Brother Wilfred Chantelain, a Trappist monk set out to create the breed from 1907, by combining Dark Cornishes, White Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, White Plymouth Rocks and White Wyandottes. The Chantecler Chicken breed was presented to the public in 1918.
Characteristics: A large chicken that lays well and a good meat producer. There is a miniaturized bantam version, weighing in at 30-34 ounces. All varieties of the breed possess yellow skin and beaks, and lay brown eggs.The breed is noted for having nearly no wattles and a small cushion comb. The comb appearing much like a small round button sitting low on the head.
The small comb and wattles allow this breed to withstand the cold Canadian winters without worry of frostbite. Not surprisingly, the breed is noted for being very hardy, is an excellent layer of brown eggs with a reputation as a good winter layer, and has a well-fleshed breast. The Chantecler can still be found in both of its original colors, White and Partridge; both having yellow flesh and legs. It is an excellent choice for anyone wanting a productive fowl that will excel in a wintry climate. The breed is noted for being calm, gentle, and personable.
- Standard Weights: Cock-8-1/2 pounds; hen-6-1/2 pounds; cockerel 7-1/2 pounds; pullet-5-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: Yellow.
- Egg Shell Color: Brown.
- Use: General purpose fowl for good egg and meat production potential.
- Origin: Canada.
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.