The Nankin is a bantam breed of chicken which originated somewhere in Southeast Asia, and is thought to be one of the oldest known bantam chickens. One of the true bantams, the breed is a naturally small fowl with no large counterpart from which it was miniaturized. Today, Nankins are only recognized by the American Bantam Association, and are not accepted in to the American Poultry Association's Standard of Perfection. A U.S. breed club was formed for the first time in 2006.
Unfortunately, the Nankin is currently highly endangered, and has been given a classification of "critical" by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. The "critical" category means, "Fewer than 500 breeding birds in the United States, with five or fewer primary breeding flocks (50 birds or more), and estimated global population less than 1,000."
Varieties (Single & Rose Combs): Black Tailed Chestnut
Uses: Brooding, Exhibition, Pets, Preservation
Weight: 22 - 24 oz
Personality: The Nankin is very friendly, and tends to make a great pet, and exhibition fowl for children.
Broody: Yes, excellent mother
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Poor
Egg color: Cream
Egg size: Small
What else you should know:
It can be difficult to hatch Nankin chickens in the incubator, as their eggs are round shaped.
Rosecomb Nankins are more suitable for colder climates. However, the breed is small and shouldn't be expected to walk through accumulated snow.
good foragers, great moms
tiny hens, little commercial value, small eggs
Single Combs, smallest breeds
These guys are funny to watch. I read somewhere that they stayed in packs for protection. It's true. When I let them roam the pasture they always stay in a tight group, never straying far from each other.
They are very sweet, nice, very little chickens. Another true bantam. They will sit in your lap. Although they can fly quite well, they are not flighty at all. They like staying on the ground and are good foragers. These tiny hens are great moms. They'll even sit on eggs almost as big as them.
Commercial value comes only through selling to other heritage breeders. They do lay really small eggs. So I have been able to sell their eggs as novelties around Easter time. Other than that, they really have very little commercial value.
From jmcdan May 26 2010 4:21PM
Conservators of Nankin Bantam
“The American Livestock Breeds Conservancy mission is to protect genetic diversity in livestock and poultry species through the conservation and promotion of endangered breeds. These rare breeds are part of our national heritage and represent a unique piece of the earth's bio-diversity. The loss of these breeds would impoverish agriculture and diminish the human spirit. We have inherited a rich variety of livestock breeds. For the sake of future generations we must work together to safeguard these treasures.”
“Breed information about Nankin Bantam Chicken, The Nankin is an ancient breed of fowl that is thought to be one of the oldest known bantam chickens. The bird’s initial point of origin is obscured in history going back beyond all known records. There is evidence that the bird arrived in England prior to the 1500’s and there is even speculation that it may have been present well before then.”
Conservators Nankin Bantam Fowl has a diverse breeding stock of pure bread Nankin Bantam Fowl. Breeding stock was collected from Alabama, California, Oregon and Washington . Our Nankin are rose comb and straight comb free ranging flock.
Carol Hansen 541-514-7693.
From NankinBantams Jul 13 2014 7:23PM