What is a sablepoot? It is a bantam breed similar to Belgian booted bantams here in the US. Lemon sablepoots were imported in 2019 (from England), and we were thrilled to get a pair! Sablepoot - a European name for booted bantams, refers to the feathered hocks (boots). Lemon refers to the color, a mille fleur base with a recessive modifier gene (Ig) that changes the buff color to lemon/citron, also called cream mille fleur by some. Sablepoots are actually a Dutch breed, separate from the Belgian booted breeds. They stand a bit taller than the Belgians, but otherwise are quite similar.
Note - Our sablepoot hen has a heart defect and does not lay. She has been retired as an extremely expensive pet :). We are working hard on a second and third line to diversify the genetics, and on lemon d'Uccles! So stay tuned and watch our Instagram and Facebook pages for progress updates!
This is Peace, our stunning rooster. He has successfully fertilized a mille fleur d'Uccle hen and a blue mille fleur d'Uccle hen, our first step in several projects.
1. diversifying our lemon sablepoot gene pool by using mille fleur booted bantams to develop a second lemon sablepoot line
2. developing a line of blue lemon mille fleur sablepoots
3. developing a line of lemon mille fleur d'Uccles
4. developing a line of blue lemon mille fleur d'Uccles
5. developing a line of cream mottled d'Uccles (lemon mille fleur on a golden neck)
Little Hope is peering out from behind Peace. She's an absolute doll of a hen - but we believe she may have a heart defect. So she has been retired as an extremely expensive pet, so no sablepoots this year.
Here you can get some idea of the size, while Peace is reclining for a foot check!
I am not yet sure when these will be available. I will be building my flock up first, so stay tuned!