Houdans?

collegegardener

Chirping
5 Years
May 16, 2014
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Russellville, Arkansas
Hello,

I am fairly new to chickens & chicken breeds. I have chicken care down pretty well, but not so much chicken breeds so I am looking to broaden my knowledge. While at the fair, I stumbled upon some mottled houdans and just fell in love. I think they're beautiful! I looked around for a houdan thread, but found nothing. Does anyone have some houdans they would like to show pictures of? Does anyone have any advice or information they could share about houdans?

Thanks!
 

Michael OShay

Crowing
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May 14, 2014
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I used to have some Mottled Houdans years ago and they were very sweet and friendly birds, but only fair layers (which is partly why I don't have them anymore). However, if egg production is not a major consideration with you, I would certainly recommend them, with one reservation. Houdans do well in confinement, but because they are so docile, and because their crests can impede their vision and also make targets for other chickens, I would not mix them in with other breeds, unless it is more crested breeds like Polish or Silkies.
 

collegegardener

Chirping
5 Years
May 16, 2014
135
14
88
Russellville, Arkansas
Thank you for this advice. It might not be good for me to get any until I can have another coop built then. I have 6 other chickens that I feel would give them quite a hard time. I mainly have my chickens for eggs, but I'm also considering showing some in the fair next year and I really do love the look of moddled houdans. Maybe I can have a new coop built for them sometime soon :)
 

Michael OShay

Crowing
5 Years
May 14, 2014
25,581
2,452
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Montana
Thank you for this advice. It might not be good for me to get any until I can have another coop built then. I have 6 other chickens that I feel would give them quite a hard time. I mainly have my chickens for eggs, but I'm also considering showing some in the fair next year and I really do love the look of moddled houdans. Maybe I can have a new coop built for them sometime soon
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I certainly hope that works our for you. Good luck in getting your Houdans.
 

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