The word 'géline' comes from 'galina', the Latin for 'hen'. In the mid-19th century people referred to the 'old black hen of Touraine' or more commonly the 'Touraine black' when speaking about a large black chook widely raised in the area. Up to the 1870s the 'Touraine black' (la noire de Touraine) was seen all over the southern Touraine and in part of Berry. The breed made the markets of Ste Maure, Montbazon and Loches famous, with more than 60 000 chickens and a huge number of eggs sold each year.
Géline de Touraine chicks in a brooder.
A Géline de Touraine hen.UAGT) was created with the aim of promoting, developing and preserving the breed, as well as the Touraine goose and the Touraine grey rabbit.
A Géline de Touraine rooster.