Other common names: Java
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.
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.
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.
Bantam chickens, entertainment Chickens, excellent mothers
eggs, pudgy girls
I had three pet Rosecombs. The cockerel passed away when he was very young, but the hens Molly and Bonnie where with me for years. They where friendly hens, that would lay in my arms and lap to be pet. They where serious scroungers with a bit of a pudgy belly. They flew without any problems, and snuggled together on a tree branch at night.
Molly and Bonnie overlooked that Rosecombs aren't supposed to go broody. They would hatch several batches of chicks a year, and could hatch surprisingly large clutches (usually 7 - 13 chicks each) for their body size.
Sadly, I had to rehome the girls as hawks where eating my bantams.
These are not production animals..
From RhodeRunner Oct 16 2009 8:15PM
Eggs and entertainment
Chickens are wonderful! Not only do they lay eggs for you (apart from the roosters of course), they will also be a fantastic source for entertainment - at least I always enjoy watching them during various times of the day.
We have a mixed flock of rosecomb and single comb Bantam chickens (plus we also have an Orpington rooster and two Shaver roosters and some chickens who are a mix of all of that, too). Bantam chickens are fantastic for small farms and the backyard because they are smaller than "normal" chickens and usually (my experience) also very friendly. We have quite a few roosters and none of them ever showed any aggressive behaviour towards people. They also do not fight a lot with each other, but I guess that's because we have plenty of hens and plenty of space for each rooster!
Bantams do not lay as well as commercial breeds. I would say that we get 4 eggs on average from each hen every week. The thing with Bantams is that they love to be clucky and you need to keep an eye out for them. They also love hiding their eggs in places, sit on them and then turn up with chicks! And they can fly very well and sit in trees - so never believe a person who says that chickens can't fly!
Bantams aren't really ideal beginner's chickens but if you are dedicated and don't want big chickens, then Bantams are the best choice. Rosecombs can sometimes have really strange looking combs, so I'd recommend you to have a look at some photos before you make a decision. I, personally, prefer other types of combs but I love all my chickens!.
From Wairua1983 Jun 28 2013 12:31AM