Millefleur Watermael bearded bantams
: The Watermael is an active bantam that’s busy all day long. They are
very affectionate and can easily be made very tame just like the other
bearded bantams. The hens lay very good and the white-shelled eggs can
way as much as 35 to 40 gram. They brood easily and are good mothers.
: The Watermael bearded bantam is a gracious and refined small bantam
that weighs about 500 to 700 gram. It resembles the Antwerp bearded
bantam a lot but on closer inspection there are some differences. The
Watermaal is slimmer and more streamlined and its tail is carried
somewhat lower. What they both have in common is the asymmetrical body
of which the front is much heavier than the back and the well-developed
trilobed beard. The Watermaal also has a very striking crest on the back
of its head. This crest cannot be broader than the skull and may not
interfere with the bird’s vision. The comb of the Watermaal is unique.
It is a rather small rosecomb, almost as broad as long, which ends in
tree instead of one spur.
: This breed is recognized in a large number of varieties and regularly
new ones are presented. The most common varieties are undoubtfully
quail, blue quail and black. Other recognized varieties are : white,
blue laced, lavender, blue, buff, red, cuckoo, silver quail, blue silver
quail, white quail, white lemon quail, millefleur, porcelaine, ochre-white porcelaine, black mottled,
blue mottled, lavender mottled, black-red, silver duckwing, columbian,
columbian blue, buff columbian, buff columbian blue. In other European
countries there are also lavender quail,
lemon porcelaine and silver porcelain Watermael bearded bantams but
these are not recognized in Belgium.
: Moderately spread. Only a few varieties are common in Belgium. All
other varieties are rare or very rare and usually in the possession of a
very limited number of breeders. Also moderately spread in Holland and
the last few years also in Germany. The Australian Watermael bantams are
not related with Belgian birds.