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

Herve bantam

Black Herve bantam rooster


Origin : The exact origin of the Herve bantam is not known. They sporadically appeared since half of last century but the never had a prosperous period. They are identical to the very ancient large Herve fowl in every feature except of course size.

Characteristics : The appearance and character of the Herve bantam is identical to the large Herve fowl. 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 Herve bantam is a small bantam that weighs 550 to 650 gram. It is a proud rather cubic bantam with rounded forms. The face, wattles and single comb are always bright red. The eyes, beak and shanks are always dark in the black and blue varieties but respectively orange, white and pinkish white in the cuckoo variety.

Varieties : There are only three recognized varieties. The most common one is black. The other two are blue laced and cuckoo. These last two have a specific name, ‘mauheid’ and ‘cotte de fer’.

State : Rare to very rare. Only bred in the Southern French-speaking part of Belgium. Unknown in other countries.