Barbu d’Uccle

The Barbu dUccle is a breed of small-sized, ornamental chickens that originated in Belgium. They are true bantam chickens, since they do not have a larger counterpart. This breed has an incredibly good nature, and is famous in poultry farms and houses for their good looks. Barbu dUccle is not a meat or egg breed, but are mostly used in exhibitions and shows.

Barbu d'Uccle
Barbu d’Uccle

Quick Information

Other Names Bearded d’Uccle, Ukkelse Baardkriel (Dutch)
Physical Characteristics Looks quite similar to the Barbu d’Anvers breed, but has feathery legs a single comb; they have a have a low posture; the neck is short but well developed; has an open tail-feathering
Plumage/Feather Dense; dappled
Comb Type Very small
Personality Traits Friendly, easily tamable, good with children, roosters/cockerels turn aggressive during mating season, hens make good mothers and are prone to broodiness,
Purposes Ornamental purposes, exhibitions, shows
Eggs White to cream in color, small in size
Lifespan Average
Weight (size) Adult Cocks: 750 gram
Adult Hens: 650 gram
Diet Normal chicken diet
Country of Origin Belgium
Breed Information Bantam Club Français
Poultry Club of Great Britain
Barbu d'Uccle Pictures
Barbu d’Uccle Pictures

History and Development

In the 1890s, the Barbu d’Uccle was developed for the first time by a breeder Michael van Gelder in a place called Uccle, located on the outskirts of Brussels in Belgium. It is thought that, in order to produce this new breed, Gelder crossed the Antwerp Belgian with a Dutch booted bantam (Sabelpoot) to produce the new breed.

Barbu d'Uccle Chickens
Barbu d’Uccle Chickens

In 1905, this breed was first shown to public. Later, in 1911, Arthur O. Schilling, a poultry enthusiast and American artist, who went to Belgium to visit C. S. Th. van Gink, a contemporary poultry artist, saw a few specimens of the mille fleur variety of these bantam birds, and took home to America a few of these. Eventually, in 1914, the mille fleur variety of this new chicken breed got recognition by the APA. In 1911, they were exhibited for the first time in UK at the Crystal Palace show.

Barbu d'Uccle Bantams
Barbu d’Uccle Bantams

Varieties

Though many color combinations are available, the Barbu dUccles have been categorized into the following color varieties by their plumage colors, viz.:

  1. Mille fleur
  2. Porcelain
  3. Black/buff
  4. Mottled
  5. Blue fleur
  6. Blue mottled
  7. Buff Columbian
  8. Brown/red
  9. White
  10. Black
  11. Red
  12. Blue
  13. Columbian
  14. Lavender
  15. Lemon-splash
  16. Golden neck

    Bearded d'Uccle
    Bearded d’Uccle

Behavior

These bantams are born-friendly, and can do well even when in confinements like in small gardens, since they hardly have any intention to wander off too far. They love interacting with people, and are also good with children. They are capable becoming tamed very easily. However, the male Barbu dUccles are prone to become aggressive during mating season, for which, a single male with a group of females is good during this time. It is also important to keep them mud-free, since this may damage their foot feathers.

Barbu d'Uccle Images
Barbu d’Uccle Images

Reproduction

The female Barbu dUccles make good mothers, and begin taking intense care from the hatching of its chicks, until they are grown up. They very easily get broody – a trait for which they are much known. They lay small, white to creamish or light brown eggs, each weighing about 30 grams.

Ukkelse Baardkriel
Ukkelse Baardkriel

Interesting Facts

  • The ‘Mille Fleur’ is their most popular color combination.

Video: Mille Fleur Barbu dUccle Chicken Farming

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