According to reports, an effort is under way to save an authentic Canadian chicken from extinction. Three Quebec egg and poultry producers plan to launch the historic bird into commercial production.

A chicken once believed to be extinct, the Chantecler is alive in small numbers in Quebec. A monk created the breed in an effort to crossbreed a chicken resistant to the cold weather. The bird became a cultural symbol for the province.

The breed waned in popularity as faster growing chickens, which produced more eggs, overtook it.

It is predicted that the distinctively flavored Chantecler chicken will create a niche in the specialized market.