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Belgian d' Anver


Pros: alerts flock quickly, keeps order, sweet nature, beautiful colors

Cons: full, loud crow

Our Belgian d'Anver rooster is fabulous! He's wonderful with the flock - very protective. He isn't aggressive, but does have a dominant demeanor. He rounds everyone up to roost in the evening. -always sounds the alarm to potential danger when the flock is roaming around and foraging. -is very friendly towards family members, and loves to perch on an arm or in the lap. He is hand fed treats, but usually drops them for his hens to enjoy first. -super, sweet chicken!! -a favorite!


Pros: Sweet, Smart, Tame

Cons: LOUD Crow

I've had my babies since July 2013 and I wanted to review them right away but made myself wait til they got older and personalities had really developed. They are now 6 months old and I am just as happy today with them as I was the day they arrived from the hatchery. They are super healthy, easy to care for and very smart. I read all the information I could find before buying them and saw that the Roosters could be a bit aggressive. So I started out early with treats and trying to get the flock used to attention, being held and being around people in general. Out of 12 Roosters, I am proud to say that only 2 of them just aren't friendly at all. The others are dominant and watchful over the hens but they know I come in and handle their girls and might try to scold me once in a while but there's no flogging. The most dominant one see's me come in the coop and comes and dances at my feet and stays really close but he does it mostly in the hopes of being picked up before the girls are. I've noticed that if I reach for a hen first he will scold me by pecking my hand. If I pick him up first and give him a little scratch behind his head he is fine with the girls being picked up after that. 


The hens are all for the most part very tame and sweet. Some will run to be picked up and if not picked up as fast as they want will fly up on the person who's attention they want. A few of the hens though are perfectly happy to be left alone. They're not aggressive if they have to be handled and they will eat treats out of my hand every chance they get, but they just aren't into the whole neck scratches and loves that the others are. Which is fine by me. I'm surprised that I have ANY chickens who actually like attention so I'll take what I can get!


My girls aren't laying yet. I'm expecting the first egg anytime though and can't wait to be hatching some new babies this Spring. They are literally the cutest chicks i've ever seen and they are so much fun to watch.


I have other breeds. specifically Silver Duckwings, BB Reds, Silver Sebrights and a few Production Reds and while they are interesting to watch and pretty to look at, NONE of them are as impressive as my D'Anvers. I highly recommend them to anyone looking for a pretty, well rounded bird.


Pros: Cute, small, friendly, smart, and energetic.

Cons: Flighty, and goes broody often.

My d'Anver is a little fire ball, she's also very good at figuring things out, especially if it involves food!

She's very friendly and very fun to watch! And great with little children!


Pros: Adorable, friendly, hardy and packed with personality. Make great broodies. Also, the mean roosters taste good.

Cons: Some hens are stubborn broodies. Some males are nasty.

I love these little jewels.  I think my short pros and cons lists sum them up quite nicely.  In fact, much of my life has revolved around my flock since I acquired them in 1998. 


Pros: Friendly, brave, beautiful

Cons: Likes to come indoors!!

We have had a quail Belgian d' Anvers for two years now and she is fantastic! She is my five year olds best friend and follows her around the garden and into the house! Never been broody and lays about four small but perfect eggs a week. When in the garden she talks to you, and loves human company. I have a mixed flock and she really holds her own. Loves cuddles!!!


Pros: Small and easy to take care of, Great free-rangers, Sweet Personality, Beautiful

Cons: Noisy

I've had these birds for about five years now, and they are my absolute favorites, right next to the d'Uccles. I am going to be breeding several variations of this breed this year. I've owned the Quail Antwerp variation for five years, and they are typically very sweet. The hen I have right now isn't too fond of human contact, but she isn't nippy or aggressive. She is an amazing free ranger, and we've even seen her hunting down grasshoppers, so she doesn't consume a lot of feed. She can be a little noisy, but that doesn't both me too much. 


Pros: Friendly there's so much I can say here it doesn't fit lol

Cons: None!

These are probably one of my favourite breeds
They are caring,friendly and can be colourful.
The roosters can be a little flighty twords you but
It's noting its just a little flight at your foot lol.not all rooster
Are like this.They aren't exelent layers and lay small eggs.
But I would still recommend this breed jumpy.gif
I love them!

You gotta GET this breed!


Pros: Protective, pretty to look at, sweet

Cons: LOUD!!!

Got a quail Rooster who is sweet as can be and very attentive to my girls. He's a huge pretty boy but the only downside I can think of is that he is LOUD!


Obnoxiously so. 


That being said, I plan on keeping him around for a long time because he is just that great with the flock. Our Barred Rocks give him no respect though and will peck at him since he's just a young cockerel. I'm sure once he becomes a full-grown bird they'll change their tune though!


Pros: Beautiful colors and very nice little birds

Cons: Rooster can be a little aggressive

I have had these bantams for a year and the hens are great layers. Rooster can be aggressive when hens are broody.


Pros: tiny, smart, hens are GREAT PETS, adorable, lil eggs

Cons: had 1 agressive roo,

We only have one hen quail d'Anvers, but she has more personality then almost any other chicken in the flock.  She sneaks her way into the house to forage the kitchen floor for scraps.  She is best buddies with my 2 year old who hugs her without any fuss, she loves to be held, doesnt run, and will perch happily on my finger.  I once had an aggressive male quail D'Anvers. males of other colors tend not to be as aggressive.

This truly is a special breed.

Belgian d' Anver

The history of the d' Anver Belgian Bearded D' Anver Various miniature fowl are known to have existed in parts of the Netherlands and Belgium for several centuries, although there are no written accounts prior to the early seventeenth century. In the seventeenth century the Dutch artist, Albert Cuyp. is acknowledged to have painted a hen 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 in 1617, which depicted a bearded chicken from the Pays-Bas. Sailors from Malaya were also reported to have imported what was to become d'Anvers into Antwerp towards the end of the seventeenth century. It wasn't until a French book, "Le Poullailler", was published in the mid nineteenth century that a definite description of a Barbu d'Anvers can be found. There is also a good description of a Cuckoo Barbu d'Anvers in a book by La Perre de Roo, written in 1881. 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. One show in 1895 in Brussels saw fifty-one Barbu d'Anvers exhibited. Then at Liege in 1895 a large number, mainly cuckoos and blacks, were exhibited. Expert breeders around Brussels became associated with the "new" breed and the birds were culled more heavily. Many birds were 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 varieties that 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 the breed. 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

Breed PurposeOrnamental
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityMedium
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorLight Brown
Breed TemperamentAggressive,Friendly,Easily handled
Breed Colors/VarietiesThis Breed has 14 recognized varieties: Quail, Black, Self Blue, Blue, Mottled, Cuckoo, Mille Fleur, Blue Quail, Buff, BBR, Porcelain, White, Colombian and Buff Colombian.
Breed SizeBantam
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Comb: Rose
Broodiness: Frequent
Climate Tolerance: All Climates

General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: High
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: Light Brown

Breed Temperament:

Aggressive,Friendly,Easily handled

Breed Colors / Varieties:

This Breed has 14 recognized varieties: Quail, Black, Self Blue, Blue, Mottled, Cuckoo, Mille Fleur, Blue Quail, Buff, BBR, Porcelain, White, Colombian and Buff Colombian.

Breed Details:

Some males can be very aggressive.Females are very friendly and easy to handle.To learn more about this breed check out the Bearded Belgian d' Anver Club's website




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