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Average User Rating:
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Climate Tolerance:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Bears confinement well,Noisy
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    White, Buff and Partridge
    Breed Size:
    Large Fowl
    APA/ABA Class:
    The Chantecler was created around the 1900's by a monk from Quebec. He wanted to create the first breed from Canada for Canadians, as well as a breed that was a good layer, good for meat and could survive in harsh Canadian winters. The Chantecler was created using Cornish, Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, Wyandottes, and Plymouth Rock. The White Chantecler was the first admitted colour, following the Partridge Chantecler and the Buff Chantecler. The Chantecler is a rare bird and hard to find, even in Canada.
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: Cushion
    Broodiness: Average
    Climate Tolerance: Cold

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size: Medium
    Egg Color: Light Brown

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Bears confinement well,Noisy

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    White, Buff and Partridge
    Breed Details:
    In my experience Chantecler hens are a great bird, they lay a medium sized egg, that is a light brown to pinkish in colour. They are good layers and they give an egg almost every day with taking a break once in a while. They are great birds for places with cold weather, because their combs and wattles are so small and they are nice and plump and do not get cold easily. They probably would not do well in places with high, high heat temperatures at a constant rate. They will go broody (some birds more than others) and they are great mothers that can cover a large amount of eggs. I would highly recommend Chanteclers to anyone.







Recent User Reviews

  1. Sparkle110
    "Stunning brids"
    Pros - Good layers, Have Great temperments, Roosters are super frendily, Can handle the worst bilzzard no problem!
    Cons - Roosters can get a little agressive with each other, Can't think of anything else
    Got some white ones, and I was love at first sight, Great brids, I have 2 that raied 3 white ones, together!

    They were so good, I just got meself some of the partrage, and I'm not dissipointed!

    Just fantastic brids, double thumbs up! :thumbsup
  2. josy
    "A great breed"
    Pros - friendly and calm, beautiful, cold hardy
    Cons - none so far
    I see a lot of people are saying that Chanteclers are flightily. That has not been my experience at all! They are the most friendly and curious of all my breeds. When I'm in the run there is usually at least one tapping at my leg wanting treats or picked up. Yes they like to be picked up and just being near you. They are also good foragers and are brave. Very smart. They do have a bit of an attitude like they just know they are special. They make unique noises, not loud just chatting. They are not bullies but will stand up for themselves. My rooster is very much the gentleman and sweet natured he has never shown any aggression at all, a bit shy in fact. He doesn't crow much and when he does its a bit different than your average, less obnoxious. The

    hens are quite a bit heavier than my other heritage breeds. They would be a very good dual purpose bird if thats what you are looking for. When I chose to get them my reasons were primarily that they would do well in a cold climate and I also have to say that they have done just as good or better on hot days compared to my others. If I could have only one breed they would be it. In the pic my roo is 4 1/2 months old.
  3. syl20c
    "Great dual purpose breed, easy to raise, low..."
    Pros - Good forager, good layers without artificial light, cold hardy. Do well in confinement too.
    Cons - Can be difficult to source, not the most common breed.
    A good beginner breed, requires very little care, clean water, bedding and feed. Adults will forage all day long if allowed out noticeably reducing feed cost. The hens lay well without artificial light.

    The standard size roosters are loud, the hens like to talk. The breed is not flighty and can be quite friendly.
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User Comments

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  1. CrazyHenLady386
    The ones my friend have would do well in Canada and the mid and northern states. They react to heat just as good as other breeds. They are very gentle and love being hugged. RULE OF THUMB: The BIGGER the bird the more gentle and laid back they are.
  2. syl20c
    Flighty Chanteclers? Never seen one in my flock... Probably too much Leghorn influence in whatever line of bantam you had bantamfan4life.

    The Standard Chanteclers are cold hardy and are very good foragers, they'd rather forage than eat from the feeder. They lay very well in the winter without artificial light. The hens can grow quite large but it usually means a poor layer so I eat the bigger ones. The cocks can get very big and a few of them will get aggressive, a trait you need to assess against your needs. If you have many predators, you want that mean one. Overall a decent dual purpose breed gaining in popularity in the northern hemisphere. A recent export to Poland has been reported too.
  3. hellbender
    PS...I may be coming to you for a cockerel in a year or so!!! NOT kidding.
  4. hellbender
    Sorry for the misunderstanding!!!
  5. Aluckyshot
    Hello @hellbender

    Sorry for any misunderstanding, I was trying to say "Small / No Combs & Wattles", the small is only in reference to the Combs & Wattles on the girls the birds are huge as far as chickens go, especially the roosters!

    As for the cockerels I am in a similar position, looks like I have to start thinking about culling two or three cockerels before fighting begins, I have a huge 2 year old Chantecler rooster, good looking and friendly bird who I am not looking to replace. This was my first time letting the birds hatch out new babies and it was quite enjoyable but the time is coming soon to cull or sell the unwanted roosters.
  6. hellbender
    And by the way, @Aluckyshot .....Where are you getting the notion that Chanteclers are small??????????????????????????

    Just curious, what color are your birds, please.

    I have at least 2 4 month cockerels that I'm considering culling/eating because they are simply too large and gangly. They will wind up being enormous if allowed to live. I might just keep one of these big cockerels and post his pic on the Thread when he's about a year old.

    Good luck my friend.
  7. hellbender
    I'm sure it's too late now but you should have kept the white cockerels. You could have bred the white female to the best of the white youngsters and produced PURE BRED Chanteclers.. Some learning curve!!!!! lolol
  8. hellbender
    RezChamp...you got it right and you know it!
  9. Smuch
    My chantecler just started setting last week and I put several other eggs under her. She is a great brooder--fluffs up and hisses at me, eats when I'm not looking and is taking her fluids. Thanks for your info. I hope my Olivia Hayden Mrs. BlueLegs is as good a mom as your girl.
  10. hellbender
    Turk's whining about the heat ( no matter where we were showing) is still something I laugh about when I think of him. He's my youngest son.

    He isn't lazy but doesn't like to work especially hard in high heat and humidity...lolololol

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