Other name(s): La poule Lyonnaise
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: France
History: The Lyonnaise chicken (La poule Lyonnaise) was created by breeder Mr. Etienne Tamburini, of Lyon, France. To develop the breed he crossed a white Silkie and a bantam Dutch rooster with a bare neck and frizzled feathers. These offspring was then crossed to a white-crested dutch, and Black Hamburg. After, fourteen years of work, the breed was recognized in 1969.
Current Uses: Breed preservation.
Appearance: Lyonnaise chickens are small in stature. They have red rose combs and wattles. Behind their comb is a small crest. Their earlobes are white. The breed is solid black, and should sport frizzled feathering (curly feathers).Bantam weight 800-900 grams.
Average weight: N/A
Lifespan: 8 - 12 years
Diet: The Lyonnais 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: Quite and elegant.Written by Jamie Clark