Pekin Bantam Chicken

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The basics:
The Pekin Bantam Chicken is a breed which originated in China and was originally known as the "Chinese Shanghai chicken". The Pekin was brought to Europe in the mid-19th century.

There is some debate as to whether the Pekin Bantam is the same breed as the Cochin Bantam chicken. Some poultry experts believe the Pekin Bantam is more closely related to Japanese Bantams, and is a true bantam and not at all related to the larger Cochins.

Types: Bantam
Varieties (Single Comb): Black, Blue, Blue Mottled, Buff, Columbian, Cuckoo, Lavender, Mottled, Partridge, Silver Partridge, Wheaten, White and more
Uses: Brooding, Ornamental, Pets
Weight: 1.75 - 2 lbs
Personality: The Pekin Bantam is very sweet, and makes an excellent pet for children and adults.
Broody: Yes, excellent mother
Preferred climate: Cool and Dry
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Good when no brooding (3/week)
Egg color: White
Egg size: Small - Medium

What else you should know:
Pekin’s collect a lot of mud and debris with their voluminous feathering. Depending on your housing, and if you intend to show, bathing your Pekins may prove necessary. Your Pekins are more likely to pick up mites and lice, than most breeds. Check monthly for mites and lice, and treat with a chicken friendly pesticide.

Show quality Pekin’s can have difficulties with fertility levels, due to their extreme amount of plumage. Vent trimming, and or artificial insemination may be necessary.

If left to walk on snow, feather footed breeds can develop frostbite on their toes. Keep your birds off the snow, or check their feet daily for ice balls.

Pekin’s are lazy and adore food. This can make them prone to fatness, which can cause egg binding, as well as shorten their lives. With grown adults (over two-years) you may have to limit their grain intake, or scatter their feed into clean litter.


true bantam, adorable little chooks, Excellent mothers, sweet temperments, cuter birds


cold season, bit fiesty, little man syndrome, mud, muddy weather


small back yards, profuse feathers, good pets

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