Other common names: Barbu de Watermael; Belgian D’Watermael; Watermael Bearded Bantam
The Barbu de Watermaal Chicken was developed in the early 1900's in the town of Watermael-Boitsfort, Belgium. It was created by 'Les Fourgères' hatchery, which was owned by the Oscar Dress family. The Oscar Dresse family desired a bantam that would be kept for utility and great beauty. The genetic makeup used to develop the dramatic appearance of the Barbu de Watermaal is unknown, but the Belgian Bearded d'Anvers Chicken was certainly one of the foundational breeds.
Varieties (Rosecomb): Black, Black Mottled, Black Red, Blue, Blue Columbian, Blue Laced, Blue Quail, Blue Silver Quail, Buff, Buff Columbian, Columbian, Cuckoo, Lavender, Lavender Mottled, Lemon Porcelain, Millefleur, Ochre, Porcelain, Quail, Red, Silver Duckwing, Silver Porcelain, Silver Quail, White, White Lemon Quail, White Quail
Uses: Brooding, Ornamental, Pets
Weight: 16 - 22 oz
Personality: Active and curious, with a sweet and personable nature.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Fair (2/week)
Egg color: Cream
Egg size: Small