Association for Promotion of Belgian Poultry Breeds


Large fowl




Large fowl

|Aarschot fowl |Bruges game |Herve |Liège game |Zingem laying fowl
|Ardenner |Famenne |Hesbaye |Malines |Zottegem
|Brabançonne |Flemish cuckoo |Izegem cuckoo |Tirlemont game |Zwalmvalley fowl

Tirlemont game

A white Tirlemont game rooster



Origin : The Tirlemont or Brabant game was first mentioned in 1884. It originates from the triangle formed by the provinces of Brabant, Limburg and Liège but especially from the region around Tienen (Tirlemont).

Characteristics : Besides an impressive number of eggs, the Tirlemont also produces a large quantity of very fine and tasteful meat. One should always remember that some bloodlines still tend to be aggressive so both sexes are best raised separately. Once the order is settled in a group, Tirlemont game are docile birds which can become very tame if they are paid enough attention to.

Appearance : The Tirlemont is a striking bird 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 appearance of the Tirlemont is very similar to the Liège game with the key difference being the total absence of dark pigment in the Tirlemont. Regardless of the variety, a Tirlemont should always have white skin, a white beak and pinkish white shanks. The face and comb should always be bright red and the eyes orange. The head of the Tirlemont is somewhat finer than the head of the Liège. The comb is triple and preferred as small as possible. In contradiction to most other breeds, spurs are desired in the hens.

Varieties : The Tirlemont game comes in several varieties but the most typical is cuckoo. Other recognized varieties are black, white, blue, wheaten, blue wheaten, golden cuckoo, black-red, blue-red, silver duckwing, blue silver, golden duckwing, blue golden duckwing, birchen, blue birchen, yellow birchen and blue yellow birchen.

State : Endangered. The Tirlemont game is one of the most endangered Belgian breeds. There are only a handful breeders left in Flanders. Unknown in other countries.