Association for Promotion of Belgian Poultry Breeds


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Large fowl

Bantams

Waterfowl

Turkeys

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

Belgian bantam

Origin : The selection of the Belgian bantam only started around 1900. In the Liège region people obtained two new breeds by pure selection from local primitive bantams, the Belgian bantam and the Bassette. It took rather a long time before the Belgian bantam became a fact. The first standard was only adopted in 1934. This bantam should be considered as the Belgian version of the universally known small black-red bantam often referred to as ‘English bantam’. Almost every European country has its own version of this universal bantam.

Black-red Belgian bantam rooster

Characteristics : The Belgian bantam is a very easy breed to keep without any special demands. Because they fly very well it is advisable to keep them in a closed pen. That way they become tame very easily if one spends enough time on them. Another possibility is to keep them free range in the garden (only in larger gardens with a high fence and tolerant neighbours) and then they wander around all day in smaller groups. A disadvantage by keeping them this way is that the hens will hide their eggs. The hens lay little white-shelled eggs that weigh about 30 to 35 grams and they will easily sit on them. The chicks usually grow up without any problems.

Appearance : The Belgian bantam is a breed without many striking features. They are little, without exaggeration and weigh about 500 to 600 gram. The forms are all very rounded and the plumage is rich. The back is short and continues with a nice rounded curve in the tail which is well spread. The comb is single and not too large. The earlobes are red, without any trace of white. The shanks and feet are slate blue.

Varieties : The most popular variety is black-red. The other recognized varieties are silver duckwing, blue-red, blue-silver, golden duckwing, blue golden duckwing, wheaten, silver wheaten, blue, black and white.

State : Rare. Mostly seen in the Northern Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, rarely in the South and in Holland. Unknown in other countries. The black-reds have become more popular the past couple of years. The other varieties are very rare.

Very rare white and black Belgian bantams