Our experience with Crevecoeur fowls during the past year having been solicited from many parties, we present it in this form.

On February 19, 1867, we received from Europe two cocks and six hens, and on March 25 two mare hens. One of these last was sick when received, and died on April 2. The first egg was taken in March 4.

On the 20th of the same month we com menced an accurate account of the number of eggs received daily. At that time we were taking in four eggs per day. On September 20 - six months - we footed up the account, and had received 1,084 eggs, or an average of nearly six eggs per day for six months. During the next month - to October 20 - we received 155 eggs, and from that time to November 20, 71 eggs, making a total of 1,310, of which an account was kept. During the early part of March we probably took in 25 eggs, and after Nov. 20 about 40 more, which would make the entire number laid during the year, or, rather, in nine months, 1,375 - an average of almost 200 eggs per hen.

Crevecaur Fowls.

Fig. 38. - Crevecaur Fowls.

Drawn from Life, from Fowls Imported by A. M. Halstbd, Rye, N. Y.

During the whole season, not one of the hens showed the least disposition to sit; and but one was sick, which was from the breakage of an egg in the ovary, and was cured in about ten days.

Daring the past severe weather of this winter the fowls have had no more protection than our Brahmas, Cochins, Games, and other fowls, and seem to have borne the cold weather better than all, except the Cochins, Games, and Houdans, all of which seem about equally hardy.

We had been told that the Crevecceurs were especially tender in this country at the age of six months, and would be almost certain to die off at about that age; but were pleased to find that our fears were groundless. We have lost but one fowl since they were four months old, and attribute that as much to neglect as sickness.

As to their table qualities, we can speak only from hearsay. Those who have tried them here, and friends and relatives who have tried them in Europe, pronounce them superior to anything of the poultry kind ever before eaten. In regard to the eggs, we can speak. There is a peculiar fineness of grain and delicacy of flavor found in no other egg. We have repeatedly had them poached, with other varieties on the same dish, and could invariably tell the Crevecoeur from any and all other varieties by the taste alone.

The eggs are very large, and shell rather inclined to be thin, as is generally the case with pure-bred fowls. The fowls themselves are large and handsome, and are an ornament to any poultry yard, as well as being of great utility. We append a brief description, plumage, etc.

Plumage, brilliant black, sometimes a little golden or silver tinged; a large and beautiful crest; large two-horned comb, sometimes toothed; close and thick beard, and handsome pendant wattles of a brilliant red color. The neck is of medium length, well arched, and covered with a very thick glossy hackle. The legs are black or slate color, short, and free from feathers. The thighs are large and fleshy, supporting a long and square body, with a broad, full breast, and rather large, closely-set wings; the tail is full and well sickled, altogether giving them a very upright, handsome carriage. They are very tame, ramble but little, and seem better contented at home than wandering afar off. They are great layers, eggs are very large, and they continue laying a long time. They mature very early, and are fit for the table at three and four months old; frequently weighing 6 lbs. when well fatted. Non-sitters.