Black-red Belgian bantam rooster
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.
: 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.