The Brabanter Chicken is a very old Dutch breed not the same as the Belgian Brabant which comes mainly in Quail coloring with a single comb. The Brabanter Chicken has a similarity to the Appenzeller or the Dutch Owl Beard (Uilebaard). Shown mainly in Chamois coloration. Available large and bantam.
Characteristics: Appearing in seven color varieties, it is largely an ornamental chicken. Hens lay a fair number of white eggs and do not go broody, but are not good winter layers.The wattles are fine and long. The ear lobes are white and oval shaped. Their beak is large with deep nostrils and a fleshy knob at the front of the beak. Their eyes are brown. They do not have feathers on their legs.
- Standard Weights: Cock-7 pounds; hen-5-1/2 pounds.
- Skin Color: White.
- Egg Shell Color: White.
- Use: A medium heavy fowl with fairly good egg production potential.
- Origin: Holland.
Interested in raising chickens, but not sure which breed might be right for you?
Things to consider:
Geography: Consider geography when selecting a breed. In cooler areas of the country, consider raising heavier birds. In hotter areas, consider lighter weight birds. Some birds have been specially breed for cold climates. Consider these birds if you live in a cold-climate area.
Space: Where will you be raising these chickens? Do you have a lot of farm land for the animals to be raised on, or are you planning to raise them in your backyard? If you have a small space in which to raise the birds, choose breeds with a calmer temperament and avoid birds that are listed as active. Active birds will not be happy in close confinement.
Temperament: When choosing a breed, consider temperament. Some breeds are calmer than others. If raising chickens in a backyard or in the city, you may prefer a calmer breed.