Belgian Watermaal bantam

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  • Breed Purpose:
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Egg Size:
    Egg Color:
    off white
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly, males can be aggressive
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    Black, Blue, Buff, Mottled, Quail and White
    Breed Size:
    This is the sister breed to the Belgian Bearded d'Anver and the Belgian Bearded d'Uccle. This member of the Belgian tribe sports a small tassel/crest and a triple spiked rose comb and is rare in the U.S. It is a recognized breed in the American Bantam Association's Standard of Perfection in the following varieties: Black, Blue, Buff, Mottled, Quail and White. Like most Belgians, Watermaal hens are very friendly and lay an average of about 4 eggs per week. Males can be aggressive. The hens tend to be very persistent broodies. The type of the Watermaal is similar to that of the d'Anvers but a bit smaller and should have a much smoother/streamlined appearance (not as angular as other Belgians).
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Recent User Reviews

  1. KristenR
    "Belgian Watermaals"
    Pros - Very friendly, great broodies, hardy
    Cons - Limited availability, hard to find, males can be aggressive
    These Watermaals are my project. They share many personality traits with the d'Anver, the hens being very friendly, excellent mothers and average layers (I get about 4 small eggs per week per hen). They do well in all climates, their crest keeps their rose comb warm and their small size makes them adaptable to heat as well. They keep well in confinement and make great additions to urban flocks. They are also decent on free range (although the crest can limit vision of overhead predators). Most of my Watermaals are a bit more relaxed than my d'Anvers.

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  1. Elbert Garrett
    I never heard of them before...Beautiful little birds! Best of luck with them! :)

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