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Belgian d' Anver

Average User Rating:
4.68182/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb:
    Rose
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    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 Size:
    Bantam
    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
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  • 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 http://danverclub.webs.com/

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Recent User Reviews

  1. AstralStorm
    5/5,
    "The perfect pet!"
    Pros - very curious, hens are very friendly, lay well for their size, tolerate handling well, come when called
    Cons - roosters can be mildly agressive.
    I have been keeping this breed for about 3 years and I love them! I can't believe they're not more popular. The hens are absolutely perfect pets. Very talkative and friendly, the roosters can be a little aggressive but they're so small, it's more annoying than anything. Despite their small size the hens lay about 4-6 eggs a week. This is a very hardy breed and great for children! 10/10 recommend.
  2. Venevee
    5/5,
    "Beautiful Bantams"
    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.
    Overall:
    5
  3. ChickenGrass
    5/5,
    "D'Anvers"
    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
    I love them!
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    You gotta GET this breed!
    Overall:
    5

User Comments

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  1. PaulaMc
    Absolutely gorgeous
  2. TXchickmum
    -could be. He sounds like a very sweet roo!
  3. Chick-a-dow-dee
    BTW: he couldn't be sweeter, I hold him and rub his ear until he falls asleep in my arms. He's really great with the girls and does his job well. I call him George and he comes when he calls. =)
  4. Chick-a-dow-dee
    My roo was sold as an Ameracauna, which I knew was really an EE and that was fine. He produced a pullet who laid pretty green eggs so I'm certain he's part Ameracauna. I always told him (yes, I talk to my roo) that he looked French because his comb looks like a beret. Since I've seen the Belgian D'Anver, I think that's his other side. He's my avatar. What do you think?
  5. nickers
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE Them!!!!!! (did I say I love them??)
  6. hiddenacres
    i have 3 eggs in the incubator and due to hatch between tuseday April 15th and friday April 18th i cant wait too.
  7. Chickengirl47
    I've always wanted one of these...
  8. Phoenixxx
    Rofl! I can't leave my house open in the summer - always come in to find a chicken in the kitchen! One of my red stars (she is VERY unique among her breed) will actually peck on the door in the morning to be let in!
  9. Pamphee
    VERY VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!!!
  10. Hapigrl
    May I ask, how can you tell the sex at such a young age? My babies are a week old. I am dying to know if they are a boy or girl. :)

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