Other common names: Hollandse Krielsen
The Dutch Bantam Chicken is a very old breed of poultry which was developed in the Netherlands in the 1600’s. The original Dutch Bantams are believed to have been brought to the Netherlands by Dutch sailors who were returning from the Indonesian Islands.
Varieties (Single Comb): The Dutch Bantam comes in a variety of colors, but the following are recognized: Blue Cream Light Brown, Blue Light Brown, Cream Light Brown, Black, Light Brown, and Silver. Other colors that are not recognized include, White, Red Plye, Wheaten, Blue Partridge, Lavender, and many more.
Uses: Ornamental, Pets
Weight: 19 - 21 oz
Personality: These sweet and inquisitive miniature chickens make great family pets, especially for children.
Preferred climate: Warm
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Fair (2/week)
Egg color: Tinted
Egg size: Small
What else you should know:
To prevent your Dutch bantams from getting eaten by hawks, or flying away, an enclosed pen is suggestible.
tiny chickens, smallest breeds, great pets, urban areas, friendly chicken, lovely tail
moderately productive egglayer, cream colored feathers, long black tail, richest tasting eggs
My fav Chicken
I loved my Bantams. Always nice to handle and be around. They were relaxed and not easily worked up about much. Good layers and a pleasure to have around. They kept my garden weeded and my hedges clean. My yard has never looked so good.
From PetIQ Feb 23 2018 5:30AM
Necessary for Flock Health
Providing adequate space for all flock members is necessary for maintaining flock health. When chickens don't have enough space disease can spread rapidly and the flock can become ill and die. It is recommended to have a minimum of four square feet of space for each chicken in a coop. .
From Mia B 9 days ago
Good Hens - Bad Rooster
I owned these with my family for several years. They were great while we had them- or at least the hens were. We had them in a coop where they could nest and lay, and it opened during the day into an enclosure made of chicken wire, about 400 square feet. It was enough for them to run around all day. The laid quite well, more than my family could eat, and we gave away eggs to friends every week.
The chickens were also quite pretty, as is typical of this variety. The hens were calm, and would let you herd them. The rooster, however, was not. He was quite aggressive, and tried to attack most people when they went into the enclosure. This only lasted about two years, as one day he flew at my mother, who happened to be holding a shovel... *ping* Mom - 1, rooster - 0. Shortly after, as we were looking for a new rooster, racoons got into the enclosure and finished off the hens. The rooster had obviously been protecting them.
So- great hens, great layers, but chickens (especially roosters) can be quite nasty. If you're out in the country a bit that may, apparently, be necessary.
Side note- the enclosure was well constructed. Racoons are just very, very crafty..
From PatricksPets Jan 10 2015 3:31PM