Other common names: Steens Kieksken; Waasse Bantam
he Belgium bantam is a very old breed from the Netherlands. It was found on farms in Western Europe for many years. This breed is the foundational parent of the popular Dutch bantam. Since the creation of the Dutch bantam, the Belgium bantams popularity has waned to the point of border extinction.
Please NOTE: The Belgium bantam is NOT related to the Belgium d’Anver, d’Unccle, or Watermael. The Waasse bantam is the same breed as the Belgium bantam, only it has a rosecomb.
Varieties (Single Comb): Blue Partridge, Partridge, Silver Duckwing, Silver Partridge,
Uses: Brooding, Ornamental, Preservation
Weight: 1 - 2 lbs
Personality: Easy to tame and generally very sweet.
Preferred climate: Moderate
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Poor (1/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Small
fancy feathering, unique colors, pets
A delightful little chicken!
I never intended on getting another chicken, as I had my hands full already with ex-battery hens and pekins already. Yet when I went to an agricultural show one year, I was captivated by a little pen filled with 2 Belgium Bantams. Although both came home, sadly we lost one shortly after. The other was rather unimaginatively called Twinny, and what a little chicken she was! Full of character, I've never had one quite so tame. She would follow me around the garden, helping and hindering my weeding at the same time - she was such a character. Although not the most reliable egg layer, this wasn't the reason I kept her. She did go broody several times, although I can't comment on her parent rearing abilities as I never kept a cockeral. One downside of these bantams is their very feathery legs. In wet weather, they can become caked in mud. If they get muddy and then the temperature drops below freezing this can cause damage to the legs. It is therefore best to ensure they are kept in clean, dry conditions at all times. Being bantams they are useless if you are looking to keep a breed for meat! However, if you are looking for a childrens pet then these are ideal. I found their character second to none and speaking to other Belgium bantam owners, this seemed to be the case with most of them. They are also fairly common, so are not hard to source from a reputable breeder. .
From Lil2016 Sep 6 2016 6:58PM