Association for Promotion of Belgian Poultry Breeds


Large fowl





|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

Bruges game bantam

A blue yellow birchen Bruges game bantam rooster


Origin : Only at the end of the seventies serious attempts were made to breed bantam versions of the large Belgian gamefowl breeds. Before that one or two bantams were only found sporadically and usually they left much to be desired in size and body shape. Only after Mr. Van Loy started breeding Belgian game bantams with the desired head pigmentation, a lot of improvement was made. 

Characteristics : Compared to the large Belgian game there are a few remarkable differences. First of all bantams grow a lot quicker and start laying at much younger age. The hens brood very easily and they are good mothers. The pugnacity of the bantams is comparable to the large Bruges but because of the lighter mass of the bantams the damage after a fight is usually much less dramatical. Therefore it is much easier to keep the bantams in groups.

Appearance : The body shape of Bruges game bantam and large Bruges game is identical. They are also quit large bantam game. The roosters weigh about 1250 gram and the hens 900 to 1000 gram. This is of course very logical when keeping in mind that Bruges game are one of the largest chicken breeds. The body is carried upright and the back is flat and slopes very little. The thighs are very muscular and the slate blue shanks are very powerful, thick and rather long. In contrast with other breeds, spurs are desired also in the hens. The head is very powerful with developed eyebrows. The face and the comb are heavily pigmented and purplish red until almost black. The triple comb and wattles should be as little as possible.

Varieties : There are a lot of varieties but the most common are blue yellow birchen and yellow birchen. Other recognized varieties are black, blue, white, black-red, silver duckwing, golden duckwing, blue golden duckwing, birchen, blue and birchen.

State : Very rare. There are only a few breeders left in the Northern Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Sporadically seen in the South of Belgium, Holland and Germany.