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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: 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: Incredibly Sweet, a True Bantam, Happy With Being Around Humans

Cons: Can Be Easy Prey

I love my Belgian d'Uccle's. Unfortunately, I only have two since I wanted to try out a new bantam breed and didn't want to get a bunch since I didn't know if I'd like them. I regret not buying out the store while I had the chance! My little hen is the sweetest hen I've ever had. She loves attention and loves to just be around you. My d'Uccle's don't mind being picked up or handled and are very non-aggressive.  However, they don't seem to have a sense of fear. My hen also doesn't like to be confined and had to be moved to a completely closed in area.

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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: 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: friendly, easy to tame!

Cons: too docile to hold their own with aggressive breeds

I really LOVE d'Uccles!!!!!!! My favorite color is Golden Neck. We have had Golden Neck, Mille Fleur, Black Mottled, Self Blue, and Porcelain. All have the same sweet personality in my experience.

 

I first had some d'Uccles last year I think...or the year before. I sold them thinking that I would go back to large fowl, and ended up missing them so much that now we have ordered more from Welp Hatchery (where we bought them the first time). We are only ordering Mille Fleur, Golden Neck, and Porcelain this time.

 

They are so very docile. Even the roosters were not aggressive. They never seemed to want to free range with the other birds- they wanted to get to the feeders instead! That''s when I learned they were happier in a bantam-only pen. This might not be an issue with others, but at the time I had some very aggressive hens and they had a hard time getting to the feeders whenever they wanted.

 

So, they enjoy staying close to home (even after they filled their crops at the feeders), and can fly like a helicopter- straight up and hover!!! What is so interesting is that even though they could fly right over our fences, they didn't go far. They didn't want to come up to the house and mess up my bark nugget flowerbeds like the large fowl did when they got out.

 

I love to see them hopping along, raising their feet so high as they walk or run! They are just adorable and love interacting with humans. My children held them on their laps and they grew to enjoy that cuddle time, unlike some other breeds.

 

My favorite thing about them is that I wanted a breed where I didn't have to send away the roosters. I don't like to send away an animal that I have promised a home to by buying chicks. I know that I might need a rooster pen eventually, but these guys really don't eat much.

 

D'Uccles (I pronounce it "duh-ooh-cull" with the emphasis on oooh.) are so wonderful and are very pet-like. They are more like having a cat or dog. I tell my DH that it doesn't matter how many eggs we get or what size the eggs are (we have Orpingtons for eggs), because they have won my heart.

 

UPDATE: I have 5 d'Uccle roos now and one of them has done the wing dance for me. I am watching to see if I will have to get rid of him...I am giving him some time to see if he will show more aggression- then he is out of here. The other 4 roos are just so sweet.

 

Update again: I am getting rid of my roosters. 3 out of 5 have turned aggressive on me. Granted, they are only 10 inches high and they do try to make friends with me after they kick me. But I am not looking forward to dealing with spurs when they come in.

 

 

 

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Pros: Likes to have interaction, sits on laps, quite talker, doesnt turn up flower beds

Cons: They need a aviary as they are great flyers. No free ranging, or they will disappear.

I had a Porcelain Duccle pair a few years ago.  We started letting them out to free range.  One day we left to go into town and the Duccles were missing.  I now raise Mille Fleurs in a 20 by 50 foot wire mesh topped run with a small tree, grape vines and a huge shade tarp for relief during the summer.  I love this breed in all colors.  These cute little birds are very sweet pets.  If you sit with them you'll be surrounded by soft little purring birds wanting your attention.  There eggs ship really well to sell as hatching eggs.  I wish I could let them run free!  It would be so cute to see 30 of these birds running around the farm.  Give them lot's of things to jump on out in there run.  Add greens to there diet. 

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Pros: calm,gentle, good looks and good foragers

Cons: small eggs ( nothing more )

My experience with the breed is great. I have a Porcelain D'uccle named Almond she is probably the best chicken i've had  thought her personality doesn't meet up to breed  standards  " They say D'uccles will roost height and are very broody'' Almond has never been broody and does not like to roost height but otherwise has a great personality she loves attention. When she was little she was picked on but now she doesn't take that kinda treatment. Almond now comes to her name, helps in the garden to get the grubs out. she has also won grand champion bantam feather footed at the county fair. They also make great 4-H birds.

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Pros: BEAUTIFUL, friendly, docile, calm

Cons: bottom of pecking order, not very hardy, not good layer, roosters sometimes flighty, like to roost up high

We had one mille fleur d'Uccle whose name was Dolly. She did not mind being held and was super pretty and sweet. However, she died in the middle of winter of an unknown cause. We were able to get 5 more d'Uccles but one died and the others grew up to be all roosters. They were not very friendly however, and one pecked. We currently have a d'Uccle named Polly, also very sweet and comes running whenever she sees me or one of my sisters. She is absolutely spoiled with cracked corn and because she is mauled so much most of the attention goes to her and she is one of the friendliest. She is also at the bottom of the pecking order, and always is on a roosting bar when she is not free ranging. At night she prefers to sleep on her roosting bar instead of in the one in the hen house.

This year we were also lucky enough to get four d'Uccle chicks. One died from another unknown cause, maybe it was marek's, but the other three were very healthy. a young cockerel and pullet were once spooked by my dad's tractor and ended up on the top of our chicken coop. it took awhile for them to get back into their brooder. I know that i put quite a few cons for this breed, i still highly recommend this breed. they are totally worth it, and i hope to have a lot someday.

This is Dolly. In space.

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 ClassFeather Legged
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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