Proposed Breed Standard of American Bresse

Our Breed Standard is a work in progress and has not been finalized. If you have feedback on it, please reach out! Over the past year we have been listening and observing in order to get it right! Below is what we have so far.

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Points to consider

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American Bresse Project Standard – White

Classification: Continental

 

Medium sized fowl, long body, elegant, alert, fine boned, thin white skinned. The goal is to improve the type of the egg layer and flesh qualities. All body features balanced in size and proportions with strong fleshing down the keel line.

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Arcadian

Orchard

This cockerel is showing a LOT of width (too much) and his legs come straight down from his body.

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Arcadian

Orchard

This pullet is showing a lot of body capacity and good, balanced angles to her structure.

Serious Defects

Squirrel tail, body too narrow, under sized, erect female comb, falling over/twisted male comb or poorly developed male comb, split wing, knock knees, white in the face, bent toes, straw coloring, light colored legs in the female, poor fleshing.

 

General characteristics, Male

Weight: 7.5 -8.5lbs Cock; 6.5-7.5 Cockerel

Body: Well built, long, slightly upright in carriage

Neck: Short, neck hackle full of long, thin feathers

Back: Broad, quite long, slightly inclined downward to the tail

Shoulders: Broad

Wings: Carried upright and straight, tightly closed, close to the body.

Saddle: Well developed

Tail: Full, well developed main tail, carried at 45 degrees

Breast: Full and prominent

Abdomen: Well developed with depth

Head: Moderately short and fine

Face: Red, smooth

Comb: Red, single, straight, medium sized, fine texture, triangular serration, blade far from neck

Wattles: Red, medium size, smooth and fine texture

Ear Lobes: White, medium sized, almond shaped, margin of red permissible

Eyes: Yellow to brown, the darker desired

Beak: Moderately long and stout. Bluish white

Thighs: Balanced to size and visible in shape

Legs: Slate Blue, fine, medium, free from feathers, coming straight down from body. Pinkish blue permissible

Toes: 4, straight

Plumage: Close fitting, white

General Characteristics, Female

Weight: 5.5 -6.5lbs Hen; 4.5-5.5 Pullet

Body: Well built, long, level in carriage

Neck: Short, rounded hackle feathers

Back: Broad, quite long, level to the tail

Shoulders: Broad, balanced to body size

Wings: Carried upright and straight, tightly closed, close to the body.

Saddle: Rounded feathers, no cushion

Tail: Full, well developed main tail, carried at 45 degrees and slightly spread

Breast: Full and prominent

Abdomen: Well developed with depth

Head: Moderately short and fine

Face: Red, smooth

Comb: Red, single, dipped to the side 50% back from front, fine texture, triangular serration

Wattles: Red, medium size, smooth and fine texture

Ear Lobes: White, medium sized, almond shaped, bluish white permissible

Eyes: Yellow to brown, the darker desired

Beak: Moderately long and stout. Bluish white

Thighs: Balanced to size and visible in shape

Legs: Slate Blue, fine, medium, free from feathers, coming straight down from body.

Toes: 4, straight

Plumage: Close fitting, white