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Lyonnaise Chicken

From: $13.00

Country of Origin: France

​Bird Size: 3-5

Comb Type: Many styles

Primary Use: Dual Purpose

Egg Production: Good

Egg Size: Medium

Egg Color: White

​Hardiness: All Temps

Temperament: Docile, Indifferent

Environment Type: Any Range

Livestock Conservation Status: N/a

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SKU: lyonnaise-chicken Category: Product ID: 2225

Lyonnaise Chicken

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Fully Feathered
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Chicken Grower
1 Fertile Egg
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Chicken Starter
6 Fertile Eggs
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Chicken Starter
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Lyonnaise Chicken

Would you like to own a one of a kind and beautiful show stopping bird? Check out our Lyonnaise (La poule Lyonnaise) flock! These birds are extremely rare and exceptionally gorgeous – we are proud of our flock. They are one of the most friendly and calm breeds we have here on the farm.  What we love the most is the diversity of the flock – from frizzled feathers, to flat, crests to no crests, 4 or 5 toes. Your flock can have all these features.

They seem to excel at free range living even in a predator-rich environment, and Lyonnaise love to forage for bugs plus, can be helpers in our garden beds. They also do really well in confinement or in a closed run.

Our breeder birds have beetle black feathers (some white flecks), black and grey legs, the offspring can be black with white and yellow. They can even have 5 toes. They have multiple kinds of crests that sweeps to the back of the head, like a well-coiffed hairdo. There is some white, and yellow flecks in some of the Lyonnaise crests, some all black. There are also some white and yellow tips on the wing feathers. Their feathering is either frizzled or flat feathered and we have both varieties in our outstanding flock. They lay medium-sized white eggs, perfect for that breakfast omelet. They lay very well and are very hardy birds, withstanding the harsh weather conditions of Vermont, our original birds were imported from Florida. We are very impressed! They are a dual purpose bird, which means they can be used for eggs and meat. They have excellent tasting breast meat per the French. Look it up, in France they are considered one of the top table birds for their breast meat. They are considered a landrace breed which means there is no standard of conformity and can adapt to any environment, which we love. Surprises in every hatch!

These birds are extremely rare and a beauty to see. We are very excited to offer this rare breed to our customers. They are truly a beautiful bird and a pleasure to have on the farm. We can say our Lyonnaise flock is one of the top flocks in the Country. In the flock hierarchy they tend to be in the middle so can do fairly well with all types. All our birds are vaccinated for Marek’s disease at birth and are Non-GMO raised.

This breed is in desperate need of breeders and stewards of preservation. We hope you can help with this otherwise we fear they will be lost.

Feed Recommendations: we recommend starting baby chicks out with Sugar Feather Farm chick starter for the first 3 weeks, then switch to our Chicken Grower. Use the Grower Feed until they hit maturation (which is when they start to lay) then switch to Sugar Feather Farm Adult Feed

We highly recommend using the Oil of Oregano in their water daily as a supplement to aid with digestion and overall health.



Lyonnaise are virtually unknown outside of their native France, and they are so rare that even in the erudite Aviculture Europe this fascinating chicken is listed under “Unknown Breeds.” Lyonnaise were created by breeder Mr. Etienne Tamburini of Lyon, France, in the 1950s, and it was almost two decades before this mid-sized large fowl was formally recognized as a breed. To develop the breed he crossed a white Silkie and a bantam Dutch rooster with a bare neck and frizzled feathers. These offspring were then crossed to a white-crested Dutch, and Black Hamburg. After, fourteen years of work, the breed was recognized in 1969. The breed was intended as a table fowl, and it is known for its excellent white meat. It is said that the Lyonnaise has one of the finest breast meats of all chickens. There is also a bantam sized Lyonnaise which we are in process of working on. We have a few of them and hopefully will be able to share those with you someday.


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