The Brabanter Chicken is a breed which originated in the Brabant region of Belgium and the Netherlands. The original form of the Brabanter went extinct in the early 20th century, and was re-created by 1920. Today, it is a rare breed.
Types: Bantam, Largefowl
Varieties (V- Shaped): Black, Black Spangled, Blue, Citron Spangled, Cuckoo, Gold Blue Spangled, Gold Spangled, Lavender, White
Uses: Eggs, Ornamental
Bantam: 1.5 - 2.25 lbs
Largefowl: 3.5 - 5.5 lbs
Personality: Active, but social and curious.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Large
What else you should know:
The Brabanter Chicken is often confused with the Appenzeller Chicken, but is a seperate breed entirely. The two can be told apart, as only the Brabanter sports a beard.
color varieties, rare breed, large white eggs, excellent foragers, crazy headfeathers
ancient comb, variable climate, standard size chicken, stag horn gene
This is the breed for me! Just looking at their crazy headfeathers makes me smile. They are great in out variable climate, do well with other animals - the roosters like to ride the goats and crow perched on their backs. They are completely free-ranging in fields and have not been susceptible to predation. The kids find them easy to catch and willing to be cuddled. It is a shame they are so difficult to find..
From Brabanter Aug 6 2014 12:33PM
Luv of a rare breed, the Brabanter
While searching for a rare breed standard size chicken I came across the Brabanter. More popular in Europe, where they originated, and with only a handful of breeders here in N. America it I had to chose wisely on where to acquire my start. I chose a private and professional breeder whom takes the time and effort into producing correct specimens of the breed. In the US there are two color varieties, gold and cream. I preferred the cream color and again found it a challenge to get Brabanters that were true to color, as many keep the gold and cream together.
My decision on the breed was based on egg production, rarity, color/camouflage, intelligence, and appearance (not worded in a particular order). I would encourage anyone who would like to raise the Brabanter to do so with hopes of proper breeding and management to preserve this very rare beauty.
I have found that being rare they are not as readily available, as say a Leghorn. Many think at first they are a "mixed breed". Hens are also not inclined to go broody and hatch chicks, always a good excuse to keep a Silkie on hand.
Since hatch I have not lost one and they are extremely hardy. Hens lay very large white eggs. They are not aggressive towards other poultry, fowl, pets, people or children. They are excellent foragers, during the day they spend most of time in the woods and brush. They are great fliers and been told they can actually climb a tree. I have yet to see one do this but I am living for the day I see it for myself.
I believe the Brabanter would make a great "city chicken", pet, and/or farm chickens. I have had no problem what so ever selling the roosters, which I find surprising because sometimes one can not even give a rooster away. I suppose their handsome stature, unusual coloring, horn-like comb, and mild temperament is a few of the reasons people desire to have one of their own.
From alldjs Feb 1 2011 1:21AM