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Poultry Breeds - Chantecler Chickens

Poultry Breeds - Chantecler Chickens


ChanteclerOrigins: The Chantecler is originally from a region close to Montreal in the 1920’s. The breed was created by a monk, Brother Wilfrid Chatelain and named after a poem, “Chantecler” by  Edmond Rostand, a French poet at the time around the early 1900’s. The breed history is complex; the first cross was between a dark Cornish and a White leghorn, then he made another cross between a Rhode Island Red and a White Wyandotte. From these crosses he mated the pullet with the cockerel. Finally, from this cross he mated the pullet with a White Plymouth Rock. The breed was recognized by the APA in 1921. There is a partridge version of the bird, which was created in Canada as well.

Characteristics: The Chantecler was created to withstand the cold harsh weather of winters in Canada while still laying eggs. This fowl has a small cushion pea (according to the APA), red wattle and earlobes. The skin and shanks are the color yellow. The plumage is white or partridge.

Standard Weights: Cock: 8 lbs; Hen: 6 lbs; Bantam Cock: 32 oz; Bantam Hen: 28 oz


  • White

  • Partridge

Egg Shell Color: Light Brown

Uses: The Chantecler is used for its eggs and meat.


Chicken Breeds and Varieties (A2880), John L. Skinner, University of Wisconsin-Madison

"Chantecler Chicken." The Livestock Conservancy. The Livestock Conservancy, n.d. Web. 23 June 2015.


Ekarius, Carol. "Chickens: Chantecler." Pocketful of Poultry: Chickens, Ducks, Geese, Turkeys. North Adams, MA: Storey Pub., 2007. 48-49. Print.
Gilbert, Mike. "History or the Chantecler." Chantecler Fanciers International. N.p., 2007. Web. 23 June 2015.
Lewis, Celia. "Breed Profiles: Chantecler." The Illustrated Guide to Chickens: How to Choose Them, How to Keep Them. New York: Skyhorse Pub., 2011. 70. Print.


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