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Booted Bantam Chicken Breed

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The Booted Bantam Chicken

The Booted Bantam Chicken Breed or Dutch Bantam and also called Sablepoot is a bantam breed of chickens. This bird has a fabulous grouping of feathers on its feet and hock joints, called vulture hocks and “sables” in Dutch. This is a true bantam and has no larger bird counterpart. These birds are namely kept for pest’s and show birds. They are close relatives of the Belgian Bearded d’Uccle. Many people mistake them for the Belgian Bearded d’Uccle, referred to as Mille Fleur, or Millie for short.

As stated the Booted Bantam chicken breed is not a good Farm bird as far as egg production or meat goes. They are not considered a good fit on a farm for this reason. They are however a terrific bird for the backyard enthusiast! They make great pets and beautiful show birds. The Booted Bantam or Sablepoot are very angular birds with broad backs and the chest held forward. The wings are large and point down toward the hocks.

This beautiful Chicken comes in more than 20 color varieties and are truly magnificent looking birds. The Millefleur is the most common color of this beautiful bird. Most breeders of this bird keep them confined in houses with soft bedding to preserve the feathering on the legs and hocks.

The Belgian Bearded d’Uccle who is closely related to this Booted Bantam has a feathered beard and is taller than the Booted Bantam. The Belgian Bearded d’Uccle and Booted Bantam are just a handful of chickens to have the feathered hocks!

Below is the Belgian Bearded d’Uccle referred to as Mille Fleur, or Millie for short, by: ” VoodooIsland “

Booted Bantam Chicken Breed

The Characteristics of this Booted Bantam Chicken Breed or Sablepoot are:

  • Purpose: Ornamental (Show and Pet)
  • Egg Laying: Moderate with 2 a week
  • Egg Size: Small
  • Egg Color: White or tinted
  • Comb: Single
  • Legs: Feathered along with Hocks
  • Winter Hardy: No
  • Docile: Yes, Very Docile
  • Confinement: Yes, bears confinement very well
  • Personality: Very friendly and sweet birds
  • Broody: Yes, and make good mothers.

Because of the size of this bird and the feathered legs and hocks, they are said to be good in gardens and do not do much damage. They are also known to be good foragers. Most breeders recommend keeping them confined if you are going to train these beautiful birds as show birds.

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