What is a sablepoot? It is a bantam breed similar to Belgian booted bantams here in the US. Lemon sablepoots were imported here by RNK Farms in Florida 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.
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 a somewhat similar breed 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
*have not decided whether to move the color to d'Uccles yet, but it's definitely in the realm of possibilities!
Little Hope is peering out from behind Peace. She's an absolute doll of a hen - can't wait until she begins laying eggs!
Here you can get some idea of the size, while Peace is reclining for a foot check!