Chicken Breed Focus - Houdan

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Jun 16, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

    Jun 28, 2011
    Rep of Ireland
    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.


    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

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    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!
    Last edited: Jun 16, 2016
  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 16, 2015
    Republic of Ireland
    Thanks for that sumi
    They certainly do look different
    I have never seen any of these for sale here in Ireland
  3. chickencrazy21

    chickencrazy21 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2012
    west covina california
    Omg these are too cute! Im in the L.A. county in cali does anyone know where i can get some nearby im willing to drive about 4 hours or so!
  4. LeviS

    LeviS Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2012
    North Dakota
    I would love to get into these someday, hopefully a breeder shows up in this thread. [​IMG]
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Wow, they sure are fun looking!
  6. SarahDru

    SarahDru New Egg

    Dec 31, 2015
    Concord, CA
    Got these guys at a feed store as chicks....think they are Hourans?[​IMG]
  7. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 26, 2007
    central Ohio
    We had a Houdan puillet once named Moppit. She had the sweetest temperament. Very lovable bird.
  8. bockbock2008

    bockbock2008 Why do they call me crazy??

    Dec 30, 2008
    Southwest Indiana

    I have a trio of Houdans. The first pic shows some of the chicks I hatched from them about a month ago and the second pic is when I first got them a couple of years ago as young adults. The rooster, Einstein, is the meanest rooster I own but I still love him. I have found the chicks to be more fragile than most other breeds. I was able to raise 1 hen from my original pair last year. This year I hatched 4 and 3 have already died. They were in with other chicks the same age but they were the ones I lost.
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  9. chickencraz

    chickencraz Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 21, 2015
    Washington State
    Lots of people in my area have Polish, so I'd decided that I needed a crested bird that wasn't a polish, and picked Houdans. They are fun to watch run around and I like how big they are.

    Our Houdans as chicks( and a Cochin and jersey giant)

    Lumina, Pierre, Rhododendron & Aspara now 3 1/2 months old

    Pierre, his adult molted feathers are just starting to come in.

    Starhawk, he was injured as a chick, but now he's just like our other chickens.


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  10. LeviS

    LeviS Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 22, 2012
    North Dakota
    Those appear to be polish...White Crested Blue Polish, I believe? Very handsome rooster there.

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