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

Grubbe bearded bantam

Blue Grubbe bearded bantam hen


Origin : The Grubbe bearded bantam is the only of the six Belgian bearded bantams which is not named after a town but after a house. This bantam is nothing else but a rumpless Antwerp bearded bantam. It originated by coincident from the breeding stock of Robert Pauwels in Everberg at the beginning of the past century. Pauwels used this few rumpless birds as breeding stock and so developed a new breed which has a very unstable life story. It disappeared after the First World War, reappeared in 1945 to disappear again in 1947 until 1972. Since then it has known better and worse times. At the end of the nineties there was a slight increase in the population but that already gone down again.

Characteristics : The Grubbe bantam is very well suited for keeping in small pens. It is a very active breed but easily becomes very tame. The hens lay small white eggs and sit on them. The chicks usually grow up without any problems.

Appearance : The Grubbe bearded bantam is nothing else but a rumpless Antwerp bearded bantam. This means that the vertebrae of the tail and the tail feathers are missing. The rump is nicely rounded and covered by the saddle feathers.

Varieties : The Grubbe is recognized in the same varieties as the Antwerp but most of them don’t exist anymore. Most Grubbes are quail or blue quail and some are black. All the other varieties are very rare.

State : Rare to very rare. Is bred in all parts of Belgium and there are also a few breeders in Holland. Unknown in other countries.