Origins <ul><li>A rare breed of chicken from Quebec, Canada </li></ul><ul><li>Composite breed derived from Dark Cornish, White Leghorn, Rhode Island Red, White Wyandotte, Columbian Wyandotte and White Plymouth Rock. </li></ul><ul><li>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 </li></ul><ul><li>Took 9 years to develop and was officially declared a breed in 1921 </li></ul><ul><li>Characteristics are a small comb and wattle so it will not succumb to frost bite in cold temperatures </li></ul>
Ark of Taste <ul><li>Quebec named it a heritage breed in 1999 </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Estimated only 2,000 birds left </li></ul><ul><li>Good dual purpose bird as produces good eggs and meat is more flavourful than other broiler chickens </li></ul>
The Future <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>"The only way to save the breed is to eat it," Fred Silversides, a poultry research scientist with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. </li></ul><ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>Quebec hopes Ontario farmers will start raising the Chantecler as well. One farmer outside of Guelph has but not for commercial purposes </li></ul>
Sources <ul><li>Plan to save Cdn chicken from extinction By THE CANADIAN PRESS http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/WeirdNews/2009/10/04/11291861-cp.html </li></ul><ul><li>Six pounds but what's its IQ? http://www.slowfood.ca/news_articles_view.php?id=49 </li></ul><ul><li>Chantcler Chicken http://www.cfagrf.com/Chantecler_chicken.htm </li></ul><ul><li>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chantecler_%28chicken%29 </li></ul>
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