Rosecomb Chicken

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Other common names: Java

The basics:
The Rosecomb is one of the oldest bantam breeds of chicken and may have been developed in the 14th century in Britain. Their popularity as an ornamental breed first took flight after King Richard III began to raise them. Their popularity among poultry enthusiasts continued in to the 19th century, and Rosecombs were shown at the first North American poultry exhibition in 1849, as well as being admitted in to the first edition of American Standard of Perfection in 1874.

Throughout Europe, the Rosecomb bantam is called the Java bantam. This can create confusion, as the Java is another breed entirely in the United States.

Types: Bantam
Varieties (Rosecomb): Twenty-five color varieties exist, Black, Black Breasted Red, Blue and White are the most common.
Uses: Ornamental, Pets
Weight: 16 - 22 oz
Personality: Friendly, chipper and easy to handle. Some roosters are aggressive.
Broody: Occasionally
Preferred climate: Any
Handles confinement: Yes
Egg production: Poor
Egg color: White
Egg size: Small

What else you should know:
Rosecomb bantams often suffer from poor fertility, so it is recommended to have fewer hens penned with your breeding males. Hatching can also be a challenge, as embryos often die near hatching time. Proper incubation conditions (humidity in particular) are very important for Rosecombs to hatch well.

The chicks are slow to mature, and should be raised separate from active breeds.

Bantams fall victim to hawk attacks quite easily. To keep your Rosecombs safe, an enclosed pen is recommendable.


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Rosecomb Chicken

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