PHOTO: Brabanter Community Group/Facebook
March 20, 2018

Friendly and somewhat shy, the Brabanter chicken breed doesn’t mind handling. Its small crest doesn’t get as dirty as the crests of other chicken breeds, but owners should keep a tidy coop to preserve feather quality. The Brabanter stands at medium height and has an upright, alert stance, with a long back and a well-spread tail held high.

Brabanter chicken breed rooster
Courtesy Irish Acres, Brookville, Florida

In the U.S., the Brabanter appears most often in Cream or Golden plumages. Most varieties have slate-blue shanks.

brabanter chicken breed
Brabanter Chickens Enthusiasts Group/Facebook

The Brabanter’s small V-shaped comb and wattles withstand frostbite in cold climates; both are bright red. The bird’s white earlobes often remain hidden beneath its muff.

While it’s considered an ornamental breed, a Brabanter hen will lay a decent amount of large, white eggs during spring and summer and won’t go broody.

brabanter chicken breed
Brabanter Chickens Enthusiasts Group/Facebook

Mature males weigh as much as 7 pounds.

Hens weigh 6 pounds.

This story originally appeared in the November/December 2017 issue of Chickens magazine.

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