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Nice tempered Crèvecoeur rooster - 1 1/2 yr old

Discussion in 'Buy Sell Auction - Archives' started by exop, Dec 12, 2010.

  1. exop

    exop Songster

    Jan 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Hi, I'm selling one Crèvecoeur rooster, from Sandhill Preservation Center stock. He has a very friendly temperament for a Crèvecoeur; he has never so much as challenged me, and gets along with the other roosters in a very civilized way, even inviting them over when he finds something tasty on the ground.

    Nice shaped, typey V comb; nice glossy green-black feathers; good full crest and tail; and he has the little "rhino horn" at the base of his beak which this breed is supposed to have. Very nice temperament, and fairly good weight (many Crevs nowadays are far too light weight).

    He has developed a hint of pale gold on some of his hackle feathers.

    So he's not a perfect specimen of the breed, but he's a good solid breeder to use in your own breeding program. I should note that the Crèvecoeur breed needs rescuing and that perfect specimens are few and far between. The "most perfect looking" ones I've seen are tragically underweight... and a lot of the roosters are fairly mean.

    This guy would be a keeper, he's one of the largest I have, but I'm simply out of room right now.

    All photos were taken on Dec. 10...

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    A note about Crèvecoeurs:
    These are an ancient crested, bearded breed from France, adapted for free range farming. Hens lay white eggs. They are a hardy, alert bird with excellent flying skills, but should be confined to a chicken coop at night so a predator doesn't get them. The breed is quite rare these days, even in France.

    For the price of gas I can hand-deliver him to anywhere within a 2 or 3-hour radius... that would be about $15 delivered to Lafayette, Indiana. I'm in NW Indiana about halfway between Indianapolis and Chicago. For folks further away, I'm happy to ship him, it will have to be by Express Mail, so please PM me with your zip code for shipping costs. I checked, and for most parts of the country (even Florida, Massachusetts and California), $62 will cover everything including the special shipping box. If you're located much closer and want to ship - for example if you're in Chicago, Indianapolis or Cincinnati - the cost may be significantly less.

    Payment can be postal money order, personal check, or PayPal (please add 3% to cover PayPal fees). Buyer is responsible for any additional importation fees or certificates required by their state of residence.

    I've put this auction up at BidBird Auctions as well, so please check there to be sure you aren't outbid. In case of a tie, the earlier bid is the winner. I wanted to make it easy for BYC members to bid even if they haven't signed up with bidbird.com, and vice versa.

    Thanks for looking!
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2010

  2. exoticduckluvr

    exoticduckluvr Songster

    Jan 23, 2010
    I would love to have him but not without a mate
  3. exop

    exop Songster

    Jan 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    I would like to offer this rooster with a pullet, but have no extras right now... however, I can offer the lucky bidder free Crèvecoeur hatching eggs (with free shipping) in the spring.

    I will also be selling started pullets in the spring, and will be happy to offer a discount to whoever wins this auction. Two 3-month-old pullets for $10 plus shipping, giving you a breeding trio... 3 months is the earliest they can be reliably sexed.

    Either, both, or just the rooster, it's up to you, and you don't have to decide right away, this is a completely open-ended offer. :)

    I'd like to see more people with Crèvecoeurs, but most importantly, with nice, healthy Crèvecoeurs that are true to type.

    Best - exop
  4. gootziecat

    gootziecat Songster

    Nov 27, 2007
    Hampshire Co, WV
    You mention this roo is very friendly for the breed. That would lead one to believe the breed in general is not friendly. What have you found the general temperament of these birds? Are they flighty? Standoffish? Calm? Friendly? Do you find roos to be mean? Are they hardy? Tend to get mite problems? What size are the eggs from your line? I'm asking all these questions to educate myself and anyone else interested enough in looking at your bird.

    Very cool roo. Thanks.
  5. exop

    exop Songster

    Jan 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Crèvecoeurs have quite a wild, alert temperament; having worked with a range of birds I would call them shy. They like to range far and wide for food but don't seem to be big scratchers - in their excursions into the yard they've left the flower garden alone and seem to prefer the woods and hanging out under a Forsythia bush. Of course I cannot promise anything; maybe you have a tastier flower garden or one filled with banana slugs.

    Some of the roosters are quite aggressive or territorial, few of them are friendly. One guy I have used to follow me around, repeatedly picking up twigs in his beak and dropping them, all while giving me the evil eye; apparently he believes this to be a terrifying move. [​IMG] Most simply avoid human contact. On the other hand, I do have three genuinely friendly roosters. One of my youngsters from this year actually comes over to me and hops onto my shoulder if I sit down in his pen with his siblings. Moreover his dad is the guy with the evil eye and the twigs. The one thing everyone has in common is a desire not to be caught and cuddled; for some reason this just goes against the grain. Everyone also seems happy to see me when it's feeding time.

    The rooster I'm auctioning regards being caught as an inconvenience rather than as the world's most terrifying experience. While being held, he looks at me sadly (if I can read anything into his eyes) but does not struggle and seems to trust me.

    Hens seem a little reserved but sweet. I have not seen any vicious inter-hen behavior. As far as roosters getting along with one another, I have kept seven in a bachelor pen for some time now and with hens out of the picture, they get along fine and roost together happily. I keep an eye open for signs of discord, such as blood on combs or broken feathers, and haven't seen any sign of conflict since early this summer.

    They're an excellent free range bird and seem able to find their way around in woods and brush with no problem, even with the crest. They like to travel in a small group and it's a delight to see them wading among weeds and tall grass with their crested heads popping up occasionally to take stock of the situation. Jean-Claude Périquet has written about the breed, that they're surpisingly cold-hardy; this is borne out by my own experience in Indiana winters. The chicks are amazingly well prepared for life and start running around (leaving their mothers' feathers) only 1 1/2 days after hatching... they're racing around, hopping on Mom's back, scratching for food and finding their own drinking water at an age when some other breeds I've worked with are content to just sit under a wing and blink at the world. This last summer I raised Crèvecoeur chicks using Silkie cross foster mothers, and I'm sure the Silkies were convinced they had given birth to the chicken equivalent of Baby Einstein. I also think that the experience of having a mom makes a difference in this breed's life.

    Eggs are bright white, broad and on the large side of medium.

    Originally the Crèvecoeur was a dual-purpose, rustic farmer breed in France, first raised in the village of Crèvecoeur in Normandy, and a larger sized bird than it is now. Its popularity spread throughout the 1800s, and both pullets and cockerels were raised in large numbers across France to be fattened for market. It reached a peak of popularity as a commercial meat bird round the end of the 1800s. Unfortunately, by then the international poultry fancy had also taken a serious interest in it as a show bird and people were breeding it for oversized crest and beard rather than productivity and starting to make it impractical as a farm bird. For this reason, and because of competition from other breeds, it started to go down in popularity among French poultry farmers who were still relying on traditional free-range farming methods. When WWI hit, wiping out a lot of the remaining stock, the Crèvecoeur came close to dying out in its own country. Birds were imported into Britain and America in the 1800s, I'm still not sure of the exact history there; if anyone has any insights or guidance please PM or email me as I have an active interest in tracing the story of this breed.

    Best - exop
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2010
  6. V Comb

    V Comb Songster

    Will you send him to Australia? [​IMG]
  7. exop

    exop Songster

    Jan 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Ooh... V Comb... would that I could.

    I suspect that Australia has unusually vigilant ag import regulations, and even hatching eggs might be heavily regulated. I should look into it though. I badly, badly covet Australia's Houdans and am envious of you just for your sig. Maybe in some future year, with all legal i's dotted and t's crossed, I could make an egg exchange with someone in Australia. I know it's workable from this end, as Australia isn't on the USDA's great ban list of countries with Bird Flu.

    Please don't be alarmed, I know you were just joking [​IMG]

    Regards - exop
    A transplanted kiwi!

  8. pnuts

    pnuts Songster

    May 11, 2010
    what about canada?

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