Like the Leghorn, the Gâtinaise has immaculate white plumage, orange eyes, a slightly pink beak, and a red crest. The only physical difference with its cousin from Aquitaine is that the Gâtinaise has a denser feathery tail. Its mumps is smooth and red; its tarsi are long, thin, and white.
Plumage: immaculate white, dense
Eyes: Orange iris
Beak: Orange iris
Crest: red, relatively thick, and composed of 5 to 7 teeth
Chest: broad and well developed
Mumps: red and smooth, oval
Tarsi: red and soft, oval in shape
Behavior and character
The Gâtinaise is one of the most affectionate hens. She tends to behave like a pet. This casserole has no apprehension vis-à-vis the man so that even the little ones can spend beautiful moments in his company without fear. She can also cohabit with other hens of different breeds and other barnyard animals.
Gâtinais hens are good at laying white eggs weighing 60 g or more. They produce a respectable number (170 eggs per year on average), even during part of the winter. The Gâtinaise is a prominent incubator, so be sure to collect the eggs regularly, especially if you also have a rooster.