Breda Fowl

Limited chicks and hatching eggs available for 2020. Their breeding pen consists of black, blue and splash chickens. More pictures coming soon.

We have had our Breda Fowl for over a year now and they have rapidly become one of our most favourite breeds. They have enchanted us with their charming personalities, beauty and easy going, calm temperaments. They handle confinement well and are also curious about their surroundings and caregivers. We find them to be excellent producers of medium to large size white to cream colored eggs and they are good winter layers. However, we do suggest that when you keep different chicken breeds together, Breda Fowl would do better with other gentle companions.

They are a standard sized chicken breed that has vulture hocks, cavernous nostrils and are the only breed in the world that lack a comb, making them especially cold-hardy. Breda are also less destructive on the ground than other breeds but still make great foragers.

This breed has been newly re-introduced but is still endangered even in their home country. The breed’s distinctive head shape was chosen as the Dutch Poultry Association logo in 1900 and their name translated from Dutch means Crow Head ( Kraaikop) due to the shape of their head and beak. The Breda chicken has been recognized in the Netherlands for several centuries, its roots are unknown. Most agree it was developed in the Netherlands, although some believe it has Belgian or French origins. It is a composite breed, most likely of crested ancestry. Its feathered legs suggest a connection to the Malines breed.

The breed was known as Guelderlands or Guelders in the United States and was present during the early eighteenth century. Following the Civil War the great explosion of American produced breeds nearly swept them completely from public notice and they experienced a decline in Europe at the same time. Black is the most common in the Netherlands and early exports. Other colourations are white, blue, cuckoo, splash and mottled. Weight: Adult hen 5 lb. (2.25 kg); rooster 6½ lb. (3 kg)

The Breda Fowl never made it into the APA Standard but there is a breed standard for the Breda in it’s home country and in the British Poultry Standards.

A large crested fowl with a flat comb and feathered feet features in Jan Steen’s 1660 painting The Poultry Yard (De Hoenderhof) is reminiscent of the Breda Fowl chicken. However, it was not until the mid-nineteenth century that the breed was actually described.