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  • Ark Of Taste Chantecler Chicken
  • Origins
    • A rare breed of chicken from Quebec, Canada
    • Composite breed derived from Dark Cornish, White Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, White Wyandotte, Columbian Wyandotte and White Plymouth Rock.
    • Breed was developed by Brother Wilfrid, the poultryman in charge of the flocks at the Cistercian Trappist Monastery at Oka, Quebec because he wanted a truly Canadian chicken that could withstand our winters and was good for both meat and eggs
    • Took 9 years to develop and was officially declared a breed in 1921
    • Characteristics are a small comb and wattle so it will not succumb to frost bite in cold temperatures
  • Ark of Taste
    • Quebec named it a heritage breed in 1999
    • Breed is on the brink of extinction. It once served as a good commercial bird until the poultry industry created today's "high performance hybrids," which grow fast and pump out eggs.
    • Estimated only 2,000 birds left
    • Good dual purpose bird as produces good eggs and meat is more flavourful than other broiler chickens
  • The Future
    • Key figures in the breeds survival are three organizations representing Quebec's egg and poultry producers that recently signed an agreement to allow commercial production of the Chantecler.
    • "The only way to save the breed is to eat it," Fred Silversides, a poultry research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
    • Biggest problem is that it is a slow growing bird so it costs more to raise. However it has tender juicy flesh and is tastier than battery raised chicken so there is a specialized market.
    • Quebec hopes Ontario farmers will start raising the Chantecler as well. One farmer outside of Guelph has but not for commercial purposes
  • Sources
    • Plan to save Cdn chicken from extinction By THE CANADIAN PRESS
    • Six pounds but what's its IQ?
    • Chantcler Chicken