Watermael bearded bantam was grown in Belgium (Watermaal) and was first shown in 1922. It took many years for this breed to cross the Belgian borders. They were recognized in Germany in 1979.
The exterior impression is shaped by a compact figure and bold-looking upright posture. The small looks even more pronounced due to the bulging of the chest and the lowered wing position. The back is short, sloping and hollow. Her relationship with the Antwerp Bearded bantam is clear. In addition, Padua bantam (current Dutch Bearded-crested bantam), Brabançonne bantam and Silkie fly as ancestors. In 1922, the first examples of the breeding of father and son Dresse took place at a local exhibition in Brussels.
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Differences can be seen in the slightly longer shape and softer hair, but above all above the head points with the unique three-piece rose comb with a thorn to the left and right of the long spike in the middle. The small, flattened head is attached directly to the comb so the three-piece comb stays on top. Another breed feature is a three-piece, fully shaggy beard.
- Rooster : 600 g
- Hen : 500 g
they lay 100 eggs a year.
Also known by the names : Watermaalsche Bartzwerge, Barbuta di Watermael, Watermaalse Baardkriel, Watermaal Skæghøns, Brodacz Watermalski, Watermalský Bradáč, Watermalští Vousáči, Watermaali Szakállas Törpe, Vatermalska Bradata Bantamka