In my experience with Houdans they just are not very hardy. They have all died too easily, usually after they are grown and laying also. I have beenthinking about trying them again, but with small numbers. I would hate to put alot of money into them then lose them agian.
That is very intimidating to hear. It seems like it SHOULD be such an awesome breed, the gene pool just isn't there anymore.
At least further research is revealing there are some flocks out there that can hold their own on the show table. I wonder what the people that own those birds would report?
Draye, where were the birds from that you have experience with, and when did you have them?