The name Erminette is given to both a color and a breed in progress in the United States. The Erminette color is a very attractive white with, ideally, even black spotting, it is not a true breeding color, crossing two Erminette colored birds also giving white and black birds. Birds of this color, but various types and breeds (clean and feather legged, different combs, body style etc) were shown starting in the 1870s in the United States, first apparently by John H. Sutliffe of Bristol, Connecticut later followed by a number of other breeders. There was never a set type for the bird, but geneticist Mr F.B. Hutt and breeder Mr. Burr starting around the 1940’s studying the genetics of the Erminette pattern developed a line of single combed birds of Plymouth Rock body type, that eventually became the generally accepted type by default. The breed was considered extinct by the SPPA in the 1980’s, but as luck would have it, in the 1990’s Ron Nelson came across a flock in Wisconsin from which he obtained hatching eggs. He worked on improving the breed, but his untimely death lead to his flocks being dispersed and the remaining Erminette flock was crossed with other breeds. Glenn Drowns of Sand Hill Preservation Center eventually obtained some of these birds and, along with a number of other breeders is currently attempting to bring back the Erminette as a breed. Besides the original black spotted white birds, they are also working on a red spotted line, and blue spotted also exist. The Erminettes as obtained from Sand Hill, are fairly large birds of Rock type, some are featherlegged, the coloring is quite varied. The hens are good layers of 180 plus large light brown eggs a year. They are broody and will set. They are quite winter hardy and good foragers. They have nice temperaments and get along with other large breeds. BurrOakHill has written a wonderful account of the history and current status of the Erminette: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1052718/erminette/0_20 Details: Breed purpose: Eggs, Meat Comb Type: Usually single Broodiness: Average Climate Tolerance: Cold hardy. Weight: varies, generally a large sized bird Egg Productivity: Good, 180 plus a year Egg Size: Large Egg Color: Light Brown All pics by @Kelsie2290 Cockerels Few spot pullets Red cockerel BYC Breed Discussions: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1052718/erminette/0_20 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...ween-erminette-breed-and-erminette-color/0_20 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1070338/erminette-breed/0_20 Do you own Erminettes? Are you an Erminette breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including: · What made you decide to get this breed? · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose? · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed? · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!