The Courtes-Pattes is seems to have a long history in France, but is not well documented. Several varying strains existed during the nineteenth century. The hoopoe, pebble-tion, and double crested strains were more common in the west, and have unknown origins. The breed standard was created in 1912, by Richard Verdon. However, after World War II the breed became extinct. It was then recreated by Jean Daveness from the Kruper and Rhine breeds.
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Black Gold Marble, Cuckoo, Mottled, White
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Preservation
Weight: 5 - 7 lbs
Personality: The Courtes-Pattes is a calm and sweet backyard chicken.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good
Egg color: White
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
Like other short legged birds, the Courtes-pattes has the creeper lethal gene. This means, that if two short legged fowl are bred together, that 25% of their chicks will die in the embryo. To prevent this from occurring, you can breed a short legged fowl to a long legged fowl.