A pair of blue yellow birchen Bruges game
: The Bruges game takes a special place among the other game fowl. It is
remarkable because of its large and powerful appearance. An adult
rooster weighs about 5 to 5,5 kg and an adult hen about 4 kilos. The
carriage of the body is upright and the flat back is hardly sloping.
Probably this last characteristic was emphasized too much over the years
to create an artificial bigger difference between the Bruges and Liège
game. The back should be as large as long though. The thighs are very
muscular and the slate-blue shanks are very powerful, thick and rather
long. In contradiction to most other breeds, spurs are desired in the
hens. The head is very powerful and shows very prominent eyebrows. The
face and the comb are heavily pigmented and purplish red till almost
black in color. The combination of the form of the head and the dark
color makes it very striking and reminds a bit of a bird of prey. The
comb is triple and preferred as small as possible.
: The Bruges game comes in several varieties but the most original ones
are blue and blue yellow birchen. Other recognized varieties are black,
white, black-red, silver duckwing, golden duckwing, blue golden duckwing,
birchen, yellow birchen and blue birchen.
: Very rare. There are only a few breeders left in the Dutch-speaking
northern part of Belgium. Sporadically seen in the South of Belgium,
Holland and Germany.