Other name(s): Poule de Mantes
Scientific name: Gallus gallus domesticus
Country / Place of origin: France
History: The Mantes Chicken (Poule de Mantes) comes from the town of Mantes-la-Jolie, France. It appears to be related to the Houdan and Gournay, and became known during the second half of the nineteenth century.
Current Uses: Meat and Eggs, Ornamental, and Breed Preservation
Appearance: The Mantes chicken is a medium sized bird with a sturdy body. They have medium sized single combs, wattles, and earlobes. They have fluffy beards and muffs. The breed also has five toes. The Mantes is recognized only in the mottled color, which is black with white splotches.
Average weight: 5.5 - 8 lbs.
Lifespan: 8 - 12 years
Diet: The Mantes 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.Written by Jamie Clark
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