Crèvecœur chicken

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Crèvecœur (male in foreground)
Country of origin France
Weight Male: 3.5 kg
  Female: 2.5 kg
Egg color white
APA continental[1]
ABA all other comb clean legged
PCGB rare soft feather: heavy[2]
Gallus gallus domesticus
For other uses, see Crèvecœur (disambiguation).

The Crèvecœur is a rare breed of chicken originating in France. Named after the town of Crèvecœur in Normandy, it is one of the oldest French chicken breeds, and may be the progenitor of the La Flèche, Houdan, and Faverolles.

They have uniformly black plumage, a V-shaped comb and large crests, similar in this last regard to the Houdan and Polish breeds. Their legs are a dark blue–gray.[3]

They were first kept in France as dual–purpose chickens, valued for both their white eggs and meat. Abroad in the U.S. and the U.K., where consumers prefer table birds with light-colored legs, Crèvecœurs are primarily bred for poultry exhibition. They were admitted into the Standard of Perfection of the American Poultry Association in 1874.[1]

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  1. ^ a b APA Recognized Breeds and Varieties as of January 1, 2012. American Poultry Association. Accessed August 2014.
  2. ^ Breed Classification. Poultry Club of Great Britain. Accessed August 2014.
  3. ^ (Ekarius 2007, pp. 116–117)


  • Ekarius, Carol (2007). Storey's Illustrated Guide to Poultry Breeds. 210 MAS MoCA Way, North Adams MA 01247: Storey Publishing. ISBN 978-1-58017-667-5.