please help identify these 2 bantam hens

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by romea, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. romea

    romea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2014
    what breed could these two girls be?

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    i am guessing that the brown hen is a barbu d'anvers (bearded d'anvers) but i am lost regarding the black girl.

    she has a great personality and i'd love to know the breed - or breeds involved in the creation of this agile little cutie:

  2. MyMiniFarm

    MyMiniFarm Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 22, 2014
    You have an absolutely beautiful Belgian d'anvers! As for your black hen I would say an old english game cross. Both adorable!
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Your black bird looks like a mixed breed to me. Could have some Old English Game or Japanese Bantam in her.
  4. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

    Jul 24, 2013
    Your black hen looks like a mixed breed, probably with some Old English Game in her. Your other hen is a Quail Belgian Bearded D'Anvers.
  5. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

    Apr 23, 2014
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  6. romea

    romea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 4, 2014
    thank you to everybody!
    i, too, guessed (from my online research - since i know nothing, jon snow ;-)) that the little black hen is a cross and has old english game in her (rather than japanese as the latter is less common around here).
    she is a remarkable little bird and a joy to own. she's bouncy and curious and - since she reminds me of a flamenco dancer for some weird reason - i call her esmeralda.

    i was also assuming that the brown hen is a bearded d'anvers - hence her name: bardu.
    thank you for giving me the full terminology. i was wondering if belgian d'anvers = bearded d'anvers. i guess this clarifies it and means that those names are used interchangeably (?).

    for the belgian bantam lovers, here is another snapshot of her, taken this morning in our livingroom:

    yes, you read that right. i have moved my 4 bantams inside the house. [​IMG]
    the silkies are not very happy in -16 celsius (3.2 F) and the little black hen exposes a large patch of bare skin once her crop is full. so for the next 2-3 months, they will live indoors and alternate between the livingroom during the day - fiercely guarded by my cats...


    ... and an unheated 'sunroom' at night. (as well as outdoor adventures when the weather cooperates.)

    the rest of the flock is still inside the coop - with a radiant heater when the temps drop below -5 (23).
    spoiled chickens...

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