I’d like to think of myself as this stoic hardass Maine farm-her, but man, I am becoming obsessed with these adorable Belgian d’Uccle Booted Bantams. I mean, just look at them! How could you not be obsessed? Those two-color freckles and fuzzy cheeks are out of a muppet movie—and they have “snowshoes” for feet, as my neighbor pointed out is perfect for winter in Maine.
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Our hatchery is closed for Spring 2022. We traveled 2,968-miles in May to collect excellent stock from several states along East Coast, including our first ever bantams and quail. We have live mealworms for sale in the meantime.
I said I’d never have bantams. They are pointless, right? Tiny eggs, low production, and the roosters aren’t worth processing. I scoffed at the silly little things for years.
That is, until my chicken partner in crime, Laurie, and I went to a chicken show last year. I fell in love with this pint-sized breed. They have the feathered legs and feet like Marans, cheeks like Ameraucana, and the cute-factor of Polish. What’s not to love? I especially love how many colors they come in.
What are d’Uccles like?
I have asked around, and these are some of the things I’m hearing about these beauts: Belgian d’Uccle Booted Bantams are some of the sweetest, calmest and friendliest breeds of chicken. They enjoy snuggling up for naps on your lap, nibbling treats from your hand, and are excellent with small children. Belgian d’Uccle chickens make excellent broody-mamas and are devoted to raising their broods––saving you the hassle of keeping a brooder.
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Our youngest son, farmer Danny, has a real sweet spot for chickens, and is interested in learning the trade. He will be taking responsibility for these birds. He has his own incubator, a little notebook to keep notes on specific birds, and will be learning to make hard choices about which birds to breed. He looks at the photos of them often and is already contemplating names, talk about counting your chicks before they hatch!
Belgian d’Uccle Booted Bantams produce about 120-160 eggs annually, depending on what source you read. The roosters weigh in at just under two pounds, and are cute as a damn button.
I was shocked when I saw one fly straight up to the top of a 6-foot tall quail hutch at only 14 weeks old. He was watching me feed the celadon quail mealworms and wasn’t about to be left out. From then on I began to feed the d’Uccle Booted Bantams mealworms before the quails.
I was so excited to bring these sweet critters home with us on our 2,986-mile trip journey visiting farms up the East coast. We flew down to Miami, FL in late April for my voyage to the Caribbean. My husband, Kevin, surprised me with the vacation after a whole lot of drama, including the eutinization of our 68 chickens, and our middle-son abruptly leaving home.
When we returned to port, we bought a truck and a tent, and stopped at several farms along a meandering route to collect rare, fancy and autosexing chicken breeds all up the East Coast on our way back to our little mountain in Maine.