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Belgian d'Uccle


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.


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. 


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.


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.


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!


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.


Pros: Very affectionate, calm, good with my kids. And so Docile.

Cons: Loves to be inside my house where it's nice n fresh. Gonna have to buy him a diaper. Lol


Pros: Very sweet, gentle, smart, pretty to look at

Cons: ESCAPE ARTISTS, mediocre layers

Got a single d'Uccle in my flock and I LOVE her! Coreen is the sweetest little pullet, and I do mean little! By far the smallest of my four chickens. Super gentle, even when she's pecking you, and she loves to be pet and talked to. Very quiet breed, my grandfather-in-law gifted her to us from his flock and mentioned that the sweetness and quiet comes with a downside of low egg production. They're also very quick and can avoid more aggressive breeds in the flock.


One big issue I have with this breed is that no matter how secure your run is, no matter how much you try, they will ALWAYS find a way to escape! I can't tell you how many times Coreen has gotten out. We have to lock the gate of the run because one time she flew up and opened the gate! It's a seven foot fence! Luckily they don't go far and are easily caught.


That being said, I highly recommend this breed if you want a good pet chicken. Not great meat or laying birds but I do so love this breed and plan on getting another.


Pros: Small breed for the suburbian home, great foragers, eat very little, quiet roosters, amazing plumage, variety of colours, funny to watch, quick to sex

Cons: A bit small that goshawks kill them even as adults, a bit slow to run away from predators, feathered shanks/feet get muddy and break easily.

I have wanted this breed for years. Ever since I went to a lady's house to buy a mixed doz fertile eggs and saw her one singular millie fluer d'uccle hen. She only had the one but I had never seen one before, and considering I live in a very small poultry community it really sparked my interest.


I searched for ages locally for a breeder, no one really knew what they were or had crosses (generally with silkies or pekins) so I took to buying online. Finially found a few breeders and got some eggs sent up to hatch. Hatched nearly the lot and got all hens but 3, which is great for me since I have so many chickens as it is and live in suburbia. When they started crowing, it was so quiet and kind of comical. They haven't gotten much louder and I seriously can't hear them with the house all closed up; my bobwhite quails calling is waaaaay louder. Videos on of this breed show that they can indeed get quite....shrill and loud, but mine are pretty good. Must just depend on the individual bird, however this is just my own point of veiw and experience.


The chicks are adorable when they first hatch. They are like fat faced little penguins and they only keep getting cuter. I found that within 2 weeks you could single out the obvious boys however one of them took a little longer to show that he was male, as his comb was a little slower to develop than the other two (and he's the best boy out of the three). I got a huge variety of colours just from one breeder alone, with a couple being peculiar mixed colours: quail x milliefluer being the main mix I've noticed, which is basically a quail coloured d'uccle with a few white spots all over.


I love watching them walk on the grass because they look like they are wearing huge swimming flippers when they are walking, or that they are worried they'll step in poop. They always stick with their own little group which I think is safer considering how small they are. I have not lost one yet by a hawk but I have defiantly seen them being swooped at by them, and they usually huddle up and head for the closest cover while the bigger poultry scare the hawk(s) away. My new puppy would also pick on them particularily because they were small and slow, but I sorted that out pretty quick by moving the dog to another area where she couldn't get the d'uccles. My bigger breeds will pick on them if they can, but they seem to not really mind. As an owner of poultry, I just have learned to feed at different stations so everyone gets a chance of a feed, rather than dumping food all in the one spot for the greedy chickens to hog out.

They are so easy to tame as well, and with their cute, funny appearence I can see how along with pekins, that they would be great for kids. I didn't handle mine at all until 4 months old and it took just a few mealworms to gain their trust. Now they circle my feet like little fluffy sharks. I also like that they will forage all day. I feed my birds a big pot of mash in the morning to which my birds will demolish quite quickly, and always have pellets in a dispenser that they can access at anytime. However the d'uccles will have some mash, pick at the pellets and just hang out in the garden for the rest of the day. Defiantly love their bugs. The roosters seem to be most exceptionally friendly in my lot, which is a nice change from some of the grumpy roos I've owned in the past.


One problem I have come across with the breed however is the fluffy legs. I've had feathered shanked birds before with faverolles, marans, silkies and pekins, however the Belgians are just the next level up. These legs are like wings they drag across the ground. I am yet to decide if i should try showing mine, but they seem to break their feathery quills from just regular free ranging so it might be a risky move since I am new to the show scene and have only entered Leghorns seriously before. They would definatly make one feel quite accomplished if they won however, as they seem to be quite high maintenance if one wants to perform at the top. Regardless, the fluffy legs is what drew me to the breed anyway, I love them.


Visitors love them. Usually they laugh at them, and question why the hell I want to keep a tiny chicken, but most people love them. I don't care much for the eggs, so I'm not judging them upon that aspect. I just wanted them purely for looks. If I wanted smaller egg machines, I would be reveiwing hamburgs. Though laying is pretty decent, I just let them hatch their own eggs, which they are incredibly good at. Top broodies, they just can't help themselves.


Belgian d'Uccle

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.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
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
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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