Rouen duck farming is very common and popular, because it is a very old breed of domestic ducks. It was originated from France, sometime before the 19th Century. And today the breed is highly popular and available throughout the world.
The Rouen ducks are among the heavy weight duck breed and they are also prolific layers. They have many similarities with the Mallard duck (actually the Mallard ducks are the ancestor of the Rouen duck, lime many other domestic duck breeds).
Rouen duck farming is practiced mainly for meat and egg production purpose. That’s why they are called dual-purpose or general purpose ducks.
The Rouen ducks were named after the ‘Rouen’, a town in north central France. They are also called by some other different names such as Rhone, Roan, Rohan etc.
However, commercial Rouen duck farming can be a very good business idea if you can manage everything perfectly. The Rouen ducks are very strong and hardy birds and they are very suitable for commercial production purpose.
How to Start Rouen Duck Farming
The Rouen ducks are relatively strong and hardy birds. So, starting Rouen duck farming business is relatively easy. They generally require less caring and management as compared to other domestic duck breeds.
Here we are trying to describe more information about starting and operating a successful Rouen duck farming business from purchasing birds to caring and marketing.
First of all, purchase very good quality, healthy and disease free ducks from any of your nearest farm or poultry market.
Purchasing the ducks from any existing farm is always good. You can also consider purchasing the ducks from any of your local online classified websites.
Like many other domestic birds, the Rouen ducks also require a good and comfortable shelter for living. And a good housing system not only helps the birds to stay healthy but also helps to protect them from predators and adverse weather. So, making a good housing system is very important.
Install good ventilation system and ensure flow of sufficient air and light inside the house. As a heavy duck breed, a mature Rouen duck will require between 4 and 5 square feet housing space. Make the house in such a way so that you can easily clean the house.
Feeding the birds with high quality and nutritious food is the most important part of Rouen duck farming business. So always try to feed your ducks with very good quality and nutritious foods. And never feed them contaminated foods.
You can feed your ducks with ready-made or commercial duck feed or poultry feeds. And always try to feed your ducks with enough clean and fresh water as per their demand.
The Rouen ducks are naturally very good breeders. So you don’t have to worry much about it if you keep sufficient amount of male ducks in your flock. Generally one male duck is enough for breeding around 10 female ducks.
The Rouen ducks generally require less caring and other management. Although taking additional caring will ensure good growth and health of the ducks.
So try to take extra care of your ducks. Vaccinate them timely and keep good contact with a vet in your area.
Marketing Rouen duck’s products is not a problem. Duck meat and eggs both have very good demand and value in the market.
So you will probably be able to easily sell the products in your local market. Although you should set your marketing strategies before starting this business.
These are the common ways and steps for starting and operating a successful Rouen duck farming business. Hope this guide has helped you! Good luck & may God bless you!