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Belgian Bearded d'Anvers Chicken

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Bearded Belgian d' Anvers


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Posted Nov 29, 2011

Belgian Bearded D' AnverVarious miniature fowl are known to have existed in parts of the Netherlands and Belgium forseveral centuries, although there are no written accounts prior to the early seventeenthcentury.In the seventeenth century the Dutch artist, Albert Cuyp. is acknowledged to have painted ahen with the distinctive Quail markings, which later became associated with the d'Anvers.Also, René Delin, a noted animal painter had in his possession a pamphlet edited in Paris in1617, which depicted a bearded chicken from the Pays-Bas. Sailors from Malaya were alsoreported to have imported what was to become d'Anvers into Antwerp towards the end of theseventeenth century.It wasn't until a French book, "Le Poullailler", was published in the mid nineteenth centurythat a definite description of a Barbu d'Anvers can be found. There is also a good descriptionof a Cuckoo Barbu d'Anvers in a book by La Perre de Roo, written in 1881. By the latenineteenth century the Antwerp Bearded Bantam (as the d'Anvers was then called) wasbecoming quite well established, with Cuckoo being the most common color, followed byBlack.They became more popular in the 1890's when poultry shows were being staged regularly.One show in 1895 in Brussels saw fifty-one Barbu d'Anvers exhibited. Then at Liege in 1895 alarge number, mainly cuckoos and blacks, were exhibited. Expert breeders around Brusselsbecame associated with the "new" breed and the birds were culled more heavily. Many birdswere bought and sold from the Sunday poultry auctions at the Great Market of Brussels.Michel van Gelder is credited with creating the excellent type and most of the color varietiesthat we see today. He was a wealthy fancier from Brussels who searched Belgium, France.Holland and Germany for bearded bantams in order to obtain excellent stock to establish thebreed. In 1904 the "Club Aviucole du Barbu Nain" (Bearded Bantam Club) was founded inBrussels and soon afterwards the Antwerp Bearded Bantam (the Barbu d'Anvers) greatlyincreased in popularity and numbers, and became the national breed of Belgium

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