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Bassette Chicken

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Willem Hoekstra

The basics:
The Bassette chicken was created by W. Collier around 1917. The breeder's goal was to have a smaller chicken that would producer larger eggs. During, World War II the breed almost became extinct. The few birds that remained were revived by professor Willems, of Gendt University.

Types: Semi-bantam
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Blue Quail, Buff Columbian, Silver lavender Quail, Silver Quail, Quail
Uses: Eggs, Ornamental, Preservation
Weight: 2 - 3 lbs
Personality: Energetic, but will tame with handling and treats
Broody: Yes, usually in late spring
Preferred climate: Moderate
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Very good (4/week)
Egg color: Cream
Egg size: Medium

What else you should know:
The Bassette chicken is easily bored, and prone to feather pecking. To prevent this with chicks, use a read heat bulb. If experience feather pecking with adults, give them more space, or sprinkle their feed into straw.

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