HomeCountry of OriginBelgium → Barbu de Watermael
The Barbu de Watermael is a small bantam breed from Belgium that is by our reckoning the cutest chicken we’ve ever seen.
On our farm chicken breeds get extra points for hardiness and practicality, and we typically regard them as livestock and not pets. But, after importing the Barbu de Watermael from their native Belgium, we have completely fell under the spell of this beautiful and charming rare chicken breed.

The Barbu de Watermael was created more than a hundred years ago, and it’s unclear exactly which foundational breeds gave rise to this tiny chicken with a unique spined rose comb. With a beard, a crest, and a color palette for its plumage that is extraordinary in its diversity, these friendly little birds seem designed to melt even the most jaded heart. The hens are as small as large quail, and they lay a white egg. Without training they’ll readily learn to eat from your hand and be held as if they were lap dogs. Despite their small size we’ve found them to be hardy as adults, easily settling into the routine of the coop and staying active throughout the day.

Chicks will be available in spring of 2021. Message us by using the contact form at the top of the page to be added to our waitlist.