The Mottled Houdan chicken breed was imported from the town Houdan (France) into England around the 1850’s. Houdans are a dual purpose breed for meat and eggs. They have a high conversion rate of food to meat. Fair white egg producers, Houdans lay two eggs a week. Houdans lay for a good eight to ten years but seldom go broody. Chicks mature quickly and a very hearty. Mottled Houdan chicks have black backs and thighs to go along with white heads, wing tips, abdomens, chests and beards. They have V-shaped combs and clean, white and black legs and feet. The adult plumage, including crested feather head, beard and muffs is a mixture of black and black with white. They have a fifth toe that is separated from the others and curves upward. The ornamental Houdan does better in warm, dry climates. Their heavy head feathering freezes when cold and wet. Mottled Houdans are docile and friendly making them a great addition to your flock. Houdans are considered a fancy breed and make wonderful pets and show birds.
- Poultry Show Class: Continental Class
- Weights: Hen: 6 1/2 lbs Rooster: 8 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Dual, Eggs & Meat; Exhibition
- Color of Egg Shell: White
- Egg Production: 150+ eggs per year
- Egg Size: Small-Medium
- Temperament: Docile
- Broody: Setter
- Country of Origin: France
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection in 1874.
- ALBC: Watch Status, Considered a sustainable heritage chicken breed.
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