Day Old White Chantecler Baby Chicks
Hatching February through August
Chantecler Chickens are listed by the Livestock Conservancy as in Critical need of conservation, the highest level of preservation alert. For people interested in preserving heritage breeds the Chantecler would be a good breed to focus on. And why not? This is a great breed of chicken and a perfect breed for people wanting dependable egg-laying in very cold climates.
Production: White Chanteclers lay prodigious amounts of eggs in winter. Egg coloring is brown. These birds have almost no wattles and very small cushion combs. There is no need to worry about frostbite with these birds. Feathering is tight but with lots of insulating down or fluff against the skin. This winter hardiness makes them quite immune to winter's harshness and laying continues almost unabated. White Chanteclers are also good meat birds. They get quite heavy, have lots of breast meat, and the white feathers make for clean and very presentable table birds.
Temperament: White Chanteclers are gentle with one another and get along well with other types of poultry. They can be high-strung, especially in confined conditions. They do well foraging and free-ranging. Hens have a tendency to broodiness especially as they get older.
History: The Chantecler is Canada's first original breed of chicken. The White Chantecler was the inspiration of Brother Wilfred Chatelain of the Cistercian Abbey in Oka, Quebec. He decided to create a breed that was supremely Canadian, that would do well in the harsh Canadian winters, and that could be a solid and dependable egg producer and meat bird.
Chatelain started his breeding program in 1908, breeding a combination of Dark Cornish, White Leghorns, Rhode Island Reds, White Wyandottes, and White Plymouth Rocks, which ultimately led to the White Chantecler as we know it. The Chantecler was named after the French words, 'chanter' and 'clair' which translate 'to sing bright.' The White Chantecler was admitted into the APA Standard of Perfection in 1921.
APA Class: American
Color Description: White Chanteclers are pure white with yellow beaks and legs. Eyes are a reddish bay in color. Wattles, combs, and ear lobes are bright red but very small and close to the body
Conservation Status: Critical
Weight: Cockerel 7.5 lbs, Pullet 5.5 lbs