Chicken Breed Focus - Houdan

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

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    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



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    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!
     
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  2. ChickenGrass

    ChickenGrass Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    Wow, they sure are fun looking!
     
  6. SarahDru

    SarahDru New Egg

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    Got these guys at a feed store as chicks....think they are Hourans?[​IMG]
     
  7. chicknmania

    chicknmania Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    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??

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    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

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    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)
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    Lumina, Pierre, Rhododendron & Aspara now 3 1/2 months old
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    Pierre, his adult molted feathers are just starting to come in.
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    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

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    Those appear to be polish...White Crested Blue Polish, I believe? Very handsome rooster there.
     

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