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

Famenne bantam

A trio of Famenne bantams


Origin : Famenne bantams were created in the Southern French-speaking part of Belgium between 1915 and 1925. They are strongly related to the Ardenner bantams.

Characteristics : The appearance and character of the Famenne bantam is identical to the Ardenner bantam. 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 Famenne bantam is a small bantam but is with its 500 to 700 grams a bit larger than its cousin the Ardenner bantam. It has a proud appearance and is very streamlined. The back is long and gently slopes backwards. 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.  The beak and shanks are slate blue. The eyes are orange till dark brown. An essential difference between the Famenne bantam and the Ardenner bantam is that the face, earlobes, wattles and comb are bright red without any trace of blackish pigmentation.

Varieties : Famenne bantams only exist in white.

State : Very rare, even endangered. Only seen in the Southern French-speaking part of Belgium. Unknown in other countries.