- Houdan chickens - anyone interested?
Hi there! I'm trying to save the large fowl Houdan chicken in the UK. I'm not a breeder, but am coordinating a rescue attempt! If anyone is interested, or knows anyone who has them, could you let me k
- Thanks for the Invite!
I just got in an invite from the FaceBook page. I just got started my interest in raising chickens but look forward to running all my questions by the experts. Thanks for having me!
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Pros: Lovely Chickens
Cons: Mistaken for Polish
Recommended? YesI have a white with black speckled Houdan hen, named Splash and for the longest time thought she was Polish. She has been the mate of my Polish Rooster, Elvis since I got them. They are inseparable, so they have mated and I thought I was producing Polish chicks.
It wasn't until I entered them in the fair this summer that I found out that she was Houdan. Unfortunately, she was disqualified because I had her labeled as a Polish. Houdans have 5 toes instead of 4. I believe Polish hens also have wattles and Houdan hens do not. They are only accepted in about two colors which are white and Mottled. Splash is a very sweet hen and tends to be calm and easy going. Beautifully soft feathers.
Interestingly enough, after finding out that she was a Houdan, I went home and checked her off spring. Some are Houdan and some are Polish. I have hatched her eggs which are always a nice medium sized white egg and she generally has 1 out of 3 that will be a hen. The hens are always a solid black with white crests and the roosters are always gray. Unfortunately, the feed store that I got these birds from received them from a hatchery as all polish, straight run.
Pros: Dual propose breed.
Cons: Extra care needed of the birds crests .
Recommended? YesGood meat and egg breed
Make delightful pets .