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    Belgian Bearded d'Uccle

    Chicken Breed

    A petite ornamental bird with docile nature.


    Authored by Sam Peterson

    Breed type


    Egg color


    Pen or free-range?

    Works well in both



    Belgian Bearded d'Uccle quick facts

    Lifespan: Approximately 7 to 8 years

    Weight: 1 to 2 pounds for both female hens and male roosters

    Appearance: Small but distinctive with patterned, fluffy feathers in a variety of colors, including black, blue, white and brown

    Egg Production: 100-150 eggs per year

    Good for Beginners: Great for pets due to their docile nature; however, their lower egg production, small size and special webbed feet require more attention and care that could be better suited for seasoned bird owners.

    Belgian Bearded d'Uccle chicken history

    The d’Uccle is truly small, with both hens and roosters coming in at only 1 to 2 pounds. Their small size makes them attractive to prospective owners with space constraints, as they take up far less real estate than a standard-sized chicken. Belgian d’Uccles Bantams are strong fliers, so owners can also take advantage of verticality in building their chicken coops. Though they require less space in theory, these chickens have a lot of energy. Giving them room to roam, forage, and free-range will improve their moods and keep them happy. If they are confined, make sure they are allowed plenty of room to move around and that your chicken coop isn’t too crowded. Additionally, a topper may be smart when housing d’Uccles since they are avid fliers.

    Temperment and good-to-knows

    Ornamental birds can do more than just look pretty in the yard. The Belgian d’Uccle is no exception to this; they make great companions, with active, friendly temperaments. Owners may be surprised by their d’Uccles flying up beside them as they go about their yard work. The friendliest of d’Uccles may be receptive to being picked up. They may even pester you to hold them! They should have few issues with aggressiveness, even from roosters. The d’Uccle should make a child-friendly breed for a backyard, family flock. Amongst other bantam chicken breeds, these birds will do well, but it may be wise to keep them away from standard-sized roosters. The size discrepancy can result in bullying or injury to your d’Uccles. If confronted, they should be able to simply fly away, but it is better to be safe than sorry.

    When looking at egg production, Belgian d’Uccles do not have the industrial-level production of other breeds. They will lay anywhere from 100 to 150 eggs a year, with the eggs themselves being smaller than standard eggs. They have beautiful cream shells. Two or three eggs from this chicken breed may only amount to a single standard egg—cooks should keep this in mind. Bouts of broodiness are not unusual for d’Uccles, a common trait amongst most bantams. They have not been bred for egg production, and as such many birds will retain the broody gene. Though disappointing to some, their broodiness makes them great mothers, a special bonus in itself.

    Visual characteristics of Belgian Bearded d'Uccle birds

    The Belgian d’Uccle is generally regarded as an ornamental bird. Their striking feather patterns, beards, and boots make them highly attractive in the backyard. The d’Uccle comes in a handful of different color varieties, with each having its own appeal. The classic millefleur and mottled d’Uccles take great advantage of the breed’s feathering, resulting in a standout appearance. The contrast between their white, brown, and black spots entices the eye. They have densely feathered feet, a somewhat uncommon trait that adds a unique appeal. Belgian d’Uccles have thick muffs and straight, red combs that combine to grant them a regal profile.

    Health and care

    Caring for your Belgian d’Uccles is relatively straightforward. They have no outstanding health issues as a healthy, strong breed. Standard bird care will do wonders at keeping your d’Uccles healthy. The cleanliness of their space should be paramount. The feathered legs and feet of this breed can be easily clogged up by mud. If you can keep the ground clean and relatively dry, this issue can be avoided. Their feet should be regularly checked for mites and cleaned if they become too dirty, as their feathers can break off if ignored for too long, causing pain and potential bleeding. Regular attention can keep this concern at bay and ensure that your d’Uccles continue to look and feel their best.

    Frequently asked questions about Belgian Bearded d’Uccle bantams

    What is the temperament of Belgian Bearded d'Uccle chickens?

    These chickens are generally docile, friendly and good-natured, which makes them good pets.

    Do Belgian Bearded d'Uccle chickens require any special grooming?

    No–they do not require any special grooming, but their beards and feathered legs/feet may require occasional cleaning to prevent matting.

    Are Belgian Bearded d'Uccle chickens good for backyard flocks?

    Yes–Bearded d’Uccle Batnam chickens are good for backyard flocks as they are small in size and easy to handle.

    Are Belgian Bearded d'Uccle chickens good for meat production?

    While Bearded d'Uccle chickens are not primarily bred for meat production, their meat is considered to be of good quality and can be used for culinary purposes.

    How do Belgian Bearded d'Uccles fare in cold weather?

    This chicken breed can tolerate cold weather well, but they may require additional protection such as heated chicken coops in extreme conditions.

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