About La Fleche (A.K.A. "The Devil Bird") Chickens
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About La Fleche (A.K.A. About La Fleche (A.K.A. "The Devil Bird") Chickens

La Fleche (which is French for the “the Arrow”) chickens have the nickname of “the Devil Bird” because they have a large red V comb that looks like the classic red horns associated with the Devil.  

La Fleche chickens are a dual purpose bird. They lay three large, extra-large, white eggs a week from March to October averaging 180 per annum. However, La Fleches stand out as a meat foul. They seemingly distribute their fat to create an enviable juiciness in all parts of the carcass. La Fleche chicks grow slowly but make up for it in flavor and in their high dressed ratio (dressed weight/live weight) at butchering time.  

La Fleche chickens will adapt to confinement but prefer foraging over roosting or brooding. They likee the open range and will travel far if left to their own devices. Their ability to fly adds to their foraging range and allows the La Fleche the attractive option of tree roosting. Without proper precautions the La Fleche farmer can wake up to find his flock gone. La Fleche chickens work well on a small farm but fail in a surburban backyard. As a whole they shun human interaction and domestication.  

They have extremely long red wattles that stand in stark contrast to large white earlobes. La Fleche chickens carry themselves in a tall, upright manner. Although they produce white meat, La Fleche chickens carry themselves on dark, leaden blue legs. La Fleche chickens display full tails with a large number of decorative feathers. They have several colorings of plumage; however, only the Black La Fleche has made into the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection book as of 1874.  

La Fleche chickens can clear a six foot fence. To contain them, you will need to completely enclose the pen. La Fleches like large foraging spaces. Give them as much room as you can spare. Their long comb, wattles, and earlobes put them at great risk from frostbite. If you choose to keep La Fleche in the northern latitudes, you must provide a warm coop. La Fleche hens lay through October. Give them good layer food that supplements calcium and protein. Provide artificial light in the morning hours to lengthen laying time.


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