The Barbu d’Uccle (pronounced Barboo Duke-le) is one of the Belgian bearded bantams, all of which are true bantams which means they have no large fowl counterpart. They are fluffy bantams who would make great colourful pets. It’s unfortunate that they are very rare in New Zealand and are hardly ever seen at poultry shows.
D’Uccles have feathered legs, muffs and a beard which makes them look very unusual. Overseas they come in many colours and are a favourite with fanciers who haven’t got much space.
Like most true bantam breeds, Barbu d’Uccles are mainly ornamental. Due to their rarity little is known about the egg laying qualities of the few we have here in New Zealand.