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Belgian d'Uccle

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Pros: Cute, sweet, fun, pretty, lovable, and a true bantam.

These chickens are so nice, and they are real lap chickens!

I have one that's the bottom of the pecking order and whenever she gets chased or pecked she'll come running to me!

She loves to be snuggled! Unfortunately she is too scared too eat on her own so I have to hand feed her.

And she goes through phases where she won't eat a certain type of food for a few days ,and a lot of the foods the other chickens love, she won't eat.

After a while of me being gone she'll come looking for me.

Here are a few picks of her:

Her name is Millie!

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Pros: Super sweet, love to cuddle, friendly, and cute.

Cons: Like to roost in trees, not the greatest layers, hard to show because of feathered legs.

I love this breed! I would definitely recommend them for pet chickens! There one of the few breeds of chickens that like to cuddle. I also love them because there soooo cute!! I'm not the biggest fan of the feathered legs because it's hard to show those kind of birds, there not the greatest layers, and they like to roost in trees.

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Pros: Amazingly large eggs for a little bird; very gentle; tolerates being held; incredibly beautiful; seldom fight; love the foot feathers; quiet

Cons: Will not outrun predators; tends to get lice in foot feathers without regular care

If it comes to me owning only one breed, this is it!  They are gentle, quiet, sweet birds that lay a large egg for a very small bird.  There are many colors though all have spots (the main characteristic of the breed).  I cannot love any color more than the caramel color of the Mille Fleurs!  I have had other colors, but in my opinion, they pale to the colors of the Mille Fleur.  I do also like the Porcelain and a few of the others, but the Mille Fleur took my heart.

 

I have nothing negative to say except they are not good flyers, and they are not predator safe.  If a predator gets in, you are likely to have dead birds.  The roosters are beautiful, but they are not good at protecting the hens mainly, in my opinion, because they are incredibly gentle and sweet.  They do not expect anything to be unkind to them so predators are not a possibility in their world.  The hens and roosters live together in harmony. 

 

I love these birds!  I have owned these birds for about 7 years, and I hope to own them for as long as I live.  I love my other birds too (Appenzeller Spitzhauben (purchased on and off for 3-5 years--just have been unlucky with keeping the few I have owned), Silver Pencil Plymouth Rock (owned on and off for 20 years), Buff Orpington (have had for a year), Lavender Ameraucanas (owned Ameraucanas for about 7 years), but my D'Uccles are my favorite to date.  They have been for nearly ten years, and I doubt the others will take their place as #1.

 

If you're considering getting them, you should absolutely love them.  I purchased mine from a breeder who has had them for decades, and I am thrilled with these beautiful birds.  The ones I own lay an egg that is about 2/3 the size of a Plymouth Rock, and that's a pretty good sized egg for a little bird.  They are also very consistent layers, and lay an egg about once every 2-3 days, so own a bunch of them!  You will love them!

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Pros: Very smart, come in many colors, not aggresive and active

Cons: N/A so far

I love my d'Uccles! They come in a massive variety of colors, even my poorest bred hatchery strain turned out pretty and did I mention how SMART these little ones are! They are quite, easy keepers that use their agile nature to figure things out long before the remainder of the flock does. As chicks they are the first to eat and drink, discover the best perch spots and still be as sweet as buttons to other chickens of all types. I can see how some d'Uccle can be targets for agro breeds but mine are just too fast and smart for boss hens. While I would love to see them in a large fowl form, their small size makes them pretty little scamps. 

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Pros: Beautiful, Sweet, Wonderful Broodies, Small, Good Layers, Roosters Are Amazing, Rooster seldom crows and when he does he is pretty quite .

Cons: None Really

I bought a trio of almost full grown Mille Fluer D'uccles last fall. Both hens have laid eggs, went broody, and hatched chicks. They are excellent mothers. One of the hens just started back laying and the rooster actually made her a nest and waited for her to lay her egg . She started laying 4 days ago and so far I have gotten 4 eggs from her. They are very consistent layers! Their eggs are small but duh they are bantams. The rooster is also very quite when it comes to crowing.

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Pros: Very Friendly and curious bird

Cons: Not very assertive and likley to be bullied in a mixed flock

D'uccles are friendly and curious and always run up to see what you are doing and if you have any food. Docile and easily handled, seems to be a decent (everyday to every other day) layer for a bantam. Also crazy smart - I even have one that has learned the "out" command when I point at a door and tell her. The only negative I could see is that they are not very assertive when it comes to other chickens. They can be bullied even by the tiniest bantams such as seramas so be cautious in a mixed flock to make sure they are not getting feathers pulled out and such.

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Pros: Friendly toward people, beautiful chickens, quick-witted and intelligent

Cons: Aggressive towards other chickens

I have two little hens and they are lovely, every time I walk into my yard they come running over towards me.they don't bite and are great with children. Mine are very quick-witted and are always alert. They are EXCELLENT flyers and sometime fly over our house. This however could be good or bad for some people especially if you have neighbours. The only con about them is that they can be aggressive towards other chickens and surprisingly, mine are the leaders of the flock. They didn't react to well when we brought other chickens into our flock and gave them a hard time. Over all though, they are great friendly chickens with big personalities.

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Pros: Sweet, docile, friendly, calm, good plumage, colourful personality's

Cons: good at flying, prone to predation, sometimes loud, small eggs

Defiantly my favorite breed, they are sweet and easy to handle. Recommended for beginners due to small size, bright personality & loving nature.My lil' ones get along well with other animals & don't mind dogsThey are mutual acquaintances with Cloe the rabbit :), their relationship is progressing, a lot less hostile! :D

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Pros: sweet personality, loves to snuggle, very friendly, doesn't hurt the hens

Cons: none!

I acquired my D'uccle boy by accident; he was young when we bought him, and looked just like a hen!  We were very surprised when he started crowing two days later, and posted an ad to sell him (we didn't want any roosters with our girls).  As the days went by, we fell more and more in love with him, and took the ad down.  I'm glad we did!  He is such a sweetheart, always jumping up on my lap when I'm reading or watching TV (he's an inside chicken).  He is completely relaxed whenever I pick him up, and even falls asleep in my arms if I hold him for a while.

I definitely recommend this breed to anyone looking for a pet chicken. 

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Pros: Beautiful coloration, friendly, comical

Cons: rather timid around LF

We have four Mille Fleur d'Uccle's. We raised them from chicks and handled them a lot.
It has paid off in that we have four of the friendliest yard ornaments you would want.

We wound up with two boys and two girls. The two boys get along well, but they are still young at three months.
They all eat out my hand (they LOVE grapes and hotdogs), but one girl holds back until she sees the others pigging out.
They chatter a lot and follow you everywhere. The boys are NOT aggressive, but they are not mounting the girls yet. Time will tell.
The boys loud voice is very high pitched, so I'm glad we don't have nearby neighbors.
They jump the hotwire fence to avoid the big chickens and hang out under a row of Leyland Cypress trees all day.
While they do get in the three raised garden beds, we hardly notice where they scratch. They keep the bugs under control.
In the evening we sit on the patio and they all come up and beg for treats. They have us trained.
The dominant Mille rooster had a confrontation with our flockmaster Barred Rock. (David vs. Goliath) They ran up to each other, bumped chests, flaired capes,
then stared at each other, turned and went their separate ways. I call it a draw. They seem to have forgotten the incident and now ignore each other.

We love these little birds and hope to hatch some next spring.
Belgian d'Uccle
Description:

This breed was developed in Belgium by Michel Van Gelder, a fancier who lived in the small town of Uccle. He crossed the Bearded D'Anver with feather footed bantams in an attempt to get a booted bird with low posture, a compact and asymmetrical body, a full beard, and a single comb.

Details:
DetailValue
Breed PurposeOrnamental
CombSingle
BroodinessAverage
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile
Breed Colors/VarietiesMille Fleur, Black, Porcelain, Golden Neck, Mottled, Self Blue, White
Breed SizeBantam
APA/ABA ClassContinental
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Single
Broodiness: Average
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Flighty,Easily handled,Calm,Bears confinement well,Docile

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Mille Fleur, Black, Porcelain, Golden Neck, Mottled, Self Blue, White

Breed Details:

Belgian D'uccles have very good dispositions, being both very friendly and calm. They can be flightly so they may need a tall fence to keep them in the yard. D'uccles are very good foragers and will do well free ranging. The hens will go broody and are very good mothers, but will produce few chicks in a clutch because they cannot cover more than a few eggs.

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