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Chantecler Partridge

Partridge Created by Carole AM

Breed Information, Comments, and Experience with breed:

Chanteclers were developed in Canada to fit the need for a dual-purpose bird that is hardy in winter. They have a small cushion-like comb and almost no wattles. They lay a medium sized brown egg and are said to lay year around. There are bantam & standard, although both types are considered rare. Most are found in a partridge color, although buff, white, and red does exist. I have several: Right now there are 3 roosters and 3 hens, and I am getting chicks from the eggs I've been setting. These birds are from John Blehm's line ( Mine are the partridge color, and the hens have beautiful lacing. They are quite shy, but they can be friendly when treats are given! The roosters are protective of the hens, but friendly. Some of the new chicks are super-friendly!
Description / Information
Our first Chantecler rooster, Geddy.

Comments (5)

Actually, most Chanteclers are the White variety, followed by buff according to most accounts, and partridge are probably bred the least kept (except for red) and most neglected variety.
John is a good friend of mine, and I think he would agree. Some of his partridge and buff stock came from my pens. I currently have large fowl in white, partridge, and buff along with bantams in the same three varieties.
The rooster in the photo appears to be much closer to a red than a partridge. Not a real good example of either.
White, white, white, white, white, white, white, nauseam.
Back at it...the 'chantecler' pictured appears to have a rose comb and more wattle than is proper for a pure bred bird.
Okay, now I'm falling in love with yet another breed!  Currently I am focusing on Splash Marans and Biels, but I'm afraid I MUST get a few Partridge Chanteclers!  Please, if anyone has any for sale this Spring, PM me!!!!!  Also, I see they are good in cold weather, but not so good in hot weather. I'm in Central NC (just north of Chapel Hill) and our summers are quite warm.  My coop is in tucked under tall trees and last year my girls did a bit of panting, but with a lot of water and free range opportunities, they all did fine.  Thoughts?  Thanks!
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