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Chicken 101: The Belgian Bearded d’Uccle or Mille Fleur

3 Jul

millefluer2Chicken 101: The Belgian Bearded d'Uccle or Mille Fleur

These are some of the showiest and prettiest birds on our place! The rooster is also our most aggressive- we call him “The Little Ninja” because he can be quite stealthy in his attack. Due to his small stature it can be quite difficult for him to get much of a reaction though and he has a tendency to pout! They also aren’t kidding out the broodiness! I have to kick these hens out of the nest boxes often- they will steal the other hens eggs and pull them up under their wings and you have to practically shake them down! Really great personalities!

The Belgian Bearded d’Uccle (pronounced dew-clay) (often simply Belgian d’Uccle[1][2]) or Barbu D’Uccle in French, is a breed of bantam chicken originating from the town of Uccle on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium. The bird is frequently referred to as the Mille Fleur in the U.S.,[3] after the most common color variation (which is French for “thousand flowers”)

Origins

The Breed came into being in the early 19th Century from Belgium, and was created by a Belgian man by the name of Michael Van Gelder. Most sources maintain that it originated from crosses of the Antwerp Belgian and the sabelpoot which is known today as the Booted Bantam, and raised as a closely related but separated breed.

Appearance

Barbu D’Uccles have a low posture, a short but well developed neck and a rather open tail-feathering. D’Uccles have a single comb, different from its rose-combed relative the d’Anvers. The weight of a cock is around 26 ounces and a hen weighs roughly 22 ounces. The Belgian Bearded D’Uccles comes in many color variations such as: Mille Fleur, Porcelain, Black mottled, Buff mottled, Blue mottled, Blue Mille Fleur, Buff Colombian, Brown red, Red, White, Black, Buff, Blue, Colombian, Lavender, Splash, Golden Necked and Lemon.

Characteristics

The Belgian Bearded D’Uccle is renowned for being a calm bird. Bearded D’Uccle eggs are notably small and are coated with creamy or tinted coloring. The breed is known for being very broody, and a typical hen can lay her eggs over a two-week period, though others have taken as long as three weeks (21 days).In the US they are frequently referred to as Mille Fleur or Millies, in spite of the fact that Mille Fleur is only one of their color variants and it also appears in other breeds, such as Leghorns, Dutch Bantams, Old Englishes, Booted Bantams, and many more. Unlike most breeds, Belgian D’Uccles have vulture hocks (feathers on the hocks). While vulture hocks are a DQ (disqualify-er) in show birds for most breeds, a lack of feathering is a DQ for Belgian D’Uccles.

Info from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Belgian_Bearded_d’Uccle

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4 Responses to “Chicken 101: The Belgian Bearded d’Uccle or Mille Fleur”

  1. LuckyRobin July 4, 2013 at 3:33 am #

    Neat feather patterns. I’ve never seen anything like the bearded D’Uccle before.

  2. Weekend Cowgirl (@WeekendCowgirl) July 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm #

    Love your pretty chickens! We do not have any, but I see your post and it makes me want to get some!!!

  3. Michelle @ Life on the Horizon July 11, 2013 at 9:49 pm #

    I’m so glad weekend cowgirl found your blog. She rocks. Will you please come stay a week with me and teach me some chicken stuff?

    • nmcanchaser July 12, 2013 at 4:02 am #

      I wish I could! I think it would actually be more productive for you to come visit the fowl farm though!

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