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Article last updated: Friday, July 16th, 2010

The Chantecler (chicken) was developed in Canada to be a Dual purpose breed and be hardy to Canada's cold winters. It was developed in Quebec at  Abbey of Notre-Dame du Lac in Oka. By "dual-purpose" this means it is suitable for both Egg production and for butchering for meat.

The Chantecler breed is known to be an "endangered" breed by "Rare Breeds Canada".

Average Weight can be around 8 and a half pounds for a rooster, and hens around 7 pounds.

The Chantecler was developed in the early 1900s by "
Brother Wilfred", a monk, who realized that Canada had no chicken breed to call its own. His goals was to make the breed cold hardy, be a good layer and be a good size for meat. Today, the Chantecler breed is known to be one of the most cold hardy breeds available.
The White Chantecler is was developed with "Dark Cornish", "White Leghorn", "Rhode Island Red", "White Plymouth Rock", and "White Wyandotte". The breed was admitted to the APA Standard in 1921, but by 1918, the breed was already available and presented to the Public.
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Picture of a Chantecler hen. Image from performance poultry website, a hatchery located Ontario.

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Dr. J. E. Wilkinson developed the Partridge Chantecler variety about 10 years later by crossing Partridge Wyandotte, Partridge Cochin, Dark Cornish, and the Rose Comb Brown Leghorn, then was admitted to APA Standard in 1935.

The Buff variety of the Chantecler was actually developed in the United States by Walter Franklin in the 1980s.
Buff Cornish, Buff Wyandotte and Buff Plymouth were used to develop the Buff Chantecler breed.

In 2003, Rare Breeds Canada estimated that there is between 1000 and 1500 Chantecler birds in Canada, and mostly in Quebec and Ontario areas.

Where to buy this Breed? Members (CT Classifieds; For Sale/Wanted Ads) Hatcheries List

If none of the above resources has this breed, you may "Post a Wanted Ad" in the Marketplace with your Free account.

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Jonah Sabean
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