Belgian Barbu Duccle - Cock
Belgian Barbu Duccle - Hen
Native to Belgium
Now found in UK, Europe, Australia and USA
Barbu Duccle eggs - Small creamy white colour but do not expect too many.
Hercule - M
Barry - M
Paul - M
Chloe - F
Minni - F
Chick - F
Belgian Barbu Duccle - One of three Belgian Bantam varieties, the others being Barbu danvers and Barbu de Watermael. None of these should be confused with the very similar booted bantam. The duccle is a true bantam and has a beard and muffs and come in a variety of colours.
Our experiences - If you are looking for birds for eggs then this is not the breed for you also due to their feathered feet and legs they are high maintenance and ideally need to be kept clean and dry although they are very hardy.
That said these are extremely tame and will invite themselves upon you expecially if you happen to have food. For a small bird they are very greedy and free range very well. They are very good flyers and often want to roost in our trees rather than their coop.
Ours are all Mille Fleur in colour, the hens are very pretty and do make a reasonable amount of noise. The cocks are also very striking, very attentive to the hens but can be quite a handfull and do crow at very high pitch.
We have successfully hatched quite quite a lot of chicks both in incubater and under broody Pekin Bantams. We have also crossed these with Pekins to produce a 'Puccle' which prove to be very charming birds.
At Craftyjane we also keep and breed - Araucana, Sulmtaler Bantam, Pekin Bantam, Poland, Maran, Orpington, Hybrids. All in Buxted Uckfield East Sussex.