The Duclair is a breed of duck that was named after the town of Duclair in Normandy, France. It is a type of Rouen duck and is similar to the Swedish Blue. Official standards for the breed were established in 1923.
Duclair ducks are prized for their meat, which has been described as having a unique flavor, tasting like a cross between veal and lamb. Males of the breed can weigh up to 6.6 pounds and females up to 5.5 pounds. There are two color varieties of Duclair ducks: black and blue. Both varieties have a white bib and a single white feather on each wing. The eggs of the Duclair ducks have blue-green shells and are larger than chicken eggs and are known for their high levels of Vitamin A and Vitamin D.
Duclair ducks are known to lay around 80 to 100 eggs per year and have a hatch time of 26 to 28 days. The ducklings are strong and resilient and do not easily fall prey to disease, making them a good choice for differing climates.
Duclair ducks live off a simple diet of a variety of insects and crustaceans. They consume flies, beetles, worms, and dragonflies. The Duclair duck is an excellent forager and are able to fend for themselves in the wild.
Duclair ducks are considered to be a very tame and very calm duck. This makes the Duclair duck a very good choice for a beginner pet. They roam freely and also take care of themselves. Another plus is that the Duclair duck does not have any known diseases, so worrying about catching a disease from a duck or the other potential animals you take in as a pet.
Duclair ducks are most widely known in the culinary world for their meat and egg production. They are attractive to chefs and consumers due to their rapid growth rate. A Duclair duck is smaller than an average duck, but due to its affinity to disease and excellent taste, it is a highly sought after meat that is mainly served in high-scale restaurants. Despite being low maintenance pets, a majority of Duclair ducks are bred to produce meat.
Duclair Ducks have three eyelids with the third found on the side of the eye. The third eyelid is called the nictitating membrane.The Duclair duck, whether it is flying or swimming underwater, has superior vision to other species of ducks. In fact, whenever Duclair ducks swim underwater/fly, they blink their eyelids. When blinking their eyelids, it acts as a windshield wiper to clear their eyes, which then helps them when diving underwater, and also helps when drying out eyes when flying.
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