Other common names: Mechelse Koekoek; Mechel; Malines Chicken; Mechelen; Turkeyhead Malines; Coucou de Malines; Mechelner Huhn, Kuckucksperber, Mechelner Kuckuck
During the first half of the nineteenth century, the large clean-legged cuckoo chicken named the Flemish Cuckoo, was popular amongst farmers throughout Dendermonde and Mechelen in Belgium. As large Asiatic breeds were imported to France, Belgian farmers crossed these asiatic birds to their Flemish Cuckoo, creating the Mechelse Koekoek. The single-combed Malines Chicken was also crossed with the Bruges Game chicken, and the resulting variety became known as the "Turkeyhead Malines".
Up until the World Wars in Europe, the Malines chicken was considered one of the best meat producers, and was exported around Europe and to North America. Today the Mechelse Koekoek is rare outside of Belgium.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (Pea & Single Comb): Black, Cuckoo, Gold Cuckoo, White
Uses: Meat, Eggs
Weight: 8.8 - 12 lbs
Personality: Calm and easy to handle.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: Brown
Egg size: Extra Large
enthousiastic little chicken, speckled feathers, Lovely appearance, good egg layers
little kids, plants
Lovely appearance, quite productive
I absolutely adore these chickens!
They are stunning!
I love their speckled feathers.
They are very friendly, calm and social. You won't have any problems with these chickens, except they destroy quite a lot plants in your garden. Also, they can't fly that good, so you won't have to cut their feathers.
I would recommend this breed to anyone that wants their chickens to be both stunning and productive. They are good egg layers and their meat tastes fine..
From LoInfern Dec 27 2014 6:20PM
Lora, my cute little 'Mechelse koekoek' lady
Since a couple of months I've been raising a cute little chick, a 'Mechelse koekoek', which we lovingly called 'Lora'. Her little comrade is 'Lisa'. They've both been raised by hand in our house until they became big enough to join the other chickens in the chicken den.
The 'Mechelse koekoek' is a very handy race which originates in Belgium. It's actually a disappearing race, so I would encourage anyone to start breeding this race. This is a shame, as they are very handy. They're great at laying eggs and are also used often for meat.
Lora is a very gentle, but curious enthousiastic little chicken. She adores our company. She's not a great flyer, but this is also typical for this specific race. I expect her to start laying eggs somewhere late this year (best case) or early in spring next year.
I wouldn't advise to combine them with very small children (ages 6 and under) as they are very enthousiastic and I could foresee situations in which they might be a bit too wild for little kids to care for them..
From BrechtRyckaert Jun 4 2013 4:28PM