- one of a French breed of chickens having a V-shaped comb, five toes, and mottled or black plumage.
Origin of Houdan
First recorded in 1870–75; after Houdan, village near Paris where these hens were bred
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The breed takes its name from the town of Houdan, the center of a district in which this is the common type of fowl.Our Domestic Birds
John H. Robinson
It is also clear that the offspring of Silkie crosses are more apt to be polydactyl than those of Houdan crosses.
Also the average degree of polydactylism is much greater in the Silkie than in the Houdan crosses.
To summarize: "Potency," as measured by dominance of the extra-toed condition, is inherited, in the Houdan crosses at least.
The Polish and Houdan fowl thus retain in the outer nasal opening an embryonic condition.
- a breed of light domestic fowl originally from France, with a distinctive full crest
C19: named after Houdan, village near Paris where the breed originated
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