Chicken Breed Focus - Brabanter

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Apr 28, 2016.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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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. 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.


    Details:

    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 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 Size Large Fowl

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    Pics by @Ariel188


    BYC Breed Reviews:


    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/brabanter

    BYC Breed Discussion:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/270338/brabanters-and-spitzhaubens-the-differences-pic-heavy/0_30


    Do you own Brabanters? Are you a Brabanter breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
  2. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Very interesting information. Just got 50 Brabanter pullet chicks into my workplace, something like 30 Gold and 20 Cream I believe. They're hatchery stock. It'll be interesting to see how they grow and I'm sure I'll end up taking some home myself.
     
  3. N F C

    N F C got coffee? Premium Member Project Manager

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    Stunning birds, I'd like to hear more about them from members that have them.

    Question...the last 2 photos "Dottie"...is that the golden-black half moon spangled coloration? Absolutely gorgeous!
     
  4. tao chick

    tao chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have Brabanters, and I love them. I'm going to come back and write more, but for now want to post a picture of Minnie Pearl. She is a Cream Brabanter.
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    I'll write more soon.
     
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  5. JessHeller

    JessHeller Out Of The Brooder

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    Gorgeous!
     
  6. DwayneNLiz

    DwayneNLiz ...lost... Premium Member

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    Are they any relation to Spitzhauben?
     
  7. BYchickadoo

    BYchickadoo Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi,

    I love this breed! They are not flighty, very inquisitive and smart. Total thinkers. They fly very well haha!

    I own Dottie pictures above:
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    And a flock of chicks that are related to Dottie. Here's my favorite pullet:

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  8. Torch404

    Torch404 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aww you used my picture [​IMG] I feel honored

    I love Brabanters at the moment they are the only chicken I want to own...my daughter has other ideas, but I'm the one who chooses what eggs to hatch [​IMG]


    European Brabanters don't have wattles but American ones have huge ones like the Spitz. I can't say for sure but I think the hatcheries used Spitz's in making/maintaining the breed.
     
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  9. gfvirga

    gfvirga Out Of The Brooder

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    We love our girl, my wife calls her the chicken with the "Elvis" hair.
    She is the bravest in our flock of 6 chickens, she runs to me when I come with food, meanwhile all the other ones are afraid of my hands.
    She is definitely draws attention and everybody that meets her make a comment of how pretty she looks.

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    This was our pick of white egg layer.
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    We have her for eggs and fun.
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    I thought her looks would be my favorite characteristic, but her goofiness and mood are awesome!
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!

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  10. DwayneNLiz

    DwayneNLiz ...lost... Premium Member

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    Ohhhhh! I love your timeline photos!
     
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