5 Reasons to Love Belgian D'Uccle Chickens

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 18 July 2020

The Belgian d’Uccle chicken is one of the sweetest, loveliest and cuddliest pets in the whole wide world. Originating from Uccle in Belgium these vibrant ladies come in many different shapes, colours and sizes. Whether you’re looking for a chicken that looks as stunning and stylish as a casino dancer or if you are simply looking for a chook that’s sleek, elegant and classic, you’ll surely be able to find a Belgian d’Uccle that suits your unique taste. If these European cuddly cuties have piqued your poultry curiosity, read on and find out the top 5 reasons we absolutely love Belgian d’Uccles.

Silver Porcelain Belgian D'Uccle chicken

1. D’Uccle Chickens Are as Sweet as Belgian Chocolate.

Prepare to be pampered with perfect European manners. Belgian d’Uccles are some of the sweetest, calmest and loveliest breeds available in Australia. These girls know how to work their charm on anyone who wanders into their coop. Hospitable, kind and lively, these feathery fun-lovers will become your best friends in a matter of moments. If you’re looking for some little chickens with big hearts, then look no further than Belgian d’Uccles.

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2. Mesmerising Feathers that Look Absolutely Fabulous.

One of the first things you’ll notice about Belgian d’Uccle chickens is their wide variety of feather colours, patterns and shades. If you’re looking for a pristine porcelain beauty or perhaps a magnanimous mottled maverick, then Belgian d’Uccles are definitely right up your alley. One of the most popular and distinctive varieties of Belgian d’Uccle chickens is the Millie Fleur, which has a beautiful patterned plumage that loosely resembles a jaguar’s coat. Belgian d’Uccle chickens also come in mottled, blue, white and golden neck plumage. Imagine a backyard full of every variety of these Belgian wonders, clucking and cooing about - talk about chicken bliss!

Mille Fleur Belgian D'Uccle chicken

3. Perfect for Anyone who Loves Chickens but Not the Eggs.  

Strange though it may seem not every chicken lover keeps a flock purely for the egg benefits. Lots of people keep chickens as feathery friends and companions. Belgian d’Uccle lay a conservative 100 eggs per year, which is perfect for any Chicken Lady or Lad who simply doesn’t need truckloads of eggs. Some chicken keepers combine a mix of chicken breeds in their flock, like ISA browns or australorps that produce tones of eggs and more stylish girls like silkies and naked necks, which add a touch of glamour to the coop.

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Splash coloured Belgian D'Uccle chicken

4. Checkout their Beards and Boots.

It’s not every day that you see a chicken with a beard and boots, but Belgian d’Uccles have just that… Well, not exactly. Beards and boots are essentially a fluffy collection of feathers around their necks and feet respectively. Be careful though, chickens with puffy pockets of feathers are more vulnerable to mite and lice infestations. Making sure that your flock of Belgian d’Uccles have a regular supply of apple cider vinegar and diatomaceous earth (available in the hen health kit) is one of the easiest ways to protect your girls from nature’s irritating creepy crawlies.

5. Gentle Mothers who Love to look After Little Ones.  

A hen that goes broody is a hen that cares. Broody chickens by nature tend to be calmer, kinder and sweeter than other chooks. Belgian d’Uccle love nothing more than curling up on top of a pile of precious and delicate eggs. Not to mention their fluffy chicken bottoms that keep their precious cargo as warm as can be. Some people prefer to use an incubator & brooder to raise their own baby chickens, but if you’re thinking about hatching chicken the all naturale way then you definitely should consider getting a few broody Belgian d’Uccles for your flock. Find out more about hatching baby chickens with an adult hen by reading this article here.

You’ll never be short of a reason to love Belgian d’Uccle chickens. You’ll be besotted by their magnificent plumage and gentle natures, not to mention their quirky boots and beards. Chickens with personality need a coop with character and chickens of any breed would absolutely love living in a Taj Mahal, Penthouse or Mansion coop. Help your girls live the dream by getting them a coop they can love.

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