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Chicken Breed Focus - La Flèche

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La Flèche breed originated in France around the town of La Flèche in the Loire region. Considered an old breed, with many authors dating the origins of the La Flèche breed to the fifteenth century. They were originally created to provide a tender white fleshed “Petit Poussin” chicken for the markets of Paris during the nineteenth century. At one point they were produced commercially but by the beginning of the 20th Century, they had almost died out and were only kept by a few backyard keepers and in small numbers. They grew too slowly for the bigger commercial farms to bother with them. A typical farm of the region would have kept their birds in a free range environment and the La Flèche would have taken 10 months to be reach a good table weight.

 

La Flèche are thought to be close relations of the Houdan and Crèvecœur breeds. A popular breed in France and Germany through the 20th Century, only a handful existed in the UK, where they never really became popular. By the Second World War they were thought to have died out. Since then, La Flèche has been re-introduced from France and Germany and is getting more attention as breeders (and chefs) look for better taste from table birds in their quests for "real food".

La Flèche chickens entered the APA's Standard of Perfection in 1874.

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Breed Purpose Dual Purpose
Comb V-Shaped
Broodiness Seldom
Climate Tolerance Heat
Egg Productivity Medium
Egg Size Large
Egg Color White
Breed Temperament Wild / restless, Flighty, Bears confinement well, Shy
Breed Colors/Varieties Black, Blue, White, Cuckoo.
Breed Size Large Fowl
APA/ABA Class Continental

 

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BYC Breed Reviews:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/products/la-fleche

 

BYC Breed Discussions:

 

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/309465/la-fleche-thread-pic-of-my-black-la-fleche/0_30

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/63007/can-i-see-your-la-fleche-pics/0_30

 

Do you own La Flèche? Are you a La Flèche breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

 

·         What made you decide to get this breed?

·         Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?

·         What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?

·         Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!

 

“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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“Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be.” 

 

~ Shel Silverstein
 

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post #2 of 6

thanks for posting this. I love this breed. I only have one hen and a few young chicks (from ideal) but hope to create a good breeding pair in time. 


such an interesting personality, I don't find them 'wild' at all, just different. My older hen is the most social chicken I have with people but avoids the other chickens. I use her to care for young chicks now in the grow out coops. 

mine reminds me of my hamburgs in a a lot of ways. hard to explain how.
 

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I have always found them interesting, love the v, someday I hope to get a handful

Chickens (20+ mutts, 1 polish, 2 spitzhauben), 5 call babies, 1 Lippitt Morgan mare, 1 bird hungry German Shepherd, 1 Daughter, and a very suspicious husband... 

and a bear that is hiding at the moment

 

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Incu Notes click HERE 

 

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Chickens (20+ mutts, 1 polish, 2 spitzhauben), 5 call babies, 1 Lippitt Morgan mare, 1 bird hungry German Shepherd, 1 Daughter, and a very suspicious husband... 

and a bear that is hiding at the moment

 

My Incubator Build 

Incu Notes click HERE 

 

BYC Mini Contests - Win a 2017 Calendar!!

8th Annual BYC New Year Day Hatch-Along - Hosted by Ronott1

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The V comb is so interesting. Pretty birds!

Hmm....another breed  for the wish list...:)

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Oh look the meadow devil on BC. Wiesenteufel or meadow devil is the nickname of the La Flèche in German. Here is a lovely blog of a fancier, not updated, but maybe some traffic would encorage him to post more pics. http://lafleche-wiesenteufel.blogspot.de/

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Hello everyone,

 

regarding the egg color of the La Flèche breed: it is white with sometimes a subtle rosy hue.

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