Barbu de Watermaal

Watermaalsche Bartzwerge (German)
Watermaalse Baard Kriel (Dutch)

A Watermaal cockerel
Photo courtesy of Sascha Michel

This Belgian bantam resembles a d'Anvers with a small, rearward-facing crest. The cocks weigh 20-22 ounces and the hens 16-18 ounces. It has a rosecomb with 3 prominent spikes and a beard and muffs. It appears in around 30 varieties, including Mille Fleur, Quail, White, Blue and Cuckoo. They tame quite easily, but the males may get aggressive in defending their hens. These males should not be bred so as to eliminate this aggressivity from the breed.

The Barbu de Watermaal was developed early in the 1900s, by Antoine Dresse, in the Belgian town of Watermaal-Bosvoorde. No one knows which breeds were used in its development, other than the Barbu d'Anvers.


Breed clubs:

The British Belgian Bantam Club
Nicki Firth
Sarum Lodge, Barrells Road
Thurston, Burry
St. Edmunds IP31 3SF
UK
phone: 01359 230448
e-mail: belgianclub@aol.com

ZOBK: Breeders Club for Rare True Belgium Bantams
The Netherlands


Watermaal Links:

A page on Barbu de Watermaal from The Netherlands (in English)

Watermael bantams at Snyder's Waterfowl


A pair of Blue Watermaal
Photos courtesy of Sascha Michel

A pair of Cuckoo Watermaals
Photos courtesy of Sascha Michel

A White hen and a Blue Red cockerel
Photos courtesy of Sascha Michel

Another pair of Barbu de Watermaal
Photo courtesy of Dale Freeburn

Two shots of a Black cockerel
Photos courtesy of Sascha Michel

A male Watermaal bantam
Photo courtesy of Dale Freeburn

Mille Fleur Watermaals
Photos courtesy of Sascha Michel

Another Barbu de Watermaal pullet
Photo courtesy of Sascha Michel


Watermaal bantam chicks
Photo courtesy of Dale Freeburn


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