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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
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.
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.
Pros - BEAUTIFUL, friendly, docile, sweet and so cute!
Cons - bottom of pecking order, like to roost up high, not very hardy
We've had several over the years. We've gotten most of them when they were teenagers and had terrible luck. They were all roosters except one who died from speculated Mareks disease (we didn't have her then, but her brother died from it so I guess she got it too). They were flighty, only because we didn't bond with them enough. But, the two hens we have gotten as adults(at different times) were both sweetie pies once tamed. A bit shy, and fragile but also very friendly, docile and love cuddles, they don't mind being held. Neither laid extremely well, but One thing that's so cute, is that neither of them clucked. They made a high peep/chirping sound their entire lives.
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 - 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 - 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 Youtube.com 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.
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.
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 - 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.