Other common names: Barbu D’Anvers; Antwerp Belgian Bantam; Antwerp Bearded Bantam; Belgian Quail Bantam
The Belgian Bearded d’Anvers Chicken is a true bantam breed which was developed in Belgium and the Netherlands in the 16th century. According to the Belgian Bearded d' Anver Club Of America, "By the late nineteenth century the Antwerp Bearded Bantam (as the d'Anvers was then called) was becoming quite well established, with Cuckoo being the most common color, followed by Black. They became more popular in the 1890's when poultry shows were being staged regularly."
"In 1904 the "Club Aviucole du Barbu Nain" (Bearded Bantam Club) was founded in Brussels and soon afterwards the Antwerp Bearded Bantam (the Barbu d'Anvers) greatly increased in popularity and numbers, and became the national breed of Belgium."
The Bearded d'Anvers Bearded d'Uccle is closely related to the other Belgian bantams, particularly to the Belgian Bearded d'Uccle Chicken. The difference between the two breeds is that the Barbu d'Anvers is clean-legged and has a rose comb, and the Barbu d'Uccle is feather-legged and has a single comb.
Varieties (Rosecomb): Any
Uses: Brooding, Eggs, Ornamental, Pets
Weight: 1.25 - 1.5 lbs
Personality: These active and sweet chickens make great family pets. Roosters can become aggressive during breeding season.
Broody: Yes, excellent mothers
Preferred climate: Moderate
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Fair (2/week)
Egg color: Tinted
Egg size: Small
What else you should know:
Roosters can become aggressive during breeding season. These birds can fly very well, so an enclosed run is recommended.
bearded chicken, distinctive quail markings, friendly nature, good range birds, diminuitive size
feisty spirit, small food requirements
Is the Belgian Bearded d'Anver the right breed for you?
These are adorable little birds and hand raised hens typically have equally endearing temperaments. Although typically friendly, some hens do not like to be held and some males are aggressive to people, so catching them can be a challenge at times. Otherwise, their small size and typically friendly nature makes them easier than most chickens to hold and handle. For somebody interested in a cute backyard pet or a couple of hens, the hens can't be beat with their personalities, low space and small food requirements. The hens lay large eggs for their size and typically put out about 3-5 eggs a week during the spring and summer, although egg production varies according to the strain. D'Anvers also tend to be well fleshed for their size and flavorful, but this also depends on the strain. Their small size and thick feathering makes dressing birds out quite a bit of work relative to the amount of meat you get (think quail-sized) and so this bird is not typically revered for it's production qualities. This thick feathering combined with their small wattles and combs help these birds cope with colder weather well in spite of their small size, and although they do not seem to handle the heat quite as well they can be acclimated to warmer conditions. They typically fare well in the show room and do not require the additional special care that higher maintenance crested or feather-footed show birds do. Out on the range these tiny birds are susceptible to predation by hawks and raccoons but can otherwise make good range birds provided they have a safe coop to retreat to and be enclosed in at night. Like most breeds of chickens, they can be aggressive with one another (particularly males) and do not always do well under crowded conditions. Roosters, unfortunately, tend to be aggressive and thus may not be ideal for young children or people with little patience, although hens are ideal for all ages. Health and vigor varies from strain to strain, but tends to be average compared to most breeds of chickens. Birds that come from breeders who select for genetic resistance to disease tend to be hardier than others. .
From KristenR Jan 30 2012 1:47PM
A Chicken as Charming as They Come
I am poultry farmer/breeder that has raised over 80 breeds and the d'Anvers is in my top 10 favourites. This breed has an endearing temperament and feisty spirit. Their diminuitive size and features such as their muff and rose comb are as charming as their personality. Great for a backyard or farm setting; wonderful for children. They are well worth having as a flock addition..
From Phasian Apr 7 2012 11:50AM
Beautiful and Crazy
My BB d'Anvers rooster has a disagreeable temperament, nearly impossible to handle, distrustful, aggressive with all other roosters, nearly impossible to catch. Though he is often handled he never get's used to it and fights like crazy to get loose. By far the most flighty bird I have ever owned.
Good forager and extremely beautiful feather arrangement and appearance.
Not a good breed for eggs or meat, strictly ornamental in my experience.
Really good cold tolerance and average heat tolerance..
From MT_Goat_Farmer Feb 18 2014 2:10PM