Barbu d'Uccle Bantams

A Rare Breed of Belgian Origin

Barbu Dï¿œUccle cockerel
Barbu d’Uccle cockerel.

The Barbu d’Uccle (pronounced Barboo Duke-le) is one of the Belgian bearded bantams, all of which are true bantams which means they have no large fowl counterpart. They are fluffy bantams who would make great colourful pets. It’s unfortunate that they are very rare in New Zealand and are hardly ever seen at poultry shows.

D’Uccles have feathered legs, muffs and a beard which makes them look very unusual. Overseas they come in many colours and are a favourite with fanciers who haven’t got much space.

Like most true bantam breeds, Barbu d’Uccles are mainly ornamental. Due to their rarity little is known about the egg laying qualities of the few we have here in New Zealand.

Indian Game hen
The muffs and beard give them their trademark look.
Indian Game
The abundant foot feathering
is a trait of the Barbu d’Uccle.
 
Thanks to Marina Steinke for supplying the above information and photographs.

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