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Malines Chicken

Other name(s):
 Mechelse Koekoek; Mechel; Malines Chicken; Mechelen; Turkeyhead Malines; Coucou de Malines; Mechelner Huhn, Kuckucksperber, Mechelner Kuckuck

Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus

Country / Place of origin: Belgium

History: During the first half of the nineteenth century, the large clean-legged cuckoo chicken named the Flemish Cuckoo, was popular amongst farmers throughout Dendermonde and Mechelen in Belgium. As large Asiatic breeds were imported to France, Belgian farmers crossed these asiatic birds to their Flemish Cuckoo, creating the Mechelse Koekoek. The single-combed Malines Chicken was also crossed with the Bruges Game chicken, and the resulting variety became known as the "Turkeyhead Malines".

Up until the World Wars in Europe, the Malines chicken was considered one of the best meat producers, and was exported around Europe and to North America. Today the Mechelse Koekoek is rare outside of Belgium.

Owners say:
enthousiastic little chicken, speckled feathers, Lovely appearance, good egg layers
little kids, plants
disappearing race
Overall review
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3.5 (2)
I absolutely adore these chickens!They are stunning! ...
Review by: LoInfern (4) December 27, 2014 18:20
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Since a couple of months I've been raising a cute lit...
Review by: BrechtRyckaert (3) June 04, 2013 16:28
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