Pair of porcelaine Uccle bearded bantams
: This remarkable breed is very well suited for keeping on limited
surface because of its very friendly and calm nature. In a very short
time these bantams become very tame. It is possible to keep them free
range in the garden where they will cause little or no harm. A famous
nickname of this breed is in fact ‘the living flower of our
gardens’. A nickname that can be interpreted almost literally in this
case. The hens lay small white eggs and sit on them. They are very good
: The Uccle bearded bantam is a gracious and refined small bantam with a
striking asymmetrical body shape. This means that, seen in profile, the
front of the body is much heavier than the back. The breast is very
large, carried rather high and forward, which gives this bantam a very
alert and proud expression. A very well developed trilobed beard,
well-developed leg feathering and vulture hocks are the most striking
features of the Ukkel bearded bantam. The hackle is also very much
developed. The comb is single, upright and not too large. The tail is
almost carried vertically in the roosters and is rather poorly
its refined body shape and magnificent plumage colors this thoroughbred
bantam is undoubtfully one of the most striking breeds in the world.
Unfortunately there are several foreign booted breeds that resemble the
Uccle bantam and therefore a big international breakthrough like the
Antwerp knew never came.
: This breed is recognized in a large number of varieties and regularly
new ones are presented. The most typical is without any doubt the
millefleur (in Dutch ‘thousand colors’, in French ‘thousand
flowers’). Recognized varieties are : white, black, blue laced,
lavender, buff, red, cuckoo, quail, blue quail, silver quail, blue
silver quail, millefleur, porcelaine, ochre-white porcelaine, black
mottled, blue mottled, lavender mottled, black-red, silver duckwing,
columbian, columbian blue, buff columbian, buff columbian blue. There
are also some varieties which haven’t been officially recognized yet,
such white quail, lemon porcelaine, silver porcelaine and blue millefleur.
: Rather rare. Is kept all over Belgium but in small numbers. The most
common variety is millefleur but also quail is presented regularly.
Porcelain is steadily going downhill and the other varieties are very
rare. Outside Belgium they can be found in Holland and on the Internet
one can also find them in the U.S. and Australia although the quality of
these birds is very poor based on Belgian standards.