Other common names: Hen Estaires, Hen Estaires Soon
The Estaires was created in the 1800’s, by crossing local chickens to the Asiatic Langshan. The name of the breed comes from the town of Estaires, in which the breed was created and raised. Before, industrialized chicken breeds, the Estaires chicken was a popular bird raised primarily for meat, then the breed died out.
In 1981, the breed was recreated by crossing together Marans, fighters of the north, and Langshans. It took ten years for the breed to be developed once more, and is now available in France. The breed is supported by the Palgallie Estaires Club.
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Black Hackle Gold, Black Hackle Silver
Uses: Eggs, Meat
Weight: 9 - 12 lbs
Personality: Easy to handle, and productive the breed is ideal for backyard poultry keepers, or small farmers.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Large