La Fleche Chicken (Devil Bird)

Native to France. It is a rare French breed of dual-purpose domestic chicken. It originates from the Sarthe département, and is named for the town and commune of La Flèche. In French, “la fleche” translates to “the arrow.” The La Fleche chicken is listed as critical by The Livestock Conservancy.


They are reputed to be a wilder breed that avoids human contact, as well as a good flyer that likes to roost in trees. They are not a cold hardy chicken and having a heat source and/or shelter will help keep them safe in winter months.


The La Fleche has very specific features that make it stand out. The fowl has red wattles with white earlobes. It also possess a v-shaped comb that appears in the shape of an arrow. Hens may lay about 180 white eggs per year.


They are omnivores and enjoy a variety of fruits, vegetables, grains and even table scraps. They will eat (or try to eat) just about anything they can get their beaks on.

La Fleche Chicken (Devil Bird)