The Crèvecoeur is one of the most ancient French poultry races (dating back to the 15th century) and it carries the name of its town of origin in Normandy, Crèvecoeur-en-Auge, in Calvados.
The Crèvecoeur is said to be the oldest french poultry breed.
There are records of the breeds presence in France from as early as the 16th century.
Popular in France in the 19th century, it has since fallen from favour among poultry producers and is now listed in the USA as a critical conservation priority by the American Livestock Breed Conservancy.
Dorkings appear to have been added to the breed in the 19th century to produce the bulky Crèvecoeur breed that we see today; which produces large quantities of tasty meat.
They have excellent utility qualities and are a very attractive exhibition breed with a gentle and friendly temperament.
Crèvecoeur and a similar breed, La Flèche, are both part of a small group of poultry breeds which are Australia’s newest breeds, and are incredibly rare.
In 2014 Crèvecoeur, and 2015 La Flèche were successfully imported from the United Kingdom into Australia by a company called AvGen (Lyn Campbell) and Jan Sparks and subsequent generations of birds are available for purchase.
The black colour variety was imported in both breeds.
At this stage La Flèche are only available from AvGen and Crèvecoeur are available from AvGen and some other people the purchased subsequent generations.
It is hoped that members of this group can share their knowledge of the breed, help promote its development and secure the breeds future in Australia and abroad.
Our initial constitution states the principal reasons for our existence are:
1/ to protect the breed of Crevecoeur Chicken in Australia for the long term through acquiring and preserving interests in or associated with the Crevecoeur Poultry Club.
2/ to preserve, restore or maintain the conservation value or environmental significance of the Crevecoeur Poultry Breed through the planned management of the current conservatory property at Rupanyup established for the foundation Crevecoeur birds.
3/ to obtain funds or other property through donations, bequests, public appeals, special events and from the corporate sector.
4/ to provide financial or in-kind help to others to protect and manage the Crevecoeur Chicken breed in Australia.
5/ to provide advice to others about how to protect and manage the Crevecoeur Chicken Breed
6/ to pursue business, sponsorship and other appropriate relationships with the public and private sector to achieve the objects of the Australian Crevecoeur Poultry Club.