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


Origin : At the beginning of last century a lot of buff layers were kept on the farms in the Namur region. They were known as ‘Hesbayes’ but the First World War eliminated them from the scene. Mr. Georges Herregodts, a farmer’s son who remembered this breed from his childhood, went searching for remains of this breed. Because he was unsuccessful he decided to create a bantam breed that looked exactly like the Hesbayes. In 1946 the first ones were entered at a poultry show but they didn’t satisfy yet. The plumage was still too blotchy. Severe selection improved this a lot. In 1951 a preliminary standard was drawn up and in 1957 it was officially accepted after Herregodts made a few minor changes. 

A Méhaigne hen

Characteristics : The Méhaigne is a very active breed with good laying qualities. The hens lay rather big white-shelled eggs that weigh about 40 gram. They brood easily if they’re allowed to. This breed is best kept in a closed pen.

Appearance : Rather heavy bantam that weighs between 700 (hens) and almost 1 kg (roosters). The body is rectangular in shape and the abdomen of the hen is well developed. The shanks are pinkish white and rather long. He comb is single, large and upright in the rooster. In the hen it falls over to one side during laying season. The earlobes are white.

Varieties : Only one, black-tailed buff.

State : Endangered. There are only a few breeders left in Belgium. Unknown in other countries.