Cou-nu du Forez Chicken

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The basics:
The Cou-nu de Forez (Naked-neck from the Forez region) is France's most commercially important naked neck breed. It was developed in the late 1940's by Henri Calemard as an easily-pluckable meat breed which could also be used for eggs by crossing a traditional local naked neck chicken (assumed to date back to the 19th century in origin, when naked neck chickens were imported to France from Britain) with the large, white, G√Ętinaise chicken. Cou-nu de Forez were developed in the Forez region of the Loire (hence the name). They are unusual as a naked neck breed as they have a bow-tie of feathers at the base of the neck.

Commercially they are mostly raised for meat, which is deemed good in terms of flavour and texture. They are valued, as the naked necks mean they have 30% fewer feathers to pluck. Though tall in appearance, with long legs they are classed as a medium-sized breed.

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): White
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Weight: Largefowl: 2.3 - 3.5 kg
Personality: The Cou-nu du Forez is calm and hardy. A great first time breed.
Broody: Occasionally
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Cream
Egg size: Extra Large

What else you should know:
It should be noted that though accepted as a breed, the Cou-nu du Forez is actually heterozygote for the naked neck trait. When Cou-nu du Forez roosters and mated with Cou-nu du Forez hens one in four of the chicks will be normal feathered, one in four will be pure naked neck and two in four will have the Cou-nu du Forez characteristics (patch of feathers on an otherwise naked neck).


delicious meat, unusually heat tolerant, egg productivity, healthy breed


aesthetic look, peculiar look, strange naked neck


bizarre white giants, village style chickens

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Cou-nu du Forez Chicken

From DLlE Oct 13 2012 8:19AM


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