- Breed Purpose:
- Dual Purpose
- Climate Tolerance:
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- 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:
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.
La Flèche egg
La Flèche juvenile
La Flèche hen
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/
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Dual Purpose
Climate Tolerance: Heat
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: Light Brown
Wild / restless,Bears confinement well,Shy
Breed Colors / Varieties:
Black, Blue, White, Cuckoo.
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
Recent User Reviews
"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.
"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.
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.