The Pyncheon is a true bantam, and has an old and mysterious past. They are thought to have been developed from birds brought to northeastern United States ports by foreign ships, possibly from Belgium. Pyncheon Bantams were owned by the writer Nathanian Hawthorne, and were described in his novel, House of Seven Gables. According to Mr. Hawthorn, the Pyncheons have been in the United States since the mid-1700’s.
Varieties (Single Comb): Mille Fleur, Porcelain
Uses: Ornamental,Pets, Preservation
Weight: 22 - 24 oz
Personality: The Pynchoen is very sweet and enjoys human companionship. Cockerels are very proud and love to have crowing competitions, with their squeaky crows.
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Fair, when not brooding (2/week)
Egg color: Cream to Brown
Egg size: Small
What else you should know:
Pyncheon’s should be housed in enclosed pens, otherwise they can quickly turn into hawk bait. They should also not be expected to walk through snow accumulation.
Pyncheon’s are very rare and inbred. Many lines have troubles with fertility, and crossbreeding has been necessary. Cull hard for health, and provide proper care, housing, feed, and parasite care, and your birds will be better off for it.
affectionate bird, diminutive size, excellent brooding hens
Pyncheon Bantam, an affectionate bird and a great brooder.
These chickens are of diminutive size, but they are very pretty birds. They came to Britain from the continent (possibly from Belgium) and were very popular show birds during the 19th century.
We have always kept bantams of several breeds because many are excellent brooders. We often used them as surrogates for the eggs of hens and ducks to encourage the larger breeds to keep laying.
Some bantams have a reputation for being aggressive, but most of these breeds derive from Indonesia (indeed, it is Bantam in Indonesia that gives us the name for this diminutive type of chicken). The Pyncheon bantam is a true bantam and will never weigh more than about 400g. When you see them, they really are a scaled-down version of a 'normal' chicken.
The Pyncheon Bamtam has mottled plumage that is a mix of russet, white and black and the tips of the tail are typically black. They also, unusually, have a tuft of feathers behind the comb. One you have seen one, you cannot easily mistake for any other breed.
Personally, I have never been a big chicken fan. But bantams are another matter... they are just so cute. It's probably the diminutive size, and when you add good marking as well this makes for a pretty bird. Parental instincts kick in and you just want to lift them and give them a cuddle. It's pretty good that the Pyncheon bantam is a very time bird and the hen will settle comfortably into the crook of your arm. Particularly if you stroke her. But, as with all fowl stroke with the direction of the feathers, unless you are experienced enough to take and individual feather and mimic preening.
Like all chickens, they require plenty of fresh water, which needs to be replenished often. They are also an old breed and do better if they have some greenery in their diet. If not allowed to roam outside their diet should be supplemented with fresh greens. They particularly like chickweed and young goosegrass (they are excellent at controlling these weeds if you have a garden) but household leftovers from brassicas, carrots and beets can also be used to supplement their diets.
Bantams, being excellent brooding hens are great for rearing all kinds of game species and we used them to brood partridge and pheasant eggs as well as chicken eggs..
From DLlE Sep 2 2012 2:47PM