La Fleche Chickens

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History

The La Fleche is now rare but were around in France before 1660, taking their name from the town of La Fleche in the Valley of La Sarthe. They are a large dual-purpose breed with a V-comb and the remains of a small crest. This V-shaped comb is often referred to as a Devils Head due to the horn-like parallel points. They have long wattles, white earlobes and the plumage is nearly always black with black legs and feet. The tail is well developed and has many ornamental feathers. It probably originates from the Crevecoeurs and Black Spanish. As a table bird, the skin of the La Fleche is remarkably white. There is also a bantam version available, which was developed in Germany.

Behaviour

The La Fleche is a good forager and is happy to free range but will adapt equally well to confinement. They are flighty and will fly over 2 metres so fencing needs to be high to keep them contained. If allowed, they will roost in trees so it is a good idea to train them to return to their coops by feeding them before dusk. They are active birds but avoid human contact and will not generally allow themselves to be tamed. The hens are not known for being broody and chicks mature slowly but they are hardy birds and the hens will lay throughout the winter. They are good layers, producing around 200 white-shelled eggs per year. Males weigh 8-9lbs while the females are 6-7lbs.

Varieties

Black, White, Cuckoo and Blue Laced.

Status

Fairly common

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           La Fleche blue

- Peter, 04 January 2014

I am breeding rare poultry La Fleche 10 years. I started with black. I imported inc. eggs from Mrs. Jarosova from Prague. Sveral times i bought cocks in Germany. 3 years ago I imorted inc. eggs from german breeder, and I hatched blue chickens. In december 2013 I swown blue La Fleche cock in Europa Show in Leipzig. Now I have flock with black cock and 4 blue and 4 black hens. The first eggs are in the incubator.


           Great Pet

- Luis, 31 August 2013

I purchased a flock of these birds because I read in Mother Nature Network, http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/photos/a-chicken-breed-to-fit-your-need/best-tasting-birds , that they were one of the best tasting chickens. They are Black Chickens with white ear-muffs and an arrow-like comb. They are feisty, flighty, but will always go back to their coop at night. I keep them away from other breeds of chickens because they like to peck at their feet-i guess it's because they taste real good. I've had them since day were a day old chicks, so I guess they are somewhat comfortable with me. They laid their first egg on the 23rd week. It was small and white. So I am guessing, they take about 6 months to lay.


           Eye-catching breed

- Chloe, 26 October 2010

This fabulous breed are a worthy edition to any collection. Our three La Fleche are now 24 weeks old and are looking wonderful, they are a truly striking breed. The cockerel is friendly and is starting to develop his striking features such as the wonderful v-shape horns and the large wattles and ear lobes. We are very excited about the future of this great breed and we look forward to breeding some next year.


           Find room for La Fleche in your collection!

- Chloe, 03 August 2010

We think this is a fabulous breed that deserves to be more popular and is a striking addition to any collection. This breed is considered by some to be nervous, flighty and challenging to keep however we have found with careful, frequent handling from an early age they can become fairly tame and will quickly get to know you. We take care to make sure we give all the birds we keep the same level of attention and care.

 
 
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