Blue Foot chicken

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blue-footed chicken
Other names poulet bleu
Country of origin Canada
Standard none
Use meat
Classification
APA not recognised
Notes
blue legs and feet
Chicken
Gallus gallus domesticus

The blue-footed chicken or poulet bleu is a Canadian chicken hybrid bred to resemble the French Poulet de Bresse.[1]

History[edit]

The hybrid is attributed to Canadian breeder Peter Thiessen of British Columbia[1] and was intended as an alternative to the French Poulet de Bresse, a chicken product from birds of the Bresse Gauloise breed raised and fed in a specific and traditional way within a legally-defined area in France. It was developed over a period of 15 years starting in the 1980s.[1] The Canadian stock was destroyed in 2004 during the avian flu scare. Some stock in California survived.[2]

Characteristics[edit]

The blue-footed chicken is white, with a red comb and steel-blue feet.[3]

Blue-foot chickens are typically slaughtered much later than industrially-produced stock, being left to grow for longer. They require 14 to 16 weeks to reach market size.[2] After slaughter, the chickens may be air-chilled.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 'Magic' blue-footed chicken makes the grade. California Poultry Federation. Archived 25 July 2011.
  2. ^ a b Kind of Blue: Modesto’s champion chicken by Hank Shaw. Edible Sacramento. Archived 25 February 2013.
  3. ^ a b Rob Patronite, Robin Raisfeld (24 October 2005). Kind of Blue. New York Magazine. Accessed August 2014.