The Chantecler is the first breed of Canadian creation. The white variety originated in the province of Quebec in 1908. It was first presented to the public in 1918 and was admitted to the American Standard of Perfection a mere three years afterwards. It is the result of efforts by Brother Wilfred Chatelain to obtain a fowl of vigorous and rustic temperament that could withstand the climate of Canada, be a general purpose fowl, a good winter layer, and have comb and wattles reduced to a minimum.
- Breed Purpose:
- Dual Purpose
- Climate Tolerance:
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Light Brown
- Breed Temperament:
- Whites: Business-like; Partridge: Friendly and Docile
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- White and Partridge, Buff Widely Bred but not Recognized
- Breed Size:
- Large Fowl and Bantam
- APA/ABA Class:
- Buy URL:
- http://www.chanteclerfanciersinternational.org/ (Look for Breeders Directory)
Four crosses were used in the production of this breed: A Dark Cornish male over a White Leghorn female and a Rhode Island Red male over a White Wyandotte female. The next season, the pullets from the first class were mated with a cockerel from the second class. Select pullets from their offspring were bred to a White Plymouth Rock male and the subsequent breedings produced the fowl as it is today.
The Partridge variety originated in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Four crosses were also used in the production of this variety: Partridge Wyandotte, Partridge Cochin, Dark Cornish, and Rose Comb Brown Leghorn. Some claim Dr. Wilkinson also used Orloffs to create this new bird. It was originally named the Albertan but upon presentation to the APA for recognition they deemed it so close in character to the existing White Chantecler they classified it as another variety of Chantecler.
The Buff variety is a commonly bred and quite spectacular bird that unfortunately has not been recognized as of yet. There are many dedicated people working on it, however, so I expect we will see it in some future edition of the Standard of Perfection.
Weights: LF pullets, 5 1/2. LF hens, 6 1/2. LF cockerels, 7 1/2. LF cocks, 8 1/2. Bantam pullets, 26oz. Bantam hens, 30oz. Bantam cockerels, 30oz. Bantam cocks, 34oz.