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White Bresse


Pros: Great meat and very good layers

Cons: Roosters are very aggressive

All of my Bresse hens are very friendly! The roosters were not, however. The meat on the Bresse is superior in taste. It is the fillet mignon of the chicken world. This breed was originated by the French for its meat. Very good breed if you want a superior meat bird other than your normal cornish.


Pros: Friendly hens and roos, great foragers, brave!

Cons: slow growers if you are looking for meat birds

These are beautiful dual purpose birds. I currently have 4 bresse roosters and they are friendly, mellow fellows. They are great foragers ~ they are historically raised to be a foraging/free ranging bird. Both my bresse roos and my hens are very brave. When my dog tries to nip at them, they just fly right at her and put her in her place! 


Pros: Pretty legs good layers huge eggs

Cons: Flighty

I have a couple of these birds, and their legs are beautiful! But they are a bit flighty.
White Bresse

A Canadian variety, the Blue Foot, was developed from French stock in the 1980s and is raised along similar lines.Due to biosecurity concerns from Avian flu they were not allowed outside since 2006. It has become equally highly prized in the USA, commanding many times the price per kilo of an equivalent free range chicken from lesser stock. As of 2011 the Blue Foot is no longer being raised for the commercial market in the US. It is now available from breeders in California and Oregon.

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