Barbu de Watermaal and Barbu d'Anvers! These two lovely breeds are closely related, with glorious beards, wide chests, and proud stances. The Watermaal has a more slender build with a closed tail, while the d'Anvers is quite upright with an open tail. A hundred years ago, the developer of the Watermaal breed began his journey, but did not document the making of the Watermaal. We do know that d'Anvers were involved, and a line of silkies with a trifid rose comb - a rose comb with three spikes on the back.
We were able to obtain two lovely cockerels from a breeder in Tennessee who has worked hard on developing Watermaal here in the states. Tolkien and Lewis have been helping us develop our own line of Watermaal, a charming breed sporting a backswept crest, along with the unique trifid comb. They worked hard to help us produce a flock of black Watermaal this year, all of whom carry the mottled gene. All carry one copy of the crest gene and one copy of the trifid comb gene. We will be working towards a flock that is mottled and carries 2 copies of both the crest and the trifid genes.
We presently have a small flock that will begin producing black, white, and mottled birds in spring 2022. Most will be Watermaal, but there will be some non-crested d'Anvers also. Our flock has a beautiful Watermaal rooster with 3 Watermaal girls and one d'Anvers girl to keep genetic diversity high. Can't wait to see the lovely babies in the spring!