle masses, which meat of excellent quality.
Particularly appreciated in France as the Bresse breed between chickens and Toulouse among geese. It lays pale green eggs.

Morphological characteristics

French breed par excellence. Very elongated, wide shape. Length is the distinctive feature of Rouen. Despite its size, it retains its elegance.
Coloring: Trout.

Medium weight:
- Male: 3.5 - 4.0 kg
- Female: 3.0 - 3.5 kg

Rouen Chiara Duck (photo

Breed standard - FIAV

I - General

France. Selection of common ducks from Normandy with Mallard.

Minimum weight g. 80
Shell color: white with green shades.

Male and female: 18

II - Type and Address for Selection
French breed par excellence. Despite its size, it retains its elegance.

III - Standard
General Appearance and Characteristics of the Breed

1 - Form
Trunk: very elongated, elegant, of a good width, sharply inclined towards the back.
Head: Rather elongated; the forehead neither too high nor too flat.
Beak: long and wide; yellow, of a slightly greenish tint, with no median longitudinal black line in the male: ocher yellow with light greenish veiling in the female.
Eyes: very large; dark iris, very dark brown in the female.
Neck: medium length and gracefully arched.
Back: long, inclined towards the back and rounded on the sides.
Wings: well tightened to the body.
Tail: closed flow, extension of the back line.
Chest: full and well rounded.
Legs: legs of medium length. Medium length tarsi; the attachment positioned in the middle of the body: fine bone; orange yellow color.
Belly: well developed; more rounded in the female; must not crawl.

Serious defects:
Lack of size, width and length; beak stained with greenish black; habit too horizontal; crooked tail; creeping belly.

2 - Weight
Male: kg. 3.5-4.0
Female: kg. 3.0-3.5

3 - Plumage
Conformation: soft, well-tightened to the body.

IV - Colors

Green head and neck with pure white collar, well delimited on the front and around 4/5 of the circumference of the neck, without the presence of gray. Chest and lower part of the neck red brown with white edging at the end of each feather. Light gray belly that fades to white without reaching the tail which is black. Pearl gray back, darker than the hips. Wing mirror in violet blue with bright reflections, well delimited on both sides by white, pearl gray sides without mixed brown. Final part of the bright black back. Tail whitish gray feathers, bright black curls.
Throat and front part of the neck shaded cream, without extending excessively on the chest. Above the eye there is a slight almost white curve, the presence of which is strictly required, which forms the eyebrow. On the cheeks another almost white line that goes from the eye to the junction of the beak. The rest of the plumage must be of a light and opaque isabella tone. Each feather on the back features a dark brown horseshoe-shaped design.
Serious defects:
Male: presence of gray in the green of the head; irregular collar, too narrow or too wide, closed behind or interrupted; chest without hemming or a uniform red or with excessive white; red feathers mixed on the sides and on the back; defective hemming in the wing mirror; wing mirror too narrow or missing. Plumage in general with strong red hues, white feathers in the wings, peppery in the plumage.
Female: absence of the eyebrow line; chest too light (whitish); no hemming of the wing mirror, mirror too narrow or missing. Lack of pattern in the plumage.

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