Houdan is an old French breed, once known as the Normandy fowl. Details of their origin is unknown as they predate modern agricultural writing, but it is believed they were bred from Crevecoeurs, Polish and possibly Dorkings. The breed was first imported into England in 1850, and to North America in 1865. They were given the name Houdan because large numbers of these birds were bred in the town of Houdan in France. Once valued in France for their fine white meat and large eggs, they are now considered an ornamental breed, primarily used for exhibition. In 1874 the Houdan appeared in the first edition of the American Standard of Perfection. Details: Detail Value Breed Purpose Ornamental Comb V-Shaped Broodiness Seldom Climate Tolerance All Climates Egg Productivity Medium Egg Size Medium Egg Color White Breed Temperament Bears confinement well,Docile Breed Colors/Varieties Mottled, White Breed Size Large Fowl Pic by @corn pecker Pic by @Chilifur Pic by @Chilifur Pic by @Amalthea BYC Breed Reviews: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/houdan BYC Breed Discussions: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/446495/houdans/0_30 https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/462773/mottled-houdans/0_30 Do you own Houdans? Are you a Houdan 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!