Tournaisis Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

Other common names: Mille Fleurs de Tournaisis; Doornik bantam

The basics:
The Tournaisis bantam was developed along the French-Belgian border, where the Schelde river enters Belgium. The breed was created around the end of the 19th century, and was called mille fleur de Touranisis.

The breed also developed the nickname: the Captain’s little chicken. This is because the Tournaisis was often kept on decks of freight ships that passed on the Schelde river.

The breed was popular before World War I. However, after the wars most of the bantams were lost. The remaining Tournaisis were breed to the Old English Game, so many of the modern fowl have Old English type.

Types: Bantam
Varieties (Single Comb): Mille Fleur
Uses: Ornamental, Pets, Preservation
Weight: 2 - 3 lbs
Personality: Calm and sweet
Broody: Yes
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Fair (2/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Medium

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