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Gauloise (Bresse) eggs due to hatch on 19-20th

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by VillageChicken, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. A fellow BYCer encouraged me to start a thread for this hatch. There is much debate as to whether Gauloise outside of the Bresse region can measure up to their reputed quality. These eggs were from the UK, which reportedly has German and French lines that can be traced to the Bresse Centre of Selection.

    Shipped eggs have the same awful hatch rates here in Europe as they do there in the states, especially when they go through the air. I usually get between 25 and 35%. This batch of eggs has been obsessively candled because the air sacs were all amoeba shaped except for one. So I have been hand turning them, and trying to avoid making things worse.

    Of the 12 original eggs, 3 were clears, 5 quit at various stages, all by day 7, and 4 are still going as of today. I have no idea if any will make it to lockdown or even hatch, but these 4 seem to be developing normally. They are alongside some RIR/BR cross eggs from my own birds. The shipped eggs seem to be between 1 and 2 days behind the others, maybe the rough handling caused less than optimum internal egg conditions. I rested the eggs for 24 hours, but the air sacs remained irregular. In the egg suppliers defense, they were experiencing extreme weather conditions and it may have created some fertility issues.

    If any successfully hatch, I will post pictures at various ages. I am especially curious to see how fast they grow and feather out, as they are supposed to be particularly fast growers. The other RIR/BR crosses I have hatched seem to grow really fast, so it will be interesting to see them side by side.

    I am certain that none of the Gauloise birds from this hatch are destined for the table, so if you are curious how they dress out and taste compared to other breeds, I will not have that information for you for quite a while.

  2. poularde

    poularde Hatching mode

    Feb 7, 2010
    Puyallup, Wa.
    Thank you Village, for starting this thread! [​IMG] I have not heard too much about this breed can not wait to see pics. It will be an interesting comparison against your other birds. Good luck on getting some blue-legged chicks! I wonder if anyone else has kept these birds? Were they hard to come by for you, Village?
  3. stoneunhenged

    stoneunhenged Songster

    Aug 21, 2008
    Good for you! Let us know how it goes. Best of luck!
  4. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    Oh, this is exciting! Best of luck to you ! [​IMG]
  5. Firearia

    Firearia Songster

    Mmm, this should be interesting. I do find the Gauloise chickens rather beautiful, I don't know what it is about them. They are supposed to be fairly good layers, and good meat birds. I can't wait to see pictures and I'm crossing my fingers for you! [​IMG]
  6. Apparently it takes a few days for the blue legs to appear, kind of like willow.
    These were not too hard to find, and not laced brahma expensive either. UK has their own meat breed, the Ixworth, and it is a bit more popular than the Bresse... maybe it's the not invented here syndrome, I don't know.

    UK has most all the breeds the U.S. has, even the US breeds, except for Ameraucana, since their version of Araucana is tailed and bearded already (and crested).
    I don't think they have some of the rarer US Heritage breeds like Delawares or Buckeyes.
  7. draye

    draye Crowing

    Nov 30, 2010
    Anyone have a picture of: Gauloise (Bresse)?

  8. These are the birds the eggs are from.

    To my unskilled eye they look rather like White Rocks with blue legs
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2010
  9. Wynette

    Wynette Moderator Staff Member

    Sep 25, 2007
    So glad you posted this - I'll be watching with high hopes that all 4 hatch without issue!
  10. pinkchick

    pinkchick "Ain't nuttin' like having da' blues"

    May 30, 2008
    Washington State
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    They are beautiful birds! Thanks for starting this thread. That boy is YuuuuUUUUUMMMY! Look at the size of his chest. [​IMG]

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