Belgian d'Uccle Bantams

Barbu d'Uccle

In the US they are frequently referred to as Mille Fleur or Millies, in spite of the fact that Mille Fleur is only one of their color variants and it also appears in other breeds.

"Acorn" (right) and "Popcorn," a pair of Mille Fleur bantams
I got Acorn and Popcorn in 1979. They were the first purebred fowl I ever bought with breeding in mind. I found them at the first poultry show I ever went to and fell in love with Acorn the second I saw him.
Photo courtesy of Susan Loesser

One of the Belgian true bantams (meaning there is no standard-sized form), the bearded and booted Mille Fleur d'Uccle is one of the prettiest of fowl. The d'Uccles also occur in other color varieties, such as Porcelain, Black Mottled, Self Blue (self means solidly one color), and Blue Mille Fleur. They are single combed birds and the standard calls for vulture hocks, a disqualification in most breeds. (Vulture hocks are long stiff feathers protruding down and back from the hock joint. These can be better seen on my image of a Sultan male.)

The Mille Fleur pattern consists of a ground color of mahogany, with each feather marked with a crescent shaped bar of black and tipped with a V-shaped white spangle. The true coloring does not usually appear until the first adult molt. The Porcelains are patterned the same way, but the ground color is straw, and the barring blue with a white tip.

I found these birds to be so tame that it was often a problem to keep them from flying up on me when I didn't want to be wearing a few chickens! If I could only keep one breed of bantams, it would be these guys.

You might also want to visit my page on the closely related Sabelpoot bantam (I really don't understand the relationships among these small European booted, bearded and booted, and clean legged bantams). As far as I can tell, d'Uccles are bearded and Booted bantams are Nonbearded (but don't quote me on that!)


Breed clubs:

Belgian d'Uccle & Booted Bantam Club
Karl F. Urshel
1048 New Lebanon Church Road
Reidsville, NC 27320
phone: 336-951-3309
e-mail: belgianduccle@academicplanet.com

The British Belgian Bantam Club
Nicki Firth
Sarum Lodge, Barrells Road
Thurston, Burry
St. Edmunds IP31 3SF
UK
phone: 01359 230448
e-mail: belgianclub@aol.com

The Belgian Bantam Club of Australia
Irene Hannan
Mountain View
Caparra, via Wingham
NSW, 2429, Australia
e-mail: channan@tpgi.com.au

ZOBK: Breeders Club for Rare True Belgium Bantams
The Netherlands


d"Uccle Links:

The Facebook page on Belgian d'Uccle bantams

The rumpless version of the breed is the Belgian d'Everberg

De Nederlandse Sabelpootkriel is a Dutch page on d'Uccle bantams.

The Bantam Roost's page on bearded d'Uccles

Stop by Paul and Nancy's apartment and meet Tilly the Mille Fleur

Pierce County Bantam's d'Uccles

d'Uccles at Brushy Run Bantams

A page on Barbu d'Uccles from The Netherlands (in English)

Shagbark Bantams specializes in d'Uccles

See the Mille Fleur d'Uccles at Bobbie's Backyard Poultry

Benson's Bird House - Millies for sale here

d'Uccles at Longshadow Farms

A French site on Bearded d'Uccles -- in French only

Popsun Farm Poultry

Stevens Poultry Farm

MF & Porcelains at Saynora Farms

Mille Fleur at Sterling Meadows Hatchery

Terrapin Creek Farm has d'Uccles

Mille Fleur d'Uccles at Terrapin Creek Farm


Mille Fleur male

"Kernel," a Mille Fleur cock
Son of "Acorn" and "Popcorn"

This Mille Fleur d'Uccle hen won Best Belgian bantam at one of the British shows
Photo courtesy of Rupert Stephenson

A Lavender d'Uccle rooster
Photo courtesy of The Boulton Family

A Porcelain d'Uccle male

A Black Mottled d'Uccle female

My Blue Mottled d'Uccle hen

A Mille Fleur female

A Splash Booted bantam rooster from Denmark
Photo courtesy of Jørn Clevin

Here's "Blue Bonnet," my Blue/Buff d'Uccle hen
Sold to me as a "Blue Mille Fleur"

A trio of White Booted bantams
Photo courtesy of Jørn Clevin

A Porcelain d'Uccle female

Three color varieties from France: Blue, Ermine and Lemon
Photos courtesy of Christian Miniot

A White d'Uccle cockerel
Photos courtesy of The Boulton Family

A Blue Booted bantam cockerel
Photo courtesy of Jørn Clevin

"YardMillie," a Mille fleur hen
She got her name because she absolutely refused to stay in a breeding pen so she ended up as a free-ranging bird

When I bought this rooster I was told he was a Golden Necked d'Uccle

Silver (left) and Lemon Mille Fleur d'Uccle pullets from France
Photos courtesy of Christian Miniot

A Non-bearded Blue Booted bantam hen from Denmark
Photos courtesy of Jørn Clevin

A Red Barred Booted d'Uccle hen, also from Denmark
Photo courtesy of Jørn Clevin

A pair of Yellow Barred Booted bantams from Denmark
Photo courtesy of Jørn Clevin

A trio of Gold-necked Mille Fleur d'Uccles and a frontal shot of the females

A Porcelain d'Uccle male from the UK
Photo courtesy of Helena Gardner

Silver Partridge Booted bantams from Denmark
Photos courtesy of Jørn Clevin

Buff Mottled d'Uccles
Photo courtesy of Harry Heath

This is a pair of Cuckoo d'Uccles from Belgium
Photo courtesy of The Association for the Promotion of Belgian Poultry Breeds

A pair of Yellow Booted bantams from Denmark
Photo courtesy of Jørn Clevin

Mille Fleur and Lavender d'Uccle pullets from Australia
Photos courtesy of Jayden Brown

Two d'Uccle males from France, a Mille Fleur and a Mahogany Mille Fleur
Photos courtesy of Christian Miniot

A Silver Porcelain rooster from France
Photo courtesy of Christian Miniot

Lemon (or Citron) Mille Fleur Booted bantam pair from Denmark
Photos courtesy of Jørn Clevin

Another Porcelain d'Uccle cockerel, at 5 months and 14 months old
Photos courtesy of Brian Reeder

The head of a Cream Mottled d'Uccle hen
Photo courtesy of Harry Heath

A Porcelain d'Uccle pullet from Australia
Photo courtesy of Jayden Brown

Silver Porcelain Booted bantams from Denmark
Photos courtesy of Jørn Clevin

Lemon Blue Porcelain Booted bantams from Denmark
Photo courtesy of Jørn Clevin

A pair of Porcelain d'Uccles from Brazil
Photo courtesy of Joao Batista Zanin

Mille Fleur males on range in Denmark
Photo courtesy of Jørn Clevin


A five-day-old Mille Fleur chick
Photo courtesy of Karen Cohen

More Mille Fleur d'Uccle chicks
Photo courtesy of Tier

Porcelain and Mille Fleur d'Uccle chicks
Photo courtesy of Longshadow Farms

White and Lavender d'Uccle chicks
Photo courtesy of The Boulton Family

Blue Mille Fleur d'Uccle chicks

Gold-necked d'Uccle chicks

Blue Mille Fleur and Gold-necked d'Uccle chicks
Photos courtesy of Taryn Koerker


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