Houdan Chicken

Houdan Chickens

Breed Club Secretary

Rare Poultry Society
Richard Billson
Alexandra Cottage, 8 St Thomas's Road, Great Glen, Leicestershire,
LE8 OEG
UK

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History

Houdan Chicken is an old French breed that was known as the Normandy fowl when first imported into England in 1850. It takes its present name from the town of Houdan, located in a section of France where large numbers of Houdan chickens were bred and raised in past years for the Paris and London markets.

In shape, Houdan Chickens, resembles the Dorking, to which it probably owes its fifth toe. Crevecoeurs and Polish may also have been used in the original crosses. The Houdan is rated highly in France for its fine meat qualities as is the Bresse and its large white eggs. A fictional story 'The Seventh Pullet' was written about them by the author Saki.

The White Houdan originated in American, the result of crossing White Polish with Mottled Houdans.

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Breed Tips

This is a general purpose, non-sitting fowl.

Purpose

Dual

Classification

Light / Rare

Origin

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Egg Color

White

Egg Numbers

160 per annum


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