Other common names: Chabo
The Japanese Bantam Chicken is a true bantam breed which is distinguished by its large, upright tail and short legs. Japanese Bantams are known for their friendly, docile personalities, and are popular ornamental and show chickens.
According to the Japanese Bantam Breeders Association (JBBA), "Japanese Bantams began to appear in Japanese art around the year 1635, right about the time Japan closed its shores to outside trade. Also, it appears in Dutch art of the same era. This suggests to me that Dutch spice traders probably carried the Chabo as gifts to the Japanese from the Asian spice ports; likely from Java. The very word "chabo" originates in Java as chabol, where it means "dwarf" and applies both to humans, and to the short-legged Chabo chicken."
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Black Tailed Buff, Black Tailed White, Blue, Blue Tailed White, Brown Red, Buff, Cuckoo, Grey, Mottled, and White. Japanese bantams can also come in the Frizzle, or Silkie feather types.
Weight: 1 - 1.5 lbs
Personality: Sweet and charming, the Japanese bantam makes a great pet.
Preferred climate: Moderate
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Poor (1/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Small
What else you should know:
Japanese bantams are low to the ground, and extra care will need to be taken to keep their legs, wings, and feet clean.
Special precautions may be taken to keep your bantams safe. Hawks (and other birds of prey) are fond of bantam chickens, so an enclosed pen should be considered.
Japanese bantams can be a challenge to breed because of their short legs, which are caused from a lethal gene. When two short legged birds are breed together approximately 50% are short legged, 25% die in the shell, and 25% have long legs.
excellent foragers, excellent pets, sweet chicken, little birds, big red crests
good eating, egg laying
independent little guys, precocious attitudes, excellent fly catchers
The Japanese Banty: striking little birds that are fun to have around
The Japanese Banty is a breed I bought purely for fun and aesthetics. The roosters are strikingly good looking, with white bodies, big red crests and black tails. When I saw photographs of them I couldn't resist ordering a handful to add to my coop.
These little birds did indeed to turn out to be stunning. However they really are essentially just ornamental. Tiny in size, they certainly don't make good eating. And as for egg laying, well, I never had a chance to find out. My Japanese Banties were eaten by a mink who snuck into my coop one night when they were just under 4 months old.
My banties stuck to themselves and never integrated with the rest of the flock. They stayed together as a little group and did everything that way, including getting eaten.
I was quite heartbroken by their loss, possibly more so than by the loss of any other of my chickens. There was something about their precocious attitudes and striking plumage that made their absence much more notable than most.
If you're looking for a very pretty little bird that adds action and colour to your flock, and aren't worried about getting eggs or meat, give these banties a try. Flighty but excellent fly catchers, you'll enjoy having them around..
From HeleneMarie Jan 23 2015 12:41AM
Japanese Black Tailed Buff Bantam
I have a Black Tailed Buff rooster and 2 of the same hens. Again, they are show birds and pets. I get usually an egg a day from the girls. I have found these little guys to be very friendly if you take the time to spend with them and mine come running to get a treat when I come outside. They like to be handled and snuggle right against me. They are excellent foragers to the point of throwing their feed out of the container and eating it off the floor. Mine talk all the time, much more so than my D'Uccles do. They are hardy little birds and healthy, but do not take to weather extremes either way. With the roos, you need to make sure that your roosts in the coop are low enough and far enough away from ceiling and walls so that their gorgeous high carried tails don't rub or break off, as it will be next molting season before they are replaced. They are independent little guys, but have a lot of personality and make excellent pets, as I mentioned, IF you spend the time with them. If you don't, they can be very independent and stand offish.
Mine do very well at the shows, usually always taking best variety or best breed and a blue ribbon or plaque is frequent also. The buff color seems to be rare here in the south as I had to look for over a year to get a show quality bird.
From vhausgraaff52 Jan 30 2012 7:46PM
I have 1 rooster and 2 hens of this breed.
They are a joy to look at and are not aggressive, but are very timid and lack personality. I average an egg a day between the 2 hens and house them with a silkie roo, and the japanese bantam roo is with some of our other chickens.
I don't reccomend them if you are planning on doing anything with them that would involve NICE chickens, and honestly, I regret ever getting this breed.
They have a good home, and I'm not going to throw them away just because I don't like them..There are good and bad chickens in every batch, and I may have just gotten 3 of the bad ones.
From Maggie Oct 31 2009 10:54PM