Chantecler Chicken

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The basics:
The Chantecler Chicken is a breed which was developed in 1917 at a Cistercian Trappist Monastery in Quebec, Canada. They are the the only breed of chicken to be developed in Canada, and were officially recognized in 1921.

Unfortunately, the Chantecler is currently highly endangered, and has been given a classification of "critical" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The "critical" category means, "Fewer than 500 breeding birds in the United States, with five or fewer primary breeding flocks (50 birds or more), and estimated global population less than 1,000."

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Cushion Comb): Buff, Partridge, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Bantam: 30 - 34 oz
Largefowl: 6.5 - 8.5 lbs
Personality: Sweet and easy to tame.
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Cool
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Medium - Large

What else you should know:
Chanteclers purchased by hatcheries tend to be lighter in weight, and more gamey in personality. Chanteclers from breeders should be an excellent example of a cold hardy, dual-purpose, fowl.


great meat birds, reliable layers, winter hardy fowl, excellent dual purpose


strange looks, relatively high price


fearless bunch, white feathers, true heritage breed, petrollike sheen

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Chantecler Chicken

From RhodeRunner Jul 18 2011 9:53AM


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