My Houdan Honks

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by 2DogsFarm, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    like a goose
    I can hear her all the way down to the barn - about 250'

    Is this what her adult voice is going to sound like?
    Forever?

    She is the Tallulah Bankhead of Poultry.

    Also:
    Is it all right for me to trim her crest?
    Just around her eyes so she can see where she's going - she has already run into a door...poor little Diva...
     
  2. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    Is she honking like she's got a cold? She could be sick. If she's healthy, she may just be a bird that honks. I usede to have a LF buff cochin hen that honked. She lives with a friend now and whenever I visit, you can still hear her honking.

    You can trim her crest. If needed, you can just hack the whole thing off. She'll be like a completely new bird.
     
    Last edited: Sep 8, 2009
  3. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I hadn't noticed my houdan honking(but I will listen again) but my buff laced make a totally different sound than my others. Do you have a picture, houdan don't usually have a crest that is that is as bad as a Polish or hinder their sight that much.
     
  4. LilPeeps

    LilPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 13, 2007
    SE Mass
    Quote:Houdans can have crests the size of polish crests. Hatchery birds obviously won't be up to par as far as the standard goes, but a SQ bird will have a crest that would certainly hinder vision,
     
  5. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    Well, I don't have any hatchery houdan so I guess I wouldn't know. Mine have very nice crests but for some reason they seem to see a lot better than my Polish. I have never had any of them walk into anything anyway, lol.
     
  6. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGD/Houdan/HoudanCrev.html

    The related problem of careless inbreeding is also at fault, as is a craze for a Polish type crest, which has led to far too much crossing with that breed. Ideally these French crested breeds should have large, well-formed crests that do not interfere with the birds vision.

    Here is the standard for houdan crests from the Polish breeders club for a male.

    CREST: Large, well feathered, rising well in front so as to not obstruct sight, flowing well over sides and back of neck in a compact even mass, feathers similar in shape and texture to those of the hackle.

    female
    CREST: full, compact, globular, inclining very slightly backwards.
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2009
  7. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    She is fine & healthy, just has this new voice & is very vocal!

    If I were not technicologically inept I could attach a pic.
    She is a hatchery chick so the crest is probably a breeding flaw, but since these are pet chickens it isn't an issue.
    Her crest is pretty compact & globe-shaped, but heavy over her eyes.

    Sorry I wasn't clear, but I've already given her a couple trims and just wondered if I could cut away the crest so her eyes would be completely clear of feathers or if I needed to leave some shading the eyes.

    She has also gotten calmer and even did a little eggsquat for me the other day - so perhaps I'll have some white eggs soon.
    (my others all lay brown eggs)
    Until now I was doubting those that called the breed friendly - she was anything but!
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2009
  8. becky3086

    becky3086 Crested Crazy

    Oct 14, 2008
    Thomson, GA
    I am not sure mine are actually friendly. They pretty much stay away from me when I am in the pen but they aren't flighty and go crazy when I am in there either.
    There should be no problem with you cutting her crest.
     
  9. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    This girl has actually warmed up to me quite a bit.
    When they were younger she was the one who screamed Bloody Murder the loudest & longest if I picked her up.

    But now she looks for me & comes over to visit, plus she expects me to carry her down off the roost every morning. I am Houdan Limo, Ltd.
    I was thinking she appreciates the ride so she doesn't hop down blinded by her crest and hit something.

    She's quite good about being trimmed too - lets me put her on her back in my lap and chop her into a semblance of civility.
    OK then, with your blessing I will liberate her eyeballs from the feather curtain [​IMG]
     
  10. rodriguezpoultry

    rodriguezpoultry Langshan Lover

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    I had a Light Brahma hen that had gotten hurt. I put her in the pen next to the geese. My male gander decided he wanted in her pen. She went broody a few days later and somehow adopted this "honk" to tell him I was coming. I'd walk up and he'd "protect" her. When the chicks hatched...she did the same thing.

    Was crazy!
     

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