The breed is quite new to the United States and Canada, having been imported only in 2011. If you’re hearing about this breed for the very first time, that may be why.
It is hard to keep secret a breed this cool and useful!
American Bresse chickens are a striking red, white and blue.
Roosters have large, shockingly red single combs and wattles contrasting sharply with their all-white feathers. The legs provide the blue, ranging in color from quite bluish to a darker steel gray.
Those first French chicken farmers may have been quite patriotic. Whether by accident or by design, Bresse chicken coloration is now proudly said to represent the blue, white, and red of the French flag.
Interesting for American Bresse breeders is that the United States flag is, very conveniently, also red, white and blue.
While American Bresse are most commonly found in all-white plumage, nevertheless blue, black, grey (silver penciled), and splash varieties also exist. All have blue to steel-gray legs.
Surely it is evident that the French were not going to just sell to anyone their very best Bresse stock?
Eleven years is the longest any breeders in the United States have been breeding American Bresse specifically. That is why great opportunity exists to further improve this breed, and Ambresse.com is here to help, as much as possible.
American Bresse Chicken Breeders
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Ambresse.com presents the history and background of the French Bresse Chicken, the source of the American Bresse chicken. This helps provide a sense of where the breed has been and where it is going. We hope you will join us on the journey!
Ambresse.com supports the American Bresse Breed Club, which as of early 2023 is perhaps just months away from becoming an active organization. Progress! The American Bresse Breed Club website is established. The Breed Club is the keeper of a draft standard of perfection for the American Bresse breed, drafted in February, 2022 in collaboration with a core group of dedicated American Bresse breeders. It is closely modeled after the French Standard of Perfection, other than specifications for size, and will help guide both American and Canadian breeding choices.
Because the breed is relatively new in North America, it needs a standard, and breeders willing to dedicate themselves to improving their flock. With concerted and joint efforts, the breed will thrive here in America.
Feel free to bookmark this website and check back here as frequently as you like! We’ll direct you to the club details as soon as they become available.
It provides details about genetic information that is specific to the American Bresse breed.
It maintains an American Bresse breeder directory. By working together we can continue the journey toward enhancing and perfecting the American Bresse breed on this side of the Atlantic.
It will provide guidance on best practices for selective breeding. I love that the American Bresse breed already benefits humanity in multiple ways, but there is always room for improvement, for example, to improve body structure or growth efficiency, or to eliminate genetic problems as they crop up.
It will offer a marketplace to American Bresse breeders. They will have opportunity to list American Bresse related items that they might have available, such as eggs, hatching eggs, breeding stock, meat, even manure, etc.
It will detail husbandry practices that are partially or mostly specific to the American Bresse breed. For example, an American Bresse market bird will become an excellent market bird after a degree of "finishing" is applied. We can even offer you a finishing recipe! We'll give you the full scoop on how to produce a meat bird that will satisfy the finest chef. But of course, how much finishing you wish to do is completely up to you.
American Bresse chickens originated directly from French Bresse chickens in the Bresse province of France (pictured), which have been raised by the French people for at least 500 years, and no doubt quite a bit longer.
The year 1591 marks the first known recognition in the historical record of "Bresse" chickens.
The first French Bresse chicken imports arrived in the United States in 2011. Legal controls around the use of the name "Bresse" outside of the tiny Bresse region in France necessitated modifications to the breed name in North America. Here, the breed is currently called American Bresse. They are virtually identical genetically to Bresse chickens in France.
There is much more breed history and details on the French Bresse Chicken History page.
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