Bearded Anvers

Other Names: Antwerp Belgian

Type: Bantam

The Bearded d'Anvers is a breed of bantam chicken from Belgium. Also called the Antwerp Belgian, both names refer to the breed's origin in Antwerp (the French version being Anvers). The d'Anvers is a true bantam, having no large counterpart from which it was miniaturized. Males weigh 740 grams (26 ounces), and hens weigh 625 grams (22 ounces).

The Bearded d'Anvers is a bantam breed that originates from Belgium. It is a true bantam with no large counterpart. Males weigh a mere 740gms and hens around 625 gms. Also know as the Antwerp Belgian (referring to its origins in Antwerp, or Anvers in French), the breed is closely related to the Belgian Bearded d'Uccle. The breed's initial development period is unknown, but it is considered to have been in existence since the 17th century as evidenced from a painting by Dutch artist, Albert Cuyp; as well as the existence of a pamphlet edited in Paris in 1617 that was in the possession of noted animal painter, René Delin. Around the mid-19th century, number of colour varieties were already in development. The increase in interest in the 20th century meant that it began being exported to different parts of the globe to continue its development. No information can be found on when this breed first arrived in Australia.

The Bearded d'Anvers is a purely ornamental breed, kept either as pets or by poultry fanciers for showing. The hens are docile and friendly, whilst the rooster can be somewhat aggressive. The d'Anvers is a diminutive bird with a large round breast that juts forward. It comes in a wide range of recognised show colours and an even wider range of non-show colours. It has a small rose comb and small or non-existent wattles. It’s earlobes are covered by a profuse beard of feathers.

They are quite suited as pets, and the hen will go broody after forming a clutch of eggs.