Association for Promotion of Belgian Poultry Breeds


Association

Large fowl

Bantams

Waterfowl

Turkeys

Bantams

|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

Liège game bantam

A splash Liège game bantam hen

 

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 Liège 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 Liège game bantam and large Liège 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 Liege game are one of the largest chicken breeds. The difference between Liège and Bruges game bantams is that the Liège has a very sloping back. In general they are also a bit longer and smaller and also the legs are a little longer. 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 birchen and yellow birchen. Other recognized varieties are black, white, blue, black-red, silver duckwing, golden duckwing, blue golden duckwing, blue birchen and blue yellow birchen.

State : Rather rare. At the moment the most common of all three Belgian game bantams. Is bred in all parts of Belgium. Its popularity is increasing in Germany.