Barbu d'Anvers History
The Barbu d'Anvers (bearded of Antwerp) originate from Antwerp in Belgium. (Anvers is French for Antwerp). The d'Anvers is a true bantam as there is no large breed equivalent. There are lots of different varieties under the umbrella of Belgian bantams and they are becoming much more popular in the show world and as pets. It's exact origins are unknown, but it dates back to the 16th century, probably developed in the Netherlands.
The breed has a small rose comb and clean legs. Mainly bred for showing, the hens are very friendly and make wonderful pets. The males have been known to be aggressive towards people, so best to only keep a male if you intend to breed this little chicken.
Barbu d'Anvers Behaviour
With its distinctive beard, the Barbu d'Anvers is an ornamental breed developed for poultry showing. Being so small, they are great for children to handle. This breed has a very “show off nature”. particularly the cock, who will strut about with his head thrown back and wings carried forward. Their beard covers their earlobes and very small/nonexistent wattles. It has a large breast, an arching tail and copes well with confinement. It has been said that allowing the breed to free range and not over crowd the chickens will increase their life expectancy. Hens are very friendly and they lay small creamy eggs. They lay 3 eggs per week, do go broody and make good mothers.
Cocks weigh around 740g, Hens 625g. Due to their small size, a secure run/free ranging area is important, as they are good at squeezing through small gaps to explore their surroundings. They are also good flyers, so you might need to clip a wing to prevent escapees.
Barbu d'Anvers Varieties
Porcelain, black, blue, buff, cuckoo, white, mottled, quail, Mille Fleur.
Barbu d'Anvers Status
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