Pros: Great foragers, non-aggressive, non-broody, strikingly beautiful, intelligent, child friendly, not too big/not too small, low maintenance, hardy

Cons: Very rare, difficult to find excellent specimens, a work in progress-but well worth it

I have had the pleasure of having a flock of Brabanters for several years now. I can not say enough good things about these intelligent chickens. Not one has fallen ill on me. Some hens are four years old and still laying well. Very friendly and follow me throughout the day when I am doing chores. They keep a great look out for predators and have the smarts to get away. They forage on the bluffs throughout most of the day and afternoon. The hens keep me in constant supply of editable eggs. I am happy to be able to provide hatching eggs and occasionally chicks, sub-adults and adults.

Let me add; The ONLY roosters no problem selling locally for $15 or $20 a piece, just because they are "so pretty"! That says something about their statuesque grandeur that make them so visually stunning.

I consider the Brabanter here in the USA to be a work in progress as flaws and DQ are going to pop up. I strive mostly for correct spangles, body confirmation, size, muff and beard, and personality. Flaw I see most in mine is the presence of too much crest. I know it is not desired as the standard but it is awful cute on a hen. Culling is crucial if your going to raise this breed to perfection. It is very easy to find homes for the culls.

The flaws I see most, not in my flock so much but others, is; lack of muff, crest and/or beard, lacing, irregular cream color, too much black, small in size and flighty/spastic around their keeper(s).

If you have a passion for poultry and like a breed that is easy to care for please considering having a flock of these wonderful birds and help preserve the Brabanter and lets get a standard set  for breed.



Pros: Good layers, good personalities, good foragers

Cons: Good Brabanters are hard to find

These are not lap chickens, but they are friendly and curious. They have to be in the middle of whatever I am doing.


I take it back. A couple of mine have become lap chickens.


Pros: Healthy, alert, intellegent, good free range bird.

Cons: I think they look silly.

I live in a climate that has really harsh winters, and I allow my birds to free range over two acres. We sell eggs, and our customers love a rainbow of eggs, but new customers seem to be easier to break into farm fresh eggs if the shells are white (too used to the grocery store fare). So, we've been looking for an alternative to the leghorn for good production of white shelled eggs. This bird is it! No comb, hardly a wattle, smart, observant, healthy medium sized little wonders! I'm not one for looks of birds first- I'd rather have plain birds that do all of what this bird does. The fanciness doesn't concern me much- although the tophat thingy on them is pretty silly. We call ours "Misses T's" because they look like Mr T. 


Pros: So,so sweet! Lays on my chest to sleep

Cons: Has been a little poorly since bith requiring TLC

I just love my cream brabanter, Loretta. She is my most favorite bird of all. Very sweet and loving, loves to be handled and talked to. Would highly recommend.


Pros: Gentle, Friendly

Cons: none

Great chickens since there are plenty of kids around during the holidays.  I love these guys and want more!


Pros: Good layer, great pesonality, docile and smart!

Cons: Can be timid and easily spooked

She never laid for me last year, but started up Jan/12 laying an average of 5-6 a week since! Beautiful white eggs of decent size, should know more as we get into summer. A little skittish, but has survived a coyote attack and 2 hawk attacks (1 cost her a set of tailfeathers and the other dropped her outside of our fence!). Is on the low end of the roost. Very chatty. Smart, comes to door for treats!


Pros: Beautiful, friendly, sweet.

Cons: NONE

I have had about 20-25 different chicken breeds and the Brabanter is my favorite by far. She is SO sweet and always follows me around. Very friendly and always squats for me.  She is so beautiful as well. Love my Dottie!



Pros: Nice to look at.

Cons: A little crazy.

*Mine came from Ideal hatchery, so they were not the best specimens of the breed*


One managed to some how drown itself at about 2 months of age while the others all vanished one day. The short while I had them they were the most flighty and brainless birds I've owned.


Pros: Lovely color

With several comments about finding it hard to obtain good quality Brabanters, has anyone purchased from Sandhill? Where have you found good quality stock? If our town changes it's regs, this is the breed I'd like to own again.


Pros: Beautiful colors

Cons: Must have got the rare aggressive one??

A friend bought a quad of Brabanter chicks and while the colors are strikingly beautiful, she had to name the rooster "Savage" as that is exactly what he is!  Have helped her with chicken chores before and had to use a stick to keep him away from flogging my face!!  Hens very friendly but watch out for the temperamental roosters!


The Standard lists the Netherlands as the Brabanter’s Country of origin; however, other literature states that this could be an ancient breed dating back further than these claims suggest. There are paintings from the 16th and 17th centuries that show birds very similar to Brabanters. Around the beginning of the 20th century they were nearly extinct in the Netherlands, but were recreated from different German breeds. This breed is closely related to Owl Beards and has been crossed with them for the breed’s survival in the past. While they are Ornamental they are also bred for their production of white eggs, which they lay fairly regularly. Their eggs can be white white or slightly tinted. The American Poultry Association has not yet recognized Cream and Gold Brabanters as a Standard Breed of Fowl.

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeLarge
Egg ColorWhite
Breed TemperamentFriendly,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Shy
Breed Colors/VarietiesIn the US: Cream and Gold Outside of US: Self-Black, White, Blue-Laced, Cuckoo, Golden Black Half-Moon Spangled, Silver Black Half-Moon Spangled, Yellow White Half-Moon Spangled, Golden Blue Half-Moon Spangled, and Lavender.
Breed SizeLarge Fowl
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: V-Shaped
Broodiness: Seldom
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Large
Egg Color: White

Breed Temperament:

Friendly,Flighty,Bears confinement well,Shy

Breed Colors / Varieties:

In the US: Cream and Gold Outside of US: Self-Black, White, Blue-Laced, Cuckoo, Golden Black Half-Moon Spangled, Silver Black Half-Moon Spangled, Yellow White Half-Moon Spangled, Golden Blue Half-Moon Spangled, and Lavender.

Breed Details:

I have found Brabanters to be a very friendly breed as well as an excellent egg layer. However, they can be flighty unless handled regularly and are somewhat difficult to really tame. They are active foragers, and are not as vulnerable to predators while ranging as many other crested fowl are. Their crest is tight and points forward, which does not block their vision. Along with their crest they have muffs and a beard. {I would like to thank HandH Poultry for providing info for this page}