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Mille Fleur Bantam

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Pros: Small size, good broodies, beautiful feathers, can sometimes be very friendly

Cons: Highly aggressive roosters

We've had these chickens for years. We love the hens. Roosters... it depends. The first three roosters we purchased somehow turned out to all be very, very aggressive toward us. I took to carrying a stick outside with me, and we named them Hitler, Stalin, and Robespierre. big_smile.png

However, the roosters we've had since then have been on the other end of the spectrum: still very unfriendly, but they're just plain scared of us. None of them have attacked us, as far as I can remember.

As for the hens, I would recommend them as pets. We had one hen who was really great. The rest are scared of us, but they're definitely sweeter than some of the other breeds we have.

All in all, I would definitely say that these birds, especially the roosters, can be gorgeous, and if you want a lawn ornament, this could be the breed for you. You may have to risk having an evil rooster, but you may just turn out with a great rooster instead. The hens are good overall. Their eggs, however, are pretty small and are a very light brown color.

And yes, I would like to continue raising this breed.

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Pros: I own one female and she is by FAR my favorate out of all 20 of my birds. Love to be held.

Cons: She is so effectionate to the point of endangering herself by being too underfoot.

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Pros: Friendly, sociable, curious.

Cons: Not a good layer, and eggs are small.

I have 1 Mille Fleur hen, and she is one of the most friendliest chickens in my flock. She is very friendly and will stay on my lap as long as I let her She is not a good egg layer of tiny white eggs, and her eggs are a weird shape, a regular egg figure with a slight depression in the middle. I'm not sure about the temperament of roosters, but they are said to be aggressive. I do know they are very loud, so I wouldn't recommend having a d'Uccle bantam rooster with neighbors around. I would recommend the hens of this breed to people who don't need a good egg layer, but want a lap chicken.

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Pros: She is amazingly sweet, so pretty

Cons: you will want 200 of these!

Lucy is my little buddy ever since she was 2 days old, I have absolutely no complaints, well she likes to play king of the Water Bottle and knock everyone elses water out daily, but she is super sweet, friendly, highly recommended.

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Pros: Small size, Easy to take care of, Great show birds, Very pretty.

Cons: small eggs, not winter-hardy

(Above) This is Apollo! My Grand Champion Mille Fleur Rooster...

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Pros: Feathered Feet, Loves attention, Smart, Quiet, Cute and ADORABLE!

Cons: Stubborn... Thats it.

My baby girl is quite the stubborn Hen, But is my best friend. If I don't pay attention to her right away she gets stubborn and jumps on my back. When I set her down she looks up at me and acts like her leg is broken so I pick her up again. She is so sweet and doesn't like being put down. She is a lap Hen. She would do so well as a house Hen. 

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Pros: Cute Factor, tiny crow, beautiful colors and feathered feet

Cons: agressively stubborn

I have a 5 month cockerel named Mr Sassy Pants. He shuffles when he walks because of the feathered feet. He likes to fly high (over 5-6 feet) to avoid trouble with the other hens. His mate is a Cochin Bantam that he watches over carefully, like he should. Every once in awhile, as I am turning away to feed the other chickens or when I am crouched down, I feel something tap me. I turn, and always see Mr Sassy Pants, side shuffling away and coming around for seconds. I don't really know if he just wants my attention or he's up for a challenge. I've taken him to task several times and chased him around the yard, hit him with a dried out sunflower stalk, held him for half an hour, upside down, let the others peck at him, kept his head pushed in the dirt, all this to prove I am the Alpha male. Even my Auricuana Rooster knows better than to challenge me. So, in a few days, he avoids me, and then...as I am feeding the others, I feel a tap on my leg. LMAO At least he's not a danger to me. I'd probably die of a cuteness overload before he actually hurts me. But when I actually have my 11yo nephew over, I arm my nephew with a broom and give him full permission to use deadly force, which is just playing kickball with the guy should he start tapping and side shuffling at him. Why do I put up with him? He's doing what I expect of my roosters. My big rooster tried to attack me when I was disciplining Mr Sassy Pants. At the moment, he only has one other bantam to look after and he's doing a fine job. If he attacks any of his babies, he's going to make a fine feathered neck dress. He looks almost like the icon but more black tailing and feathering is prettier. I love his little crowing when the egg song comes on. He really tries to challenge everyone on the range but chickens out at the last minute. They are starting to bond with his lady friend but still punk him when it comes time for eating.

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Pros: Friendly, beautiful, lay nice light brown eggs 5 days a week

Cons: Feathered feet are hard to care for in rainy months

I had a hen of this breed for a companion to my silkie hen. Bob was the name of my Mille bantam. Bob was VERY friendly and always greeted me when i came out of the door in the morning and followed me around. Always greeted me at my car door when I pull up in the drive. She also would set on my lap and loved to eat string cheese, I would hold a piece in my lips and she would grab it. No fear of humans at all.

She lay nice light brown eggs 5 days a week.

Was a great companion for my silkie.

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Pros: Friendly, gorgeous coloration talkative, cute little eggs,

Cons: none - don't own roosters

 We are new to the world of the Mille Fleur d'Uccles but I absolutely love them!  They are so talkative and friendly I will always have them in my flock. I have three: Lilly, Rose and Daisy and they live with my three Silkie pullets and my blind Rhode Island Red hen Yuna. 

 

Lilly especially, hears me coming from across the yards, and starts her distinctive little cackle and greets me at the gate to their run each day.  My heart swells with joy and I just love these little chickens covered with their "thousands of flowers".

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Pros: Roos are good foragers and protective of hens

Cons: Roos can be agressive for size and to people, can sometimes require special maintenance due to feathering

I have a bantam rooster who is a gorgeous little boy and is great with the hens. He is however a tad too aggresive with his buddy roo. He is a good forager and will call the hens over before he himself eats. He also is very protective of the hens and I am sure he would give his life to protect them. Since we have gotten hens for him ( they are mixed bantams) , he has slowly gotten progressive aggresive even toward us but not too bad. I actually enjoy having loving and sweet he can be when not in rooster mode. I have enjoyed my little rooster so much that I am investing in eggs so that he can have true to breed friends.. If the hens are like him without the aggression, I believe I will have fallen in love with a new breed ! He definitely is a handsom little bantam devil and I love the coloring on these guys !!! All in all, despite the aggresion, not at all a bad breed to have. With the feathered feet though they can sometimes require  a little extra maintenance as well.

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The Mille Fleur Bantam, is not classified as a breed becuase Mille Fleur refers to the color, but in my eyes it should be reconized as a breed, as they have different tendancies then other bantams. The Mille Fleurs I have are extremely broody and very sweet. The roosters tend to be not aggresive but a tad skiddish. The hens are wondeful mothers and are used to hatch other breeds eggs. They easily adopt other chicks aswell, if their mothers won't accept them.

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