Not so very long ago I became the proud owner of four young laydee Cuckoo de Renne chickens.
Yesterday, to complement my stock, I found, purchased and brought home a boyfriend for the young mademoiselles. He’s a fine specimen, large, robust and heavy.
The owner of the fine young bird gave us a full history of the bird, where it came from, lineage and told us about the association (everything in France has to have an association) of the Cuckoo de Rennes breeders. He also gave us some very good indications on how to spot genuine birds and hybrids.
Which meant that when got back home we immediately checked our laydeez, only to find that the pink legs I was hoping to find on them weren’t there, they were normal chicken coloured.
I’ve been done. This means that the four young laydeez will be going into the freezer shortly, as their meat is excellent and we will have to find some true laydee Cuckoo’s to continue the lineage of this superb local bird.