Belgian Bearded d'Uccle Bantam

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    The Belgian Bearded d'Uccle Bantam originated from its namesake town of Uccle on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium. This specific breed is of true bantam heritage, meaning they don't have standard sized parent breed. Although, the Belgian Bearded d'Uccle Bantam does have a related tailless variant called the Belgian d'Everberg. The breed is closely related to other Belgian bantams, particularly the Belgian Bearded d'Anvers which both shares a lot of physical traits save for their legs and comb - d'Uccle has feathered legs and a single comb, while d'Avers is clean-legged and a rose comb.

    Created by the Belgian Michael Van Gelder in the early 19th century, the d'Uccle Bantams are known for being calm birds with distinct aesthetic features such as fancy colorful feathering, full beards and muffs, as well as feathered feet. The hens, known for being broody, can typically lay small eggs coated with creamy or tinted coloring over a two-week period. The Belgian Bearded d'Uccle Bantam is not particularly cold hardy.

    Although the breed is commonly referred to as Mille Fleur or Millies in the US, Mille Fleur is in fact only one of its color variant. The Belgian Bearded d'Uccle Bantam's recognized varieties include Mille Fleur, Black, White, Porcelain, Golden Neck, Self Blue and Mottled. In average, a cock weights around 26 ounces, while the hen is roughly 22 ounces.

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