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Origin, diffusion and economic characteristics
French breed originating in central France (Burgundy Region, Saone-Loire department, Arrondissement Charolles, Canton Charolles). Once very bred today rarer. It was officially recognized in 1966.
Excellent laying hen (white shell eggs) but particularly appreciated for its very delicate white skinned flesh.
There is only the white coat variety.
Head with pink crest and white beak. Red mumps and medium wattles.
Neck with abundant cape. Wide abdomen and back. Medium tail. Pinkish white tarsi.
- Roosters 3.0 - 3.5 kg
- Hens 2.3 - 2.5 kg
Charolaise rooster and hen
Charolaise hen (photo http://album.aufeminin.com)
Municipality of Charolles
Breed standard - FIAV
I - GENERALITIES
France. Charolles region, Saone-et-Loire.
Minimum weight g. 60
Shell color: yellowish
II - TYPE AND ADDRESSES FOR THE SELECTION
Medium-sized chicken; very developed chest; horizontal back line and long legs evident without cushions; medium-sized tail; rose ridge.
III - STANDARD
General appearance and characteristics of the breed
Trunk: long, wide and deep.
Head: medium size.
Beak: medium length, strong; whitish color.
Eyes: prominent; orange red iris.
Crest: rose; spine adhering to the nape line; red.
Bargigli: medium sized; red.
Face: smooth; without traces of feathers; red.
Mumps: medium sized; red.
Neck: of medium length; abundant cape.
Back: wide and flat; horizontal. Well feathered croup.
Wings: well tightened to the body.
Tail: of medium length; carried at an angle of about 45 °. In the rather small hen, closed and slightly raised.
Chest: square, prominent and deep.
Legs: strong and long legs. Medium length tarsi; naked; whitish in color. Four fingers, not feathered; medium length and well spread out.
Belly: well developed.
2 - WEIGHTS
ROOSTER: Kg. 3,0 - 3,5
HEN: Kg. 2,3 - 2,5
Serious faults: subject too slender; underdeveloped chest; tail too long, back tilted; too light subject; cushions on the legs and above the base of the tail (Orpington type); habit too low; plumage too soft or tight; plumage in the tarsi; simple ridge.
3 - PLUMAGE
Conformation: thick and well-tightened to the body.
IV - COLORS
All plumage and pure white duvet.
Serious defects: strong yellow reflections; feathers of other color.