Other name(s): Poule de Hergnies
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: France
History: The Hergnies Chicken (Poule de Hergnies) was created in the village of Hergnies, France, which is close to the Belgian border. It was developed in 1896, from the Braekel. The breed was often confused with the Braekel, and disappeared in the second half of the 20th century. Thankfully, the breed was revived in the 1980’s.
Current Uses: Meat and egg production, and Breed Preservation
Appearance: The Hergnies is a medium sized bird with an elegant body. Their tail is long and highly carried. Their red comb and wattles are large in stature. The Hergnies has white earlobes. They are only found in one color called fleuri, which is a bird with a white neck, and black and white stripes.
Average weight: 6 - 8 lbs.
Lifespan: 8 - 12 years
Diet: The Hergnies 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 Poule de Hergnies 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: The Poule de Hergnies is considered strong and independent. They require less care from their owners, and prefer to forage.Written by Jamie Clark