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La Fleche Reviews

Positive Reviews


Amazing foragers, very active,and always interesting to visitors


Pros: Foraging ability, non-aggressive,good layers, lovely shiny black plumage.

Cons: Not many, but are great flyers, so will escape over fences.

I'm producing a review as nobody has done so yet, but I'm no expert on these birds. I hatched mine from eggs and the fertility of my own 4 hens and one rooster has been exceptional.They are described as large hens weigh about 5-6 lbs and the rooster a bit more, but they are young birds (hatched August 2011).They have lovely shiny all black feathers, with a striking V comb and white earlobes. Though many reviews I read described them as 'skittish' and untameable, I have NOT found this to be the case. Though slightly nervous, they come when called, pen themselves at dusk, and are no more difficult to manage than my Brahmas. They need little food to survive in the free-range...
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Negative Reviews


La Fleche


Pros: None that I know of.

Cons: EXTREMELY flighty, rare, not the best layers, have a wild nature.

 La Fleche are one of my least favorite breeds. They are extremely rare and extremely flighty. They have a very wild nature and aren't the best layers. Overall, not a very good breed in my opinion.

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Antler Comb La Fleche Cock


Pros: Can cross with other comb breeds to produce a mixed comb, very intelligent, friendly, beautiful black plumage

Cons: Flighty, can escape if fence isn't high enough

Before I joined BYC I was breeding for wild and wacky comb combinations, soon I crossed a Sicilian Buttercup cock with my first ever La Fleche hen, and kept breeding from that generation. Soon, Moose came up. Moose is my antler comb, La fleche mix cock. He's wonderful, but can be rather nasty at times.
Rosecomb Lover

Mevil Devil - The Little Devil


Pros: Good brooder, Adaptable to confinement, Very nice glossy black colour.

Cons: Comb is freeze-sensitive.

I just got my new hen Mevil Devil and she seems pretty nice right now. She's very brave and eats most of the low-flying mosquitos. Her comb is freeze-sensitive so I have to heat up the coop with very expensive heaters in windy conditions. Every thing else is ok right now.

Regal, gorgeous, very friendly, nice layers, great fertility


Pros: Friendly, Great foragers, Great flyers, nice layers

 We love our Bantam La Fleche.  The La Fleche are a rare French breed that can be difficult to find here in the US.  They're shiny black plumage and unique V-comb make them stand out at the Shows.  We show our BLF in every show we attend with great reception.  I keep seeing reviews about how flighty and wary they are and ours are completely the opposite.  Our roosters, hens, and chicks are warm and friendly.  The hen especially loves to be held and talked to.  My children's friends are always amazed at how docile the hen is and what a great pet she makes.  They are amazing flyers so if you plan on having the Bantam La Fleche, be prepared for...
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wary, but curious


Pros: very aware of surroundings, unique and independant

Cons: not as friendly/cuddly as others

I am still dealing with chicks, so i can't yet review adult behavior, laying ability or meat qualities, but i can tell their personality is much different than the EE and Barred Rock I currently have.  They are more wary, yet very curious, watchful, and seem to be pretty intelligent.  first chickens to figure out the feeder when I changed styles.  I have them eating out of my hand at about  1 1/2 weeks old, altho there are a few that will not come over until everyone else is indulging.   Fast moving & active, I have the feeling they will have no problem avoiding the outdoor cats, and I suspect I will have to keep working with them to keep them...
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