Show Quality Mottled Houdans

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by allured1, Jan 30, 2015.

  1. allured1

    allured1 Out Of The Brooder

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    I am looking for superior lines of Show Quality Mottled Houdans, I am in S.Cal and don't mind doing overnight shipping.. Would really like them young to day olds??? Anybody can steer me in the right direction PLEASE
     
  2. highdesertsun

    highdesertsun Out Of The Brooder

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    I feel your pain - I'm searching as well.
     
  3. allured1

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    Well I find any I will let you know & vice versa...
     
  4. flowerchild59

    flowerchild59 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You might want to check out Duane Urch at Turnland hatchery. He supplies a lot of the Stromsbergs "show quality" chicks. I have no knowledge of the qualities of his houdans but it is a start.
     
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    I was thinking of him but it's not in his lineup this year. I should drop him a line and see if he's just not advertising.
     
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    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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  7. allured1

    allured1 Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow thanks for the info but that won't help me... I only want two Pullets and a cockerel.. Top Show Quaility and I don't need 25[​IMG]
     
  8. exop

    exop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    #1 "Top show quality": it is doubtful that there are any Houdans in the country which would be competitive at a "top show". Doubtful even if any would be competitive in the Continental class at a top show. Not because Houdans are bad, but because the people who focus obsessively on show points have applied themselves to easier-to-perfect breeds for the last 30 years.

    #2 When buying eggs, chicks or immature stock you are buying 25 in the hopes that a few of them will develop into nice birds. Chickens are not volkswagens, if you get 25 of the same thing you will still see a lot of variation between individuals especially in landrace breeds like the Houdan.

    #3 Unless you have a specific reason for liking the Houdan - let's say, you had some 40 years ago and you miss them - if you are looking for a chicken which is ready to show without any work from yourself personally, why not pick a rare breed that is a little more popular and in good condition show wise? White Crested Black Polish large fowl are crested, in the continental class, friendly, easy to work with and many strains are quite competitive. The color is not challenging, and the birds look impressive. Houdans are not the breed for you if you don't want to put any work into it.
     
  9. allured1

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    Thanks Exop for the info!!!
    I just really like them and not focused on show points... I would like to work with them on a small scale and don't want 20-30 birds and try to keep the best and cull the others I was just hoping that there were other breeders that would be willing to sell a trio of BQ or SQ so I could get started.
    Every time I have started to breed Animals I have run into no you can't do that or you can't have that... And I have in the two intences of buying breeding Animals for my two projects it took tons of time and digging BUT achieved my goals!!!! So I am hoping someone you help me get started or point me in the right direction.... What have people done to the breed that there are no quality birds anymore????
    Do you breed them???
    Are you looking slso and can't find good ones???
    All your info is very appriciated!!!
     
  10. allured1

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    I can't find any breeders other then Hatcheries who have them... With that said makes me sad that I can't find not one breeder???
     

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