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.
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
Not Moody Just Broody
As our chickens often became house pets as well as living outside, they got very comfortable with us... I have fond memories of our female Pekin Bantam grumpily trying to hatch the computer mouse multiple times - shooing us away and putting up a fight not to lose it! They're so sweet and small but pack their own punch - definitely recommended as a pet, having received mine at 14 and loved them. I found that these adorable balls of fluff ranged from cheekily curious, entertaining and fun, to aggressive trouble makers. Fortunately for me, they spent most of their time accepting cuddles, laying sweet little eggs and generally being amusing. I did however find them to be messy, which could sometimes lead to icky feathers if not careful. Although, allowing them to run around the garden and be kept in a movable, daytime enclosure with grass underneath was beneficial! The main thing I'd advise is to make sure you keep them somewhere safe at night where nothing can tunnel in....
From Bethan Lovatt Dec 14 2016 5:54PM
A great chicken for both farms as well as suburban and urban farmers!
We owned several Bantams on our farm, and they're a hard chicken not to respect and love. Of course they are a "dwarf breed" of chicken, but be under no illusions, there's a reason why there is a "bantam weight" in boxing! They're fearless and will "puff up" whenever confronted.
They are outstanding egg layers, and the females are excellent mothers that are also highly protective of their chicks. The downside to their egg laying is that their eggs are only one-third to half the size of a normal chicken egg. but while their eggs are small, they're nonetheless incredibly delicious and should be put on par with quail eggs. Poached Bantam eggs are a delicacy!
When it it comes to the growing suburban and urban farming movements, this is an undeniably one of the best chickens that you could invest into because of the minimal amount of space needed to raise them. Being great foragers, they'll also take care of any mice, rat, or insect problems you might be having.
Finally, if you have a child that wants to get involved with 4-H, Bantams are an excellent show bird. They're beautiful, easy to take care off, and stated, they have a lot of personality..
From mshawnkirby Jul 28 2015 3:15PM