What is a houdan and should I buy one?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by awalters0815, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. awalters0815

    awalters0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was offered two houdan pullets for 12 bucks. What re they and should i buy them at that price?
     
  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Houdans are a top-hat breed. They are black with white speckles and will lay a white egg. They will need to be kept protected from aerial predators (hawks, owls) since they have trouble seeing sometimes. Two pullets for $12 is not a bad deal for Houdans, since they are classified as a rare and unusual breed.

    http://www.feathersite.com/Poultry/CGD/Houdan/BRKHoudan.html
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    But in reality, they're as "rare" as any other hatchery bred breed, because chances are, they're from a hatchery. [​IMG]

    Originally Houdans were a large, meaty, dual purpose breed with a beautiful "fancy" touch of having a mottled color and a tophat with a beard and muffs. . . But now hatcheries have ruined them, and there's hardly any good breeder stock left out there, if any at all, so they're only good as a lawn ornament and white eggs.

    They still are very pretty though. [​IMG]
     
  4. billfields

    billfields Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I dunnno.....lawn ornaments that lay eggs sounds like a pretty good deal to me! [​IMG]
     
  5. V Comb

    V Comb Chillin' With My Peeps

    What are Houdans??

    They are my favorite breed. Thats what they are [​IMG]
     
  6. awalters0815

    awalters0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:do you reccomend them for pets? We like to baby our girls. DO they lay well?
     
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  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Are you sure they are pullets for that price????
     
  8. awalters0815

    awalters0815 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They just started laying and there are three for sale at 12 each.
     
  9. chickygirl2

    chickygirl2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I love my houdans [​IMG]
     
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