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  1. one of a French breed of chickens having a V-shaped comb, five toes, and mottled or black plumage.
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Origin of Houdan

First recorded in 1870–75; after Houdan, village near Paris where these hens were bred
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Historical Examples of houdan

  • The breed takes its name from the town of Houdan, the center of a district in which this is the common type of fowl.

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  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for houdan


  1. a breed of light domestic fowl originally from France, with a distinctive full crest
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Word Origin for Houdan

C19: named after Houdan, village near Paris where the breed originated
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