Pekin Bantam Chickens
Bantam Chickens are a smaller version of popular chicken breeds which make a great addition to any flock.
They don't have a lot of use as commercial birds due to their small size but make wonderful pets.
They are notoriously hard to sex when young chicks so we make no promises of sex when selling them younger than 21 weeks.
Bantams are good layers and will lay around 4 eggs per week; these eggs are about half the size of a standard chicken egg.
Bantams get extremely broody and whilst this does make them great mothers and comes in handy for breeders trying to hatch eggs, it does pose a problem to the health of the hen.
They will gather up every egg they can find and sit on them until they hatch, if there are no cockerels in your flock then the eggs will never hatch so the hen should be dissuaded from doing this by making sure all eggs are removed each day and getting as much daylight into the nesting area as possible.
The most popular type of Bantam is the Pekin Bantam. They are very friendly hens who are great with children with their smaller size making them much easier to manage*.
Pekins come in many different colours including: Lavender, blue, silver partridge, red partridge, blue mottled, Columbian, cuckoo, mottled, buff, black, white and wheaten.
*Bantam cockerels can be quite aggressive and should be kept away from younger children.
Bantams will happily live with any other breed of chicken but care must be taken when first introducing them.
All new chickens squabble to enforce the social hierarchy but as the Bantams are so much smaller they are at a massive disadvantage when it comes to defending themselves.
Pekin Bantams are the Jack Russel of the chicken world, although half the size they will still pick fights with much larger birds and will inevitably loose, because of this it does take them longer to integrate into a flock than normal hens.