Other name(s): Poule Limousine
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: France
History: The Limousine chicken is an old breed which was developed in the Limousin region of France primarily for the purpose of using its feathers to create fly lures for fishing.
Current Uses: Meat and Eggs, Ornamental, and Breed Preservation
Appearance: The Limousine chicken is a medium sized fowl with a good amount of meat. They have an upraised tail, and short sickles. The hackle feathers where used to create the fishers flies. The bird has a large red single combs, wattles, and earlobes. The breed is recognized in blue, black, black hackle stained red, and blue colored ornament.
Average weight: 6 - 8 lbs.
Lifespan: 8 - 12 years
Diet: The Limousine 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. However, during the winters frostbitten combs and wattles may be a concern. Rubbing oil on them will help prevent frostbite and chapping. Birds will need proper housing, care, feed, and parasite control and treatment to live full healthy lives.
Behavior / Temperament / Activity level: Le Poule Limousine is very alert, active, and independent.Written by Jamie Clark