Association for Promotion of Belgian Poultry Breeds


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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

Waas bantam

Black-red Waas bantam rooster

 

Origin : The Waas bantam or ‘Steens Kieksken’ is nothing more than a Belgian bantam with a rose comb. The exact origin is unknown but they originate from the Land of Waas in the North of East-Flanders.

Characteristics : The Waas bantam is a very easy breed to keep without any special demands. Since they fly very well it is advisable to keep them in a closed pen. That way they become tame very easily if one spends some time with them. Another possibility is to keep them free range in the garden (only in larger gardens with a high fence and tolerant neighbours) and then they wander around all day in smaller groups. A disadvantage by keeping them this way is that the hens will hide their eggs. The hens lay little white-shelled eggs that weigh about 30 to 35 grams and they will easily sit on them. The chicks usually grow up without any problems.

Appearance : The Waas bantam is a breed without many striking features. They are little, without exaggeration and weigh about 500 to 600 gram. The forms are all very rounded and the plumage is rich. The back is short and continues with a nice rounded curve in the tail which is well spread. The rooster has a rather large and rough rosecomb. The comb of the hens is much smaller and inconspicuous. The earlobes are red, without any trace of white. The shanks and feet are slate blue.

Varieties : The most popular variety is black-red. The other recognized varieties are silver duckwing, blue-red, blue-silver, golden duckwing, blue golden duckwing, wheaten, silver wheaten, blue, black and white.

State : Very rare, even endangered. Is only kept by a dozen breeders in the Northern Dutch-speaking part of Belgium. Extremely rare in the South and in Holland. Unknown in other countries. If no new breeders are found, this breed will be extinct in a few years time.