About the Mille Fleur

Mille Fleur means “Thousand Flowers” in French, which refers to the colorful feather patterns on the birds.

The Mille Fleur chicken has a small to medium-sized body, weighing between 1.5 to 2.5 kg.
The most distinct feature of this breed is its feathers, which are covered in small, round, and colorful spots.
The base color of the feathers is typically a light brown or tan, with black, white, and reddish-brown spots.
They have a single comb, red wattles, and yellow skin.
Mille Fleur chickens are known for being friendly and docile, making them great pets.
They are active foragers and enjoy free-ranging.
Relatively quiet and do not make a lot of noise, which makes them suitable for urban environments.
Egg production: šŸ˜¦
Mille Fleur hens in my opinion are not prolific egg layers.
Their eggs are very small with a very light brown or tinted shell color.
The Mille Fleur d’Uccle is an ornamental chicken that is known for its distinctive appearance and small size. The name “d’Uccle” is derived from the town of Uccle (or Ukkel) in Belgium, where this breed is believed to have originated.
The Mille Fleur d’Uccle is a bantam breed, which means it is a smaller version of a standard-sized chicken. It is known for its unique feather pattern, characterized by a mottled or speckled appearance with a base color of white or cream and tiny black or dark brown spots that resemble a “thousand flowers” or “mille fleurs” in French. The feather pattern is intricate and complex, with each feather having its own unique arrangement of spots, making each bird’s pattern slightly different.
The exact origin of the Mille Fleur d’Uccle is unclear, but it is believed to have been developed in the late 19th or early 20th century in Belgium through crossbreeding of several other bantam chicken breeds, including the Barbu d’Anvers (d’Anvers or Antwerp Belgian) and the Barbu de Watermael (de Watermael Belgian). The aim was to create a unique and visually appealing breed for exhibition and ornamental purposes.
The Mille Fleur d’Uccle has gained popularity worldwide as an ornamental chicken breed due to its attractive appearance, friendly temperament, and small size, which makes it suitable for backyard or urban chicken keeping. Today, it is recognized as a distinct breed by many poultry associations and is exhibited in poultry shows and competitions around the world.

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