Illinois, United States
Posted Mar 03, 2015
When I decided to buy chickens, I visited the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy website in order to select a breed that was endangered to help preserve the breed. I chose the Chantecler because I live in a cold climate and this breed was listed as being exceptionally cold hardy. This has proven to be the case.
Chanteclers were developed in Canada and, as opposed to most chickens, have a very small, tight comb which very rarely shows signs of frostbite. On the other hand, they don't do very well with heat. On one particularly hot summer a few years ago, I lost six in one week.
Chanteclers are very good egg layers, even in the winter. They do go broody, but not excessively so.
As far as temperament, this is a very calm breed of chicken, but not particularly friendly. The roosters are relatively docile and easy to handle.
Chanteclers are critically endangered. Please consider raising a flock in order to keep the breed from dying out.