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Country of Origin: France
Bird Size: 6.5-8.0
Egg Production: Good
Egg Size: medium
Egg Color: white
Comb Type: V shaped
Hardiness: heat and cold tolerant
Temperament: Friendly,easily handled, bares confinement well, quiet, docile
ALBC Priority: Crititical
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The chicken is one of the oldest of the standard-bred fowls of France and the oldest breed of England. The breed gets its name from -Coeur en Ange, a small town in Normandy, France. The breed’s name translates as “broken heart” as in the romantic sense. Little is known of the breed’s origins other than they were developed in Normandy and existed there for a very long time.The Crèvecoeur chicken was recognized by the American Poultry Association and admitted in 1874.
This French breed was developed primarily for the quality of its flesh. chickens have small, fine bones and the proportion of meat can be quite high. The skin on this breed is white. And the meat is noted for being fine, short, and very white in the breasts and the leg meat can be quite dark and almost duck-like in color. They were a French favorite to “” or stuff – an old traditional practice of making birds eat more by inserting a tube into their mouths that introduces a specially blended wet mash and supplements their normal diet, not something we do today.
Solid black in color, Crèvecoeur chickens have crests and beards, they have the best looking V comb which almost looks devil-like. In movement they are quiet and deliberate and generally have peaceful temperaments. We can pick up our hens with no issues. The breed stands confinement well, appearing quite content. Crèvecoeur chickens are moderate layers of large white eggs, but seem to be adaptable to most climates. Males weigh 8 lbs and females weigh 6.5 lbs. The Crèvecoeur is critically endangered on the Livestock Conservancy list and is a breed worth saving. We are committed here on our farm to saving this dual purpose wonderful bird. Come join us in the preservation of the Crevecoeur.
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Pre-ordered adults and hatchlings may be picked up by appointment. To safeguard our birds from exposure to disease brought in by visitors, in accordance with the provisions of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, areas where birds are kept are off limits. However you are welcome to look at all the breeds and interactions, it is a site to see.