Herve Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

The basics:
The Herve is a descendant of the ancient Gauloise chicken, a Gallic breed. The exact date of creation is unknown, but the breed standard was created in 1896. The first World War killed most of the birds, but breeder and promoter Mr. Weerts managed to hide a few of his good stock. After the war, the breed’s popularity picked up once again. Today, the breed is very rare in Belgium.

Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Blue, Cuckoo
Uses: Eggs, Preservation
Bantam: 500 - 650 grams
Largefowl: 5 - 7 lbs
Personality: Shy and afraid of any sudden noise or movement.
Broody: Occasionally
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: No
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Cream
Egg size: Extra Large

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