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La Fleche

Average User Rating:
4/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb:
    V-Shaped
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    Heat
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Large
    Egg Color:
    Light Brown
    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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    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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    La Flèche egg

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    La Flèche juvenile

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    La Flèche hen

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    La Flèche rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-la-flèche.1105088/
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Dual Purpose
    Comb: V-Shaped
    Broodiness: Seldom
    Climate Tolerance: Heat

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

    Breed Temperament:
    Wild / restless,Bears confinement well,Shy

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    Black, Blue, White, Cuckoo.
    Breed Details:
    La Felche come in many colours, but most are unofficial, the only official one being Black. They have 4 toes, and they don't have feathered feet. They bear confinement well and and shy and untamed. ***Awaiting Pics!*** Thanks to Oklahoma University

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Recent User Reviews

  1. Chicken-Eye
    5/5,
    "Antler Comb La Fleche Cock"
    Pros - Can cross with other comb breeds to produce a mixed comb, very intelligent, friendly, beautiful black plumage
    Cons - Flighty, can escape if fence isn't high enough
    Before I joined BYC I was breeding for wild and wacky comb combinations, soon I crossed a Sicilian Buttercup cock with my first ever La Fleche hen, and kept breeding from that generation. Soon, Moose came up. Moose is my antler comb, La fleche mix cock. He's wonderful, but can be rather nasty at times.
    Overall:
    5
  2. Rosecomb Lover
    4/5,
    "Mevil Devil - The Little Devil"
    Pros - Good brooder, Adaptable to confinement, Very nice glossy black colour.
    Cons - Comb is freeze-sensitive.
    I just got my new hen Mevil Devil and she seems pretty nice right now. She's very brave and eats most of the low-flying mosquitos. Her comb is freeze-sensitive so I have to heat up the coop with very expensive heaters in windy conditions. Every thing else is ok right now.[​IMG]
    Overall:
    4
  3. BantamFan4Life
    1/5,
    "La Fleche"
    Pros - None that I know of.
    Cons - EXTREMELY flighty, rare, not the best layers, have a wild nature.
    La Fleche are one of my least favorite breeds. They are extremely rare and extremely flighty. They have a very wild nature and aren't the best layers. Overall, not a very good breed in my opinion.
    Overall:
    0.5

User Comments

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  1. Jessorr2
    Haha very neat looking bird - he looks a little evil with that comb type like he cook be a super villan of the chicken world
  2. BoomChickaPop
    WOW cool looking chicken
  3. puffypoo22
    I dont know if i want La Fleche but their comb is so cute like polish
  4. informative
    Excellent free range predator resistance. That flight ability translates into extremely fast run-fly at about 1 foot above ground escaping predators. So yeah maybe not the most cuddly but they lay big white eggs and refuse to cuddle the local predators and don't get eaten on you plus some predators mistake them for Ravens or other large black not to be messed with birds so they are greatly durable.
  5. Lilorp14
    his face is sooooo cute
  6. backyardflock1
    thanks for the review! :)
  7. theeggbasket
  8. SilkiesForEver
    Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!
  9. theeggbasket
    We breed and raise Bantam La Fleche if you're still looking. :)

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