Crevecoeur Bantam Chicken
Crevecoeur Chicken’s are an old French breed related to the Houdan with one less toe and slightly different comb. The comb is of the horn type with a solidly built body. Color green / black only. Little is known of the origin of this breed. Darwin classifies Crevecoeur Bantam Chicken with Houdans as sub-varieties of the Polish. They originated in Normandy and took their name from a village in that country.
Characteristics: Very rare. Non-setting, suited for close (and dry) confinement. Active and can be aggressive. Because of fancy feathering, not suited for foul weather. May have problems with freezing crest feathers
- Standard Weights: Cock-30 oz; Hen-26 oz; Cockerel-26 oz; Pullet-24 oz.
- Varieties: Black
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: Normandy
Bantams are suitable for smaller backyards as they do not need as much space as other breeds. Bantam hens are also used as laying hens, with some breeds laying up to 150 eggs per year. However, Bantam eggs are only about one-half to one-third the size of a regular hen egg. The Bantam chicken eats the same foods as a normal chicken. In commercial situations they are fed grain-based foods because this is convenient and efficient for the producer. Chickens in the wild eat more insects and vegetation than grains.
In contrast, the Bantam rooster is famous in rural areas throughout the United Kingdom and the United States for its aggressive, “puffed-up” disposition that can be comedic in stature. It is often called a “Banty” in the rural United States.
Many bantam hens are renowned for hatching and brooding. They are very protective mothers and will attack anything that gets near their young.
Bantams do have a higher mortality rate when they are kept as backyard pets. They are easy targets for hawks, cats, foxes, or any other small predator.