or Naine du Tournaisis

or the Captain's Little Chicken

A Tournaisis rooster
Photo courtesy of the Association for the Promotion of Belgian Poultry Breeds

This Belgian bantam was frequently kept onboard freight ships on the River Schelde. From this it received its local name, the Captain's Little Chicken.

They are found only in a Mille Fleur type pattern, but it is important that the markings are irregular and differ in all individuals. Some pencilling may appear on the hens' plumage.

They are good layers and good mothers.

Tournaisis Links:

The ZOBK Breeders Club on the Tournaisis

Tournaisis chicks
Photos courtesy of Mary Sobczak -

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