Other name(s): Poule Le Merlerault
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: France
History: The Le Marlerault Chicken (Poule Le Merlerault) is a breed which was developed near the town of Merlerault, in the Normandy region of France. Le Poule Le Merlerault nearly became extinct in the second half of the twentieth century, when French breeder JC Périquet restored the breed.
Current Uses: Breed preservation
Appearance: The Le Marlerault is very similar in appearance to the Crévecour and La Fléche chickens. It is usually solid black (blue and white also exist), crested, and has a horned comb. However, the breed lacks a beard. They are of medium weight, but the recreated Le Marlerault is not as heavy as the birds that became extinct.
Average weight: 6.5 - 8 lbs.
Lifespan: 8 - 12 years
Diet: The Le Marlerault does well on a basic commercial diet. Birds should be supplemented with fresh fruits, veggies, bugs, and grit if not permitted to free-range. Hens may need oyster shells added to their diet, if their feed is not high enough in calcium. Fresh water must be available at all times.
Housing: Housing can be simple, but does require planning. You will need a coop that provides your birds with a safe place to escape the weather, night and day-time predators, and is well-drained, clean, ventilated, and comfortable. Roosts should be provided for sleeping, and nesting boxes for egg laying.
Health issues: The breed is relatively healthy, and tolerates most climates. Birds will need proper housing, care, feed, and parasite control and treatment to live full healthy lives.
Behavior / Temperament / Activity level: The Poule Le Merlerault is very active and nervous.Written by Jamie Clark