Other common names: Alsatian Hen, Elsässer, Alsaziana, Alsaciana, Alsacienne
The Alsace chicken was developed around 1890, in Alsace. At the time Alsace was attached to Germany, but after World War I the land and breed were considered French. The breed has a great deal of German influence, and is very similar to the German's Rhenish hen. After, World War II the Alsace almost disappeared, with less than a thousand birds existing in 1960. Thankfully, the Alsace found breeders in 1994, and is now reasonably established.
Types: Bantam and Largefowl
Varieties: (Single and Rose comb): Black, Blue, Gold Salmon and White
Uses: Eggs and Meat
Weight: 6 - 8 lb
Personality: Active, loves to forage and fly
Broody: Occasionally, with Salmons most inclined
Prefered climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Medium Large
What else you should know:
Alsace hens start to lay around six months of age, and are usually decent layers until the age of three. Roosters take awhile for their tail feathers to develop, and are usually ideal for butchering around eight months.