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: -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: 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.


Pros: good producers, friendly, smart, active, and meaty

Cons: need more breeders

There is no doubt in my mind that those monks in Quebec did a great thing!  This is one of the best dual purpose birds I have had to date (let's keep in mind that I have only been keeping birds for about 5 years).  Their egg production is very good, even through the winter months.  Egg size is great and the colour is a lovely dark beige.  My girls started laying at about five months. When I handle one of the girls, you can tell that there is a significant amount of meat on her and they are both filled out in all the right places.  I only have the two girls so we haven't processed one yet, but I do know that if I was to be self-sufficient and wanting to find a bird that I could get both eggs and meat from, this would be my first try.


Pros: arent very aggressive, exceptional layers, adaptive, quiet.

Cons: arent the best layers.

I like these birds because they get along with all with each other and they are very docile and pleasant, but very curious.


Pros: Started laying and setting early; extremely hardy; friendly

Cons: Not the best breed if you want lots of eggs

I ordered 25 "hatchery choice" chicks last February, and a few days later the electricity went off while I was at work. The only chick to survive the hours of freezing temps. was what turned out to be a Buff Chantecler. Since then, she has earned her way into my heart. She's the friendliest of the several breeds I keep, started laying at only 17 weeks of age, laid regularly, and then 6 weeks later went into setting mode. The first batch of eggs she sat on did not hatch (I should have removed her from the others - they would try to lay eggs in her nest). However, she remained in setting mode, so I isolated her nest and put another batch of eggs under her. She has now hatched her first chicks and she's a great mom. Since one of my goals is to develop a self-sustaining flock of pastured poultry, "Mrs. Chantecler" has given me a sense of optimism that the setting instinct has not been bred out of all varieties.

I would have never thought to order Chanteclers, but after my experience with this Buff variety, I'm not sure I'd want to be without them. I would highly recommend this breed.


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.