Region of origin: France
Profile: The combination of the deep red horned comb, strong beak, cavernous nostrils and beetle black plumage coupled with the solid stature of this breed means it well suited to it nick name of “Satan’s Fowl”. It is quite a large chicken which makes a good layer but grows quickly making an excellent table bird well-known in its country of origin.
Behaviour and upkeep: These birds benefit from being able to free range as they are excellent foragers and will cover large distances in search of food. This makes them a very economical breed ideally suited to their dual purpose function. They are also capable of flying quite high despite their size so do need high fences or roofed areas if they are not to be found roosting in trees. Wary by nature they do not tame easily though they are not an aggressive breed.
Eyes: Black/Red, Comb: Double spike, Feet & legs: Clean, dark slate or black
Cock: Large Fowl 8-9lb (3.6 –4.1 kg) Bantam 36oz (1020g)
Hen: Large Fowl 6-7lb (2.7-3.2 kg) Bantam 28oz (800g)
Egg production: Medium to high
Egg Colour: White
Classification: Heavy; Rare