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Crevecoeur chickens are a dual-purpose bird; but they servernmainly as an ornamental show bird today. They do, however, lay 120 medium eggsrnper annum and matures into a meaty fowl in a reasonable amount of time. Crevecoeurrnchickens boast a short grained, extremely white meat on small boned skeleton.rnThey have a high percentage of meat to total carcass weight.rnrn 

The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy has listed thernCrevecoeur as endangered worldwide. The US has less than 500 Crevecoeur breedingrnchickens. rnrn 

Although described as an active breed, Crevecouers bearrnconfinement well and rarely go broody in the coop. Owners characterize them asrncalm, friendly, and easy to handle. However, some Crevecoeur breeders reportrnthat certain individuals have an aggressive side. Crevecoeurs like to move butrnrarely forage in spite of their constant activity. Quiet, deliberate, and notrnprone to flightiness, Crevecoeurs do well in a backyard setting.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnCrevecouer roosters weigh around eight pounds and the hen’srnweigh around seven. The bantams run around two pounds. Crevecoeurs have arnlordly appearance in their full black crest with matching beard and muffs.rnTheir plumage, jet black with a greenish tint, distinguishes them on thernexhibition floor. Crevecoeurs have red V comb that looks like horns on thernrooster. The hen conceals her smaller V comb with her crest. Both rooster andrnhen have small red wattles and earlobes. Their black beak with shades of hornrncolor at the tip produces a stately but somewhat menacing appearance.rnCrevecoeurs support themselves on gun blue legs not favored in American meatrnmarkets but suitably matched to their striking plumage. In many ways Crevecoeursrnresembles Houdan chickens except they have four toes in contrast to the fiverntoed Houdan.rnrn rnrn 

rnrnKeep your Crevecoeurs warm. Frostbite easily occurs on thernvulnerable crests and V combs of Crevecoeurs. Build a dry, draft-free coop.rnCrevecoeurs have little tolerance to cold, rain, and wind. Many owners reportrnlackluster egg production for the breed; however, others report a consistentrnegg per day. Feed a good layer food and supplement with extra protein andrncalcium for better egg production. Artificial lighting added to the morningrnhours always helps as the days get shorter. Run your Crevecoeurs on woodrnshavings to protect their show plumage from dust and damage. Move the runrnoccasionally to prevent the build up of parasites in the soil.

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