Chicken Breed Focus - Houdan


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8 Years
Jun 28, 2011
Tipperary, 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

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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!
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Why do they call me crazy??
11 Years
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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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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