Houdan
Other Names:
Normandy Fowl
Origin:
France
Egg Color:
White
Egg Size:
Large
Avg # eggs:
50/yr
Comb:
Vcomb
Standard Cock Size:
3.60 kg
Standard Hen Size:
3.00 kg
Bantam Cock Size:
0.97 kg
Bantam Hen Size:
0.85 kg

Houdan

Houdans are one of the oldest French breed of chicken, named after the town of Houdan. Houdans are large, heavy looking birds, bred for the table and have a bold, active character. Their head is large and crested with a short beak, leaf type comb, muffled face, small rounded wattles and earlobes. Their legs are mottled black, free of feathers and like the Faverolles and Dorking, have a fifth toe.

Houdans do tend towards broodiness but are not good sitters as they are too heavy and tend to break the eggs. They do need a special drinker as their large crest and beard get wet and dirty if they use conventional ones so require just a little water in a bowl.

Houdans are extremely docile in nature and like to be handled especially if they have been raised from young.

References

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houdan_chicken
  2. https://livestockconservancy.org/index.php/heritage/internal/houdan
  3. http://www.ansi.okstate.edu/breeds/poultry/chickens/houdan