Other common names: Crèvecœur Chicken; Crevie
The Crévecouer Chicken is a handsome, black crested poultry breed from Normandy, France. The breed was named after the town of Crèvecœur in Normandy, and is believed to have been developed from the Polish Chicken breed. it is one of the oldest French chicken breeds, and may be the progenitor of the La Flèche.
Unfortunately, the Crevecoeur Chicken 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 (Leaf or V Comb): Black, Blue
Uses: Eggs, Meat, Ornamental, Preservation
Bantam: 22 - 30 oz
Largefowl: 6.5 - 8 lb
Personality: Crévecouer's are extremely active birds, that enjoy foraging and roosting in trees. They are calm enough to respond well to hand-feeding and follow their owners around the yard for treats.
Preferred climate: Moderate and dry
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
The Crèvecœur's crest should not impair vision, but is best kept dry. If temperatures are freezing, the crest can freeze and become problematic for these fowl.
Comb type for the Crèvecœur varies amongst countries. In the United States, the Crèvecœur is supposed to have a V - shaped comb. In most European countries, the Crèvecœur should have a leaf shaped comb.
Five Crévecoeur Cockerels
We had five Crévecoeur cockerels, and they certainly where very unique animals. They where active, beautiful, healthy, alert, and grew well. They tended to avoid human contact, but where not aggressive. They enjoyed perching, and running/flying around their coop. We didn't hatch any pullets in our batch, and the roosters didn't get very big or friendly, so we turned them into supper. They where okay meat fowl, but nothing impressive..
From RhodeRunner Jun 25 2012 9:00AM