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Brabanter

Average User Rating:
4.25/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb:
    V-Shaped
    Broodiness:
    Seldom
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    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 GoldOutside 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 Size:
    Large Fowl
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    The Brabanter breed originated in the historic region of Brabant in the Netherlands. It is a very old breed, the oldest known image of one is in a painting of 1676 by the Dutch artist Melchior d'Hondecoeter. The breed quickly gained popularity, but became nearly extinct around the early 1900's, but were recreated from different German breeds.

    Black and Cuckoo Brabanters were shown at the first German poultry exhibition in Saxony, in 1854. A bantam variety of Brabanter was created in around 1934, by cross-breeding the standard-sized Brabanter with bearded bantams of the Polish breed.

    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.

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    Brabanter eggs

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    Brabanter chick

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    Brabanter juvenile

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    Brabanter hen

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    Brabanter rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-brabanter.1100952/
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  • 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}

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Recent User Reviews

  1. drumstick diva
    5/5,
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    I think they are beautiful birds.
  2. Arztwolf
    2/5,
    "Pretty but a little crazy."
    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.
    Overall:
    2
  3. pinusresinosa
    5/5,
    "A great breed for free ranging in cold..."
    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.
    Overall:
    5
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User Comments

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  1. XanderWiFi
    I have one that is my friendliest bird, and another that is my most neurotic bird. Lol wish they could meet in the middle as far as temperament.
  2. franksgreengirl
    In my quest to find a cold hardy, white egg layer, I found this review. I am sure my daughter will want to add this breed to our backyard quad of pullets. What an interesting look the brabanters have... Can't wait to learn more about them and look at getting one or two. Thanks for the lovely pictures.
  3. Sherlock Watson
    I have a gorgeous Gold Brabanter hen named river. She started out pretty aggressive and is now nothing but sweet. Love her.
  4. WVMHP
    We just got our first Gold Brabanter chicks. I'm also in a very hash climate and so happy to hear they do well! May I ask where you got your chicks?
  5. Bawk
    How is egg production over their lifetime? How long do they live?
  6. Bean789
    I have heard that they are very sweet tempered and 'like no other chicken you have ever raised' is the way it was explained to me. Private breeder told me that. BUT, not much market for them so he gave up his flock. He asked me to send him some eggs if I ever get some to send as he would now like to add them to his flocks again, just to have them.
  7. SMHChickens
    Awww, she is beautiful. Enjoy!
  8. maggypie
    what kind is it
  9. maggypie
    cool chicken
  10. Ariel188
    I don't know if they are a hard to hatch breed. I set 11 eggs and only 1 hatched but it was my sweet love girl so it was totally worth it! I got lucky it was not a rooster!

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