Coucou de Rennes Breed Information
1. Very hardy breed suited to all weather conditions.
2. Free roaming and require little care.
3. Friendly in nature although not suited for petting.
4. Unusual markings making them a pretty addition to your laying flock.
5. Good layers producing all year round large cream coloured eggs.
Coucou de Rennes is an authentic French breed of chicken, it is an historic Breton breed which had nearly disappeared by the late twentieth century, a breeding programme was then put into place in 1988 by the local Rennes authorities and since then the breed has recovered.
The breed was very localised being found mainly in the countryside surrounding Rennes and more generally throughout Brittany but has now become available and recognised in the UK.
The Coucou de Rennes is a very pretty laying hen with lovely barred markings throughout; she is a very hardy breed and is happiest free roaming in wide-open spaces. They are robust and need little extra care.
They would be fantastic for a smallholding as a laying hen and would not be best suited to being handled by children.
They do get along with other breeds being one of the more gentle large breeds however can tend to be a little aloof and slightly antisocial, meaning they can be loaners.
Although originally a French table bird, they have become revered as an ornamental large fowl and they are good layers and will lay all year round as they are hardy they are happy in wetter and colder conditions but can equally handle warmer climates too.
They will lay up to 3 large sized cream coloured eggs a week.