Houdan
Houdans are another froofy French breed, just like their cousins the Crevecoeurs. They're also related to the Polish breed of chicken. Just like Polish and Crevecoeurs, Houdans are crested with fluffy 'dos and have a v-shaped comb. Houdans are unique, however, in having 5 toes and a beard. They're considered very docile and amenable to confinement. They're also efficient in terms of food eaten to egg ratio. They're rarely kept, but easy to find at hatcheries in the U.S.


Mottled Houdan Hen
Class: Continental (French)
Type: Large Fowl
Size: Very Heavy (8+ lbs)
Rarity: Rare
Purpose: Ornamental
Recognized Varieties: White, Mottled


Egg Laying: Fair (2/wk)
Egg Color: White
Egg Size: Small


Comb Type: V-Shape Comb
Crested: No
Feathered Legs: No
Number of Toes: 5


Hardy In Winter: No
Bears Confinement: Bears confinement well
Especially Docile: Yes
Setter/Broody: Yes
Personality: Sweet and very easily handled.