Pros: Good layers, especially for winter.

Cons: Flighty, not good in hot weather.

  Chanteclers are an okay breed. They are excellent in cold weather; as they come from frigid Canada. However, these birds do not do well in torrid, hot weather. They are fairly good layers, but they are flighty. If you are looking for a pet breed this isn't your breed ;]


Pros: winter hardy, active, adaptive, productive, self reproduces,

Cons: difficult to find, hens can be pretentious

In want of winter hardy fowl we opted to purchase Partridge Chantecler chicks.  They were a fearless bunch that jumped all over us as soon as we opened the brooder.  Their growth and size amazed us, as roosters were ready for butchering at just three to four months.  The meat was delicious, and tender without being fatty.


The hens started laying a little before six months, and have proven to be steady productive hens.  We do not give our birds light during the winter, but they didn't seem to notice.


Chanteclers love food, and free-ranging will dramatically decrease your feed bill. Also, free-ranged fowl have grown just as quickly as those that where penned. (This has not been the case with many of the breeds we raise.)


Our roosters are friendly, and easy to handle. The hens are nice, but are stuck up. They don't just think, they know they are better then our other chickens, and prefer to be with other Chanteclers. 


Pros: Friendly, good foragers, cold-hardy, pretty

Cons: extremely broody

I have 3 partridge chantecler hens. They are middle pecking order in my flock, not too bossy and not too meek. They are excellent foragers and good layers. My only strike against them is that all 3 of them are extremely broody, and it's difficult to get them off the nest once they've decided they're ready to raise chicks. I had one chantecler sit on a nest for almost 6 months! I let her because we have lots of nest boxes so she wasn't bugging anyone, and she wasn't losing weight (she was eating normally). We tried everything to get her off the nest box including 3 weeks in a nest-less cage, but she just got right back in that nest as soon as we let her back into the coop. 
Having said that, I let two of them raise babies. One of them was a great mommy, but the other killed her one baby. Not sure if that's breed-specific but thought I should mention it. 
Extremely broody hens are not great for small flocks as they take up nest space and don't lay while they're broody, so these are not great birds for small flocks, in my humble opinion. 


Pros: -Small / No Combs & Wattles, Inquisitive / intelligent, Winter Hardy, Quiet

Cons: -Flighty

These ladies are a sharp looking bird, the lack of typical chicken facial features give them a nice different appearance in comparison to other breeds.  They are quick to run away but will come back and do their typical chicken routine of scratching the ground and eating if you stay still and / or toss treats.  Mine were quick learners and seem to have responded well to a morning and nightly routine of letting them in and out of their run, I was actually a little surprised just how smart these birds seem.


I don't really want to comment on their production value at the moment as the days are shortening and they are still new, but in general I hear you can expect around 200 eggs a year.


Pros: Docile, great layers, make great pets.

I have three White Chanteclers. The oldest one, Cottonball, is the head hen of our flock and is smart and kind. Our other two hens, Aurora and Borialis, are docile and lay many eggs, and are good friends with Cottonball. We used to have one more Chantecler, but she died of many strokes at the same time. She was Aurora and Borialis's half sister. Aurora and Borialis are sisters. Cottonball is very old, she is the last chicken we have left from the first three birds we got. Chanteclers are a great breed, and there is a breeder near my house. If you're looking for a dual purpose bird, or one that makes a good pet, that is good in harsh winters, Chanteclers are the breed for you.


Pros: friendly and calm, beautiful, cold hardy

Cons: none so far

I see a lot of people are saying that Chanteclers are flightily.  That has not been my experience at all!  They are the most friendly and curious of all my breeds.  When I'm in the run there is usually at least one tapping at my leg wanting treats or picked up.  Yes they like to be picked up and just being near you.  They are also good foragers and are brave.  Very smart.  They do have a bit of an attitude like they just know they are special.  They make unique noises, not loud just chatting. They are not bullies but will stand up for themselves.  My rooster is very much the gentleman and sweet natured he has never shown any aggression at all, a bit shy in fact.  He doesn't crow much and when he does its a bit different than your average, less obnoxious.  The


hens are quite a bit heavier than my other heritage breeds.  They would be a very good dual purpose bird if thats what you are looking for.  When I chose to get them my reasons were primarily that they would do well in a cold climate and I also have to say that they have done just as good or better on hot days compared to my others.  If I could have only one breed they would be it.  In the pic my roo is 4 1/2 months old.


Pros: Good forager, good layers without artificial light, cold hardy. Do well in confinement too.

Cons: Can be difficult to source, not the most common breed.

A good beginner breed, requires very little care, clean water, bedding and feed.  Adults will forage all day long if allowed out noticeably reducing feed cost.  The hens lay well without artificial light.


The standard size roosters are loud, the hens like to talk.  The breed is not flighty and can be quite friendly.


Pros: Very friendly, calm, great forager.

Cons: Haven't seen any yet

My buff Chantecler is beautiful and sweet.  I was a bit worried because my hen has a twisted wing feather.


Pros: cold hardy

Cons: don't seem to be heat hardy

   I've enjoyed different breeds of chickens.  My favorites are whatever I'm looking at at the time.  We had high hopes for the chanteclers but lost some when the temperatures approached triple digits with high humidity.  They had water and shade.  The other chickens didn't have a problem. 

       The chanteclers also seem more flighty than other breeds I have had. And they can be bullies.   At this point I won't be raising any or getting any again.  Of all the breeds I have had, these would go toward the bottom of my pecking order.




Pros: Good layer of light brown eggs, friendly, pretty, small, super cold hardy (at 8 monthes, mine do not really have a comb) rare

Cons: Possibly cant handle heat? Their real rare and do not get much regognition, don't ask me why!

I bought 6 of these pullets at the feed store last april and I just love them! I lost one chick to a predator and then one just died in the 90+ degree june weather. I think she got to hot, but i'm not sure.

My buff Chanteclers went through a few ugly phases, but now they are some of the prettiest in the flock. They have really thick, tight, glossy plumage and have small bodies that are surprisingly heavy when picked up. Also, they seem to fight a little more, but I am pretty sure all 4 are laying regularly and, one of them in particular is good and friendly.


The Chantecler was created around the 1900's by a monk from Quebec. He wanted to create the first breed from Canada for Canadians, as well as a breed that was a good layer, good for meat and could survive in harsh Canadian winters. The Chantecler was created using Cornish, Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Wyandottes, and Plymouth Rock. The White Chantecler was the first admitted colour, following the Partridge Chantecler and the Buff Chantecler. The Chantecler is a rare bird and hard to find, even in Canada.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceCold
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeMedium
Egg ColorLight Brown
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Bears confinement well,Noisy
Breed Colors/VarietiesWhite, Buff and Partridge
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
APA/ABA ClassAmerican
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Comb: Cushion
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: Cold

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Medium
Egg Color: Light Brown

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Bears confinement well,Noisy

Breed Colors / Varieties:

White, Buff and Partridge

Breed Details:

In my experience Chantecler hens are a great bird, they lay a medium sized egg, that is a light brown to pinkish in colour. They are good layers and they give an egg almost every day with taking a break once in a while. They are great birds for places with cold weather, because their combs and wattles are so small and they are nice and plump and do not get cold easily. They probably would not do well in places with high, high heat temperatures at a constant rate. They will go broody (some birds more than others) and they are great mothers that can cover a large amount of eggs. I would highly recommend Chanteclers to anyone.