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Houdans arerndual-purpose chicken. In France they have a reputation as a high class tablernfowl. Houdans produce a juicy, white meat with fine bones. They are also fairrnegg producers: they lay two eggs a week for eight to ten years. Chicks maturernquickly without issues. They handle confinement; although, they preferrnforaging. Houdans can live on any soil type and secure most of their food byrntheir own efforts. The ornamental Houdan does better in warm, dry climates.rnTheir heavy head feathering freezes when cold and wet. Houdans produce lessrnoffal than other breeds resulting in fewer parasites in the soils under them.rnrn

rnrnHoudans enjoyrnhuman interaction. If handled early, the hens make great pets for children.rnHoudan roosters have a large crest which limits their eyesight making themrnpotentially flighty and less suitable as pets. The docile Houdan fits well in arnfamily and on their small scale farm. Like most foraging breeds Houdans lead anrnactive lifestyle. They prefer walking over sitting on a nest to hatch brood.rnFortunately, they readily accept incubators or surrogate sitters for theirrneggs.rnrn

rnrnPoultry affectionrnados associate the Houdan with their spectacular crest, beard, and muffs. ThernHoudan also has a unique and prominent “V” comb which distinguishes them fromrnother breeds. The Houdan's small wattles and earlobes disappear inside theirrnhead feathering. Houdans have two basic color configurations—Mottled and White.rnThe standard rooster weighs eight pounds with the hen weighing in at seven. Thernbantams average three pounds. Like some other French breeds, the Houdan hasrnfive toes. The orientation of this fifth toe causes the Houdan to walk with arnclassic Houdan skip.rnrn

rnrnGive your Houdansrna dry, spacious, and safe run for foraging. Houdans have a distinctrndisadvantage against predators with their vision limiting crests. Plant grainrnproducing foliage. Houdans like to gather their own food when possible. Usernfeed and water containers designed to keep their crest dry and clean. Houdansrnlay well into old age. Supplement their feed with extra calcium and protein forrncontinued egg production. Houdans seldom hatch their eggs. Use an incubator orrnsurrogate sitter to hatch eggs. Hatch chicklings in the warm months to takernadvantage of the heat.

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