- White Chantecler Chicken
The Chantecler originated in the Quebec Province of Canada and is a dual purpose chicken. The Chantecler is the first Canadian breed of chicken. Under the supervision of Brother Chatelain, the monks of the Cistercian Abbey in Oka, Quebec, sought to create a fowl of vigorous and rustic temperament that could resist the climatic conditions of Canada. The White Chantecler was introduced to the public in 1918 and admitted to the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection in 1921.The breed is noted for having nearly no wattles and a small cushion comb appearing much like a small round button sitting low on the head. An excellent layer of brown eggs and a good winter layer. The breed is noted for being calm, gentle and personable.
At 20 weeks the average live weight for males was 7 pounds 8 ounces, the largest male was exactly 9 pounds.
PLEASE NOTE: This availability chart is updated periodically and does not reflect the availability of in-store poultry and does not represent a guarantee of shipping date.
We hatch/ship February - September of each season. See Calendar.
We schedule all orders to ship ASAP when the entire order is available. If you would like to delay your order, you can specify your delay date at checkout.
There is an additional small order fee ($20) charged for orders of only 3-14 poultry. We do not ship less than 3 poultry.
- Poultry Show Class: American Class
- Weights: Hen-----6 1/2 lbs Rooster------8 1/2 lbs
Pullet----5 1/2lbs Cockerel-----7 1/2 lbs
- Purpose and Type: Dual, Egg Laying and meat; Exhibition
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Egg Production: 150-200+ eggs per year (estimates only, see FAQ)
- Egg Size: Large
- Temperament: Docile
- Fertility Percentage: 40-55%
- Broody: Variable
- Mating Ratio: 7 Females to 1 Male
- Roost Height: 2 to 4 feet
- Country of Origin: Quebec, Canada
- APA: Yes, Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection in 1921.
- ALBC: Critical Status
- Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery® Poultry Breeding Farm used seed stock from Greg Oakes and John W Blehm developing since 2012.
Calm disposition, attractive conformation Review by Louiclay
Have had the Chantecler less than a year, so this review isn't definitive, but...so far their behavior is mellow and they did well last summer, when big enough to forage outside. Two of our young hens are laying eggs, although we have no supplemental lighting at this time (and only 4 hours of daylight)...so I'm impressed.
Another 'plus': When handling the hens, or working within their pen, we have absolutely no problem with the rooster we kept. He's attentive, but doesn't appear threatened or defensive. For us, this is the usual sticking-point with keeping a rooster...but this chap is definitely on an even keel!
The Chantecler are bigger than I'd anticipated, and nice looking birds. Their close-cropped crown is great for our climate; plus their plumage is dense and protective.
All of ours survived the long trip after hatching, so I culled a few for the freezer in September, and they dressed-out nicely! I'd recommend this breed. (Posted on 12/12/2019)
Love this breed! Review by Djjwelch
These are great chickens. I purchased straight runs of a few breeds to try and of the 3 breeds I bought more of these survived than any other. They are great foragers and will lay through the winter without artificial light. When we harvested the extra roos the chanteclers were significantly larger than the dominiques or Delawares. I will be purchasing more in the spring. I wish Cackle had the buff and partridge varieties too! (Posted on 12/11/2019)
Beautiful hens Review by Pete
They are bigger then I thought they’re be and have an excellent temperament. Most of them started laying eggs at 4 months old. We have had no issues and couldn’t be happier with our purchase. (Posted on 12/11/2019)
Great show birds Review by Jennifer
We got 5 Chanteclers, 4 were males and 1 female. The female won awards at the county fair! They are the SMARTEST birds in the whole flock. They are a little unique and fun. Great free rangers that go in at night. (Posted on 12/11/2019)
Majestic Review by McKnight Family
These birds are truly regal! Enormous size and calm personality provides our flock with touch of snow--even in the hot summer! Excellent (Posted on 6/17/2019)
Chantecler Review by Alexander
I started keeping chickens last year for the hobby and the eggs. In my research of the different kinds of chicken the Chantecler stuck out as a chicken that met my needs. I ordered 5 last February and got one extra at the time of delivery in March. They were very energetic and healthy and have grown into attractive creatures that lay eggs no matter how cold and brutal the weather is. Will be ordering at least 20 chicks from cackle this year and greatly appreciate the option to buy my chicks without vaccinations. (Posted on 12/3/2017)
Great Website Review by Paul
Great website, plenty of excellent info,I will be ordering from you soon. (Posted on 8/17/2017)
Chanteclers are excellent for egg and meat production. Review by Ron
I received an order of Chanteclers from Cackle Hatchery about 2 years ago and to get some additional stock for breeding, I am soon placing an order for 15 more. Cackle is the only hatchery I would ever use because of many years of total satisfaction. (Posted on 3/27/2017)
Happy Customer Review by Mike California Sept 2014
I ordered 55 chicks from there and received 59 all alive at the beginning of August. One died later but the rest are great. I will not order from another hatchery other than this one. I will recommend you to anyone that wants to order poultry. You are not only the cheapest but have fast shipping and great chicks. Thanks (Posted on 11/20/2015)
Attn:Libby Review by Carrie New York May 2010
I wanted to let you know that our chicks arrived!! I was very impressed with the packaging and service from your company. Right now they are all doing well and we are the most excited. (Posted on 11/20/2015)