Many people almost mistakenly think that Mallard and Rouen are the same type of duck. Well, that is indeed not entirely wrong because they are still in one poultry family. The thing you need to remember is Rouen is a type of duck and chicken while Mallard is a type of duck.
What makes people mistakenly think that Rouen is Mallard is when female Rouen has a colour and style that is almost similar to female Mallard. But in body shape, Mallard and Rouen had striking differences, especially their breasts. Rouen’s chest looks more downward which makes them look like they have a longer neck. While Mallard has a rounded chest that makes their neck shorter. Rouen duck can be distinguished from wild mallard duck by the presence of a second stripe which runs across their face, just under their eye, whereas mallard duck has only one stripe which runs across their eye.
In appearance, Rouen glimpsed similar to Khaki Campbell. Starting from the chest structure, neck length, and color of their feathers, everything is exactly the same. The appearance is clearly different from Mallard who has a highlighted feather color. Even though the beauty of the feather is female Mallard, the descendants of both of them must inherit that beauty.
Talking of Rouen and Mallard, differences not only stop on their appearance but also on how to care for them. Here is the difference between Rouen and Mallard in their care.
- Rouen was more assertive while Mallard was more distant from humans
Mallard tends to avoid human because he thinks humans are a threat. But the funny thing is, Mallard will wildly peck your hands in shame to ask for food. In this way Mallard is usually tamed and treated at home. You need a little effort to approach Mallard if you want to keep it at home. Unlike Mallard who tends to avoid human, Rouen is calm when close to humans. Their attitude is normal and quite calm. Rouen is known as a type of laying duck. Many people choose Rouen to be bred because they can produce high-level eggs even though the egg size is slightly smaller than other laying duck.
- Rouen couldn’t stand it cold like Mallard
Mallard is known as a wild duck that can withstand any weather condition. When winter hits, they can still adapt well even though it is a bit difficult to find food. As long as there are enough water sources, Mallard can survive during the winter. Although immunity Rouen is known to be one of the strongest duck Rouen isn’t quite resistant to cold weather. Maybe the wild whipped Mallard harder than Rouen, who is usually chosen by people to be livestock? Well, it’s too low to conclude like that. There are many factors that need to be studied more deeply about this. And, the ability of individual duck with one another is different. We cannot assume that all types of ducks are the same using only one individual.
- Rouen often kept humans while Mallard wasn’t too
As explained earlier, many people take care of Rouen for their eggs, considering the high egg production even though it is slightly smaller in size. This advantage is certainly not wasted by human to breed them. That’s why Rouen is often used as a poultry industry. This is inversely proportional to Mallard who is difficult to approach. Mallard doesn’t mean being anti-human. Many people maintain Mallard because of the beauty of their aesthetic feathers. But to be commercialized, Rouen is more profitable so that they are cared for by many people, especially for industrial affair.
- Rouen was easier to tame than Mallard
Because it was not from a wild duck race, Rouen was more adaptable to human than Mallard. Mallard was known for his fierce temperament plus they were a little evasive from human that was the reason why Mallard was a little difficult to tame than Rouen even though Rouen was also initially wild.
In terms of food, between Rouen and Mallard had no distinction. They are like other omnivorous duck who often eat things that don’t make sense for their omnivorous name. Mallard prefers to settle in a slightly wet place on the edge of the lake and they will form colony.
Whatever the type of duck, we must know about their character. Their character will determine how we treat them. Caring for them can’t only use our method as human, but also must adjust to how the habit of the animals we care for. Wrong human perception, it will be wrong to care for it. Error in caring for animal will create problems for the animals themselves.
Problem that often arise such as changes in emotion and the emergence of a disease become normal things arise when we choose the wrong method for the animals that we maintain. Even though it’s been close for some time, it won’t guarantee that you really understand their character completely.