Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Posted May 20, 2014
Bacardi and Cola came to us as very nervous hens. They were terrified of our flock and spent a good few months hiding under the hen house or in the apple trees. However, they have since come into their own and are now quite comfortable with the others. All chickens take a while to get used to the pecking order of a new flock, but these bantams were especially nervous. Finally, they are more friendly with the others, but still often take to roosting by themselves with only each other for company. They are fine with people and often come for a stroke. They each lay an egg a day, small and white but very tasty. They don't make a lot of noise compared to their hen friends, and they keep themselves very clean. Bacardi is always gleaming white, whatever the weather, and Cola keeps her black fluff well-preened. They are beautiful birds - Cola is developing a petrol-like sheen to her black feathers at the moment and looks stunning. They are very much a double act and I would recommend getting more than one if you have larger hens in your flock; the smaller birds band together, naturally lower in the pecking order and needing company like themselves.