Other common names: Bearded d’Uccle; Barbu D'Uccle; Millie; Mille Fleur; Belgian d'Everberg; Belgian Bearded d'Uccle Bantam; Belgian d'Uccle Bantam, Everberg Bearded Bantam
The Belgian Bearded d'Uccle Bantam Chicken is a true bantam breed which was developed by Michael Van Gelder in the 1890's in the town of Uccle on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium. Mr. Van Gelder crossed the Antwerp Belgian and the Nederlandse Sabelpootkriel (Booted Bantam) to create a closely related but separate breed.
The Bearded d'Uccle is closely related to the other Belgian bantams, particularly to the Belgian Bearded d'Anvers Chicken. The difference between the two breeds is that the Barbu d'Uccle is feather-legged and has a single comb, and the Barbu d'Anvers is clean-legged and has a rose comb.
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Gold neck, Mille fluer, Mottled, Porcelain, Self blue, White
Uses: Brooding, Eggs, Ornamental, Pets
Weight: 1 - 2 lbs
Personality: Calm and sweet, the d'Uccle Bantam makes a great pet.
Preferred climate: Moderate
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Fair (2/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Small
What else you should know:
There is a rumpless version of this breed, known as the d'Everberg. Like many rumpless fowl, fertility may be compromised.
good pets, friendly bantam chickens, BIG personalities, Mille Fleur pattern, social chickens
broken foot feathers, meat birds, egg production
strong feather growth, citron mille fleur, backyard enthuiastics, long foot feathers
Great Canadian Rooster
Einstein came to our farm with two hens. We purchased them from a young farmer who was trying to introduce these rare breed chickens to the back yard once again. We were hooked at the word rare so we drove to pick them up. They developed as a unique pack and stayed a pack of three long until the winter months. Each night they would roost together on a roost over our rabbit pen. We finally had to move them into a chicken coop as the blustery winter set in. It was our choice not theirs to be placed in the coop. I honestly think they would have done just fine on their unique perch if we had build them a wind barrier, however, we felt it easier to relocate them with the others for the winter months.
These chickens are colourful, and full of personality. Einstein is covered in ornamental feathers which he makes dance as he struts around the barnyard. I highly recommend these chickens for backyard enthuiastics. They provide entertainment, little care, and a healthy supply of small eggs. The hens get broody so if you have a hen and a rooster you may be able to add to your flock. My son loves to call him the funkiest chicken in the world as he carries him around in his arms..
From ChristinaKenned Apr 30 2014 6:32PM
When I decided I wanted to devote my coop space to show birds, I looked through books on poultry breeds and read up on temperaments and other qualities. What I read about d'Uccles has proven to be true. For the most part, they have been endearing and beautiful clowns! They are smarter and more observant than most chickens I have ever known. I credit this to their long history as strictly showbirds and companions.
I recommend these birds to anyone who is less concerned about eggs, but wants pretty birds that are friendly and inexpensive to keep. D'Uccles are awesome foragers, under supervision. They are easy prey for hawks, dogs, and cats as well as possums, raccoons and other nocturnal predators. Be ready to build a tight coop for your flock, with a securely attached run made of hardware cloth buried at least 6" below the ground. When you have time, you let them out and sit with them to indulge in what I call "chicken tv". The more time they get free-ranging, the less feed they will consume. They can also eat left-overs of minimally-processed foods. Being small, they need less space per chicken. Their coop should be made to keep them out of wind & rain during inclement weather. I have friends in Alaska that have d'Uccles and say they do just fine as long as they have a shelter where they can be dry and huddle together to share warmth. They do not require a heated coop.
The more you interact with your d'Uccles, the more you will get to know their individual personalities. Like any animal, there may be some that are not as friendly and social. Sometimes the roosters can be cantankerous, especially if they see you as a threat to their hens or their own flock dominance. But after a while, you will notice that you have some birds that actually seem to enjoy sitting with you and 'chatting' rather than running around. D'Uccle hens have a different voice than other chickens, and you can tell when you are being scolded for some slight or oversight! They can be downright bossy at times, and underfoot when you are trying to do chores.
Because of their long foot feathers, d'Uccles need to be monitored for broken foot feathers that may bleed. Also, they may require a bit more protein to support strong feather growth. This is not a problem if they get to frequently free-range, as they can eat more bugs to fulfill this protein need.
They come in a variety of colors. The accepted standard colors for poultry shows are mille fleur, porcelain, golden neck, self-blue, mottled (black with white spots), black, and white.
Other colors that may be available are quail, blue mottled, blue, butterscotch, black mille fleur, citron mille fleur, brown red, and many more.
If you are interested in showing d'Uccles (or any poultry), check with the American Bantam Association, or the American Poultry Association, to find shows in your area. If you already have d'Uccles, be sure to enter them! If you don't, check at the show to see who might breed them in your area. If you can't find a breeder, several poultry companies sell & ship d'Uccle chicks as do some smaller breeders. A source for more information on d'Uccles and breeders is belgianduccle.org
I own, show, and breed mille fleur, black, and self-blue (lavender) d'Uccles. I am located in East Tennessee, and show in GA, KY & TN. There will be a new bantam show in Knoxville TN on April 14, 2012 at the poultry building on the TVA Fair site.
From wegotchickens Jan 30 2012 7:01PM
Beautiful chicken breed, but not very productive.
The Belgian Bearded d'Uccle - or 'Ukkelse baardkriel' in Dutch is a beautiful chicken breed of my home country.
They are nice, friendly and social chickens that come with a great temperament. You can easily hold them, pet them and cuddle them. They won't bite!
You can let the chickens loose in your backyard, because they are unlikely to damage your garden or run away.
They have got a beautiful, stunning appearance, but are quite small. Also, they aren't very productive. They lay about one egg, which are very small compared to regular eggs, in three days.
You'll want to buy this breed if you are looking to have some life in your garden, not if you want to produce a lot of biological eggs..
From LoInfern Dec 26 2014 1:54PM