Even the name of this pretty birds makes it a great bird to own. The Duclair duck is a great egg layer, meat and show bird (although it is not a recognized standard by the APA). The Duclair duck is said to be the best duck around for roast duck with an outstanding flavor and meat quality.
For a first-time duck owner, this is one of the best breeds to get. They love to free range and take care of themselves as they are excellent hunters and foragers. They are also calm, gentle and get very tame they more they get to know their humans.
They dig out all sorts of crustaceans, worms, flies, spiders and at the top of their menu are slugs and snails. Your garden is bound to be pest free in no time at all with these beauties. They will also give you lots of lovely large eggs for the best nutrition and great textured cakes.
|Country of Origin:||France|
|American Poultry Association:||yes Recognized by the American Poultry Association|
|Duck Category:||Not Categorized|
|Duck Class:||Not Classified|
|Good starter duck?||Yes|
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|Other names known by:||Duclair Enten (German) and Canard Duclair (French)|
|Bantam Variety Available?||No|
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APPEARANCE / IDENTIFICATION
|EYES⇒||Same for M & F||Dark Brown/Black|
|BILL⇒||Same for M & F||Yellow/Mottled/Brown|
|*Black bean tipped|
|LEGS⇒||Same for M & F||Orange|
|FEET⇒||Same for M & F
|WINGS⇒||Same for M & F||Blue and Black Varieties have either brown or black wings|
|The Blue and Black Variety have a single white feather on their wings. The White variety is pure white|
|FEATHERS⇒||Same for M & F||Blue variety is mainly completely brown
The black variety is completely black with a greenish sheen
|The females are duller in color than the males. Both Blue and Black varieties have a white bib. The white variety is pure white|
|SKIN COLOR⇒||Same for M & F||White|
|*Bean: This is also called the nail. It is a small round bump found at the end of the duck’s bill. It is used for defence and to catch insects. It is almost like a fingernail and is damaged can grow back. It can also get overgrown much like fingernails if they do not have something to grind it down on.|
|** Note: This is an average weight for the male duck and not a guaranteed weight|
Eggs, Meat, Breeding and pets
Breeding, meat and pets
|“Friendly and calm”|
|Good with Kids?||They can be around supervised, kids|
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|Flyers?||They do not fly|
|Noisy Birds?||Not that noisy but they can be a bit chatty when the mood takes them|
|Interact with other ducks?||They interact well with other ducks as they can be quite social|
|Best duck breeds to mix them with:||Any domesticated breed of duck .|
|Other animals?||They do not fuss around other domestic animals. But you should always watch dogs and cats around any kind of bird|
|“They are a hardy breed that likes to forage and fend for themselves. So, like a bit of ground to do so”|
|Ideal Garden Size?||Small, medium to large and or homestead/farm|
|Can be Confined?||No-They prefer being out and about wondering freely|
|Free-Range||This is their ideal environment where they can hunt for pests in the garden|
|Penned Free-Ranging?||As long as there is enough fresh foraging ground for them to hunt|
|Foragers||They are excellent foragers who will avidly rid your garden of slugs and snails|
|Endures heat well||Yes|
|Endures cold well||Yes|
|Ideal Duck House:||A decent sized hutch what is well ventilated and insulated|
|Ideal Duck Pond:||Plastic splash pool or small shallow pond for dipping in|
|Flock/Paddling Size:||Two or more|
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GOOD TO KNOW
|Special Care/Attention Requirements?||They have no special needs|
|Known Predators:||Check with animal control in your area for known predators|
|Conservations Status:||Not Listed For more information on poultry, conservation status, check the American Livestock Conservancy Website|
|Breeders Clubs:||It is best to check with the American Poultry Association for various clubs and or organizations.|
|Where to buy them:||Purely Poultry, Metzer Farms or check with your local poultry farms or suppliers, the APA
or check with the American Livestock Conservancy
|Other:||If you do not want to risk having your ducks shipped check with your local poultry farms for advice on your nearest supplier.|
The Duclair duck comes from France and was named after the town where it was found. The town of Duclair in Normandy France.
The Duclair is a type of Rouen duck with the blue variety looking very similar to the Swedish Blue. In fact, some people cannot tell the two breeds apart.
This beautiful duck has a sweet quiet nature and is a prolific layer of large bluish-green eggs. Their meat is also lean and well know to taste like a mix of veal and lamb.
They have a single white feather on each wing which is unique to their characteristic and are quite fast to mature reaching their table weight at around eight weeks old.
They do not have any known health issues
- Ducks need water to ensure they do not get “wet feather” disease. This is where the preening gland dries out. Water also stops them from getting pests such as mites, fleas, ticks, lice, etc.
- Well, fed ducks should hardly have any health issues.
- Any birds kept in a flock need to be dewormed. Although ducks are not as prone as other poultry they should still have a de-worming regime. Speak to a local vet or poultry experts for advice. Our article on Healthy Ducks has some great tips and advice on de-worming ducks.