Association for Promotion of Belgian Poultry Breeds


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Large fowl

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Bantams

|Antwerp bearded bantam |Bosvoorde bearded bantam |Everberg bearded bantam |Malines bantam |Tournaisis
|Ardenner bantam |Brabançonne bantam |Famenne bantam |Mehaigne |Uccle bearded bantam
|Bassette |Brakel bantam |Grubbe bearded bantam |Liège game bantam |Waas bantam
|Belgian bantam |Bruges game bantam |Herve bantam |Tirlemont game bantam |Watermael bearded bantam

Ardenner bantam

Birchen Ardenner bantams

 

Origin : While large Ardenners are already known for centuries, Ardenner bantams are only a creation from hundred years ago. Around 1904 the first steps were taken in the ‘Union Avicole' association in Liège to create a miniature of the large Ardenner. The creation was the result of collaboration between several breeders under the leadership of Theo de Lame. Undoubtfully large Ardenner and local bantams were the starting material but some people also suggest involvement of the Old English bantam Game. However, the goals were achieved quickly. After only three years the first Ardenner bantams were entered at a local poultry exhibition and in 1913 the breed was officially adopted.

Characteristics : The appearance and character of the Ardenner bantam is identical to the large Ardenner fowl. They can fly easily and should therefore best be kept in closed pens. It is a very strong breed which prefers to sleep outside in trees throughout the year. The hens lay little white-shelled eggs that weigh about 35 gram and they sit on them easily. The chicks usually grow up without any problems.

Appearance : The Ardenner bantam is a small bantam that weighs 550 to 650 gram.  . It has a proud appearance and is very streamlined. The back is long and gently slopes towards the tail. The tail is long and closed in the hen which accentuates the streamline. The comb is single and upright in both sexes but not too large.  Very striking is the dark pigmentation of the face, earlobes, wattles and comb. The intensity of this pigment depends on the variety (from very dark in birchen to red in silver dukwing). Also the eyes, beak and shanks, toes and nails are dark. There is also a rumpless Ardenner bantam in which the vertebrae and the feathers of the tail are missing.

 

Varieties : The most typical varieties are birchen and yellow birchen because they have the most typical darkly pigmented heads. Ardenner bantams are also recognized in black-red, silver duckwing, white and black. The same varieties exist in the rumpless Ardenner bantam.

State : Rather popular in the Southern French-speaking part of Belgium. Rare in the North but interest is growing. Can also rarely be found in Holland and France. Unknown in other countries. The rumpless Ardenner bantam is very rare.

Silver duckwing Ardenner bantam rooster

White Ardenner bantam rooster