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Japanese Bantam Chickens

Japanese Bantam Biddie or ChickOne of my readers of this blog, Pamella, sent over a link to a Craigslist posting that was selling some Japanese Bantams. She wrote and said, “I sent u a posting of chickens 4 sale from craigslist in my area that u may interested in discussing in your blog”. Well here it is and thanks for the suggestion.

If the cute picture of the baby chick doesn’t appeal to you then maybe the adult bantam chickens will.  I personally do not have any of this chicken breed but I have seen them at local fairs.

They are a beautiful breed.  Miniature in size but not lacking in color.  And from what I experienced, the size does not diminish their noise level.  Very loud and shrill!  You cannot deny that they are in the neighborhood if a rooster is present.

Japanese Bantams

The Japanese Bantam chicken breed is a miniature sized chicken with distinct features of large comb, large wings that touch the ground, squirrel-tailed feathers and very short legs. A great show bird and good pets according to some. My pictures do not portray, but there are a variety of this small breed such as, Black, White, Black Tailed, Birchen, Mottled, others.

Here are a few other features of this chicken breed:

  • Lays tiny white egg
  • Good layer
  • Large single comb
  • Weighs approximately 1.3lbs.
  • Excellent brooder and protective mother
  • Generally friendly, cocks can be aggressive
  • Some are fliers but tolerates confinement also
  • Not suited for fowl weather due to short legs and fancy feathering
  • Due to a genetic characteristic in Japanese bantams there is no such thing as a pure short legged Japanese.
  • Great poultry show birds and very popular

Colorful Japanese Bantam Rooster

Just the stature of this bantam rooster makes him look mean to me. He looks very proud and ready to take on anything! Very intimidating for his size.

White Japanese Bantam Rooster

Don’t ya just love this picture?  The red barn background with the stunning white rooster.  Gorgeous!  But beware…check out the spurs on this dude! I wouldn’t dare turn my back on this one. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that all of the roosters in this small breed attack, but I have heard and read some stories. Maybe if I decide to take the plunge and add some of this chicken breed to my flock, I will stick mainly with the hens or either be on my guard.

As always, if there is a breed you would like me to highlight, send me a shout.

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31 Responses to “Chicken Breed Series #8–Japanese Bantam”

  1. Hi Carole,

    What cool photos! I have two white japanes Bantams that I received from our local zoo. I don’t know if they are a roo and hen yet, but time will tell! They are indeed tiny. They are living with the regular chickens and seem to be doing just fine. I think they are aggressive enough to take care of themselves.

    Interesting post!

    dons last blog post..Harvest Time?

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    luce Reply:

    Hey I have one of these chickens he is a black and white roo its his first show and I think he will do well they are a beautiful breed

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  2. I happened to come across this blog on an unrelated search.

    What I’m going to say is very serious, although it might seem that I am being insensitive, I assure you that I am not.

    About 30 years ago I lived on a farm where we had about 20 laying hens. One of them escaped and the german sheppard/collie mix dog that we had killed and ate the chicken. From that point in time, the dog was always looking for a chance to sneak into the chicken house to have himself a chicken. It even got so bad that he would dig under the wall of the chicken house to get in and kill a chicken. After several of the chickens had been killed and we were unable to stop the slaughter we were faced with a dilemea — Get rid of the dog or the chickens. We gave the chickens to someone who lived about two miles away.

    The moral of this story is that you must do whatever it takes to prevent your dog from killing a chicken in the first place. Once they have killed one they “acquire a taste” for killing them and will stop at nothing to do so.

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  3. Itsme, Thanks for stopping in and commenting. I have experienced what you wrote about and do agree. Before moving to FL I lived on a farm and we had a german shepherd. The dog killed one of the many calves that we had so we ended up getting rid of the dog. As you stated, once they “acquire a taste” it is almost impossible to break that habit.

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  4. Don, I saw your lovely little bantam chickens on your sight. Very cute! Thanks for dropping in and commenting.

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  5. I have been raising gray japanese bantams for about 3 years.And i would like to say that i have not had one problem with the roosters being aggresive. they have never flogged a person and are very gentle. the only time they show agressiveness is between another rooster.they can take care of themselves.my daughter has shown them at our county fair for the past 3 years.and recieved reserve champion with her hen.

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    Jason Reply:

    I have kept this breed for many years. I also have never had a problem with the roosters being aggressive to people. They have sweet natures. They only will fight with each other. I keep black tail whites and pure white Japanese bantams. They free range in my garden and at night or when i go out i round them up into their run.

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  6. Angie, Congrats to your daughter and her champion hen. I’m sure it is a thrill to her. I’m glad your roosters are not aggressive. I’m sure there are exceptions in every breed. I recently purchased an Australorp rooster because I read they were gentle. Well he was not! I couldn’t turn my back or he would be running after me. I got rid of him fairly quickly. Unfortunately this rooster has taught me not to trust any rooster no matter the breed.

    Thanks for stopping in and commenting!

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  7. I want to buy a pair of dutch bantams wer can I buy this is e mail lorenzo8a@sbcglobal.net

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  8. I want to buy pure japanese bantham chicken, pls. help me find 2 sts

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  9. Hello,

    I am looking for young Japanese Bantams in Northeast Ohio. Love this site. The info is great! five27@att.net

    Cathys last blog post..Chicken Nest Box Giveaway

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  10. I BROUGHT SHE SMALL JAPANESE BANTAMS CHICKS.THEY ARE GROWING VERY SLOW. IS THERE ANY THING I CAN DO TO MAKE THEM GROW FASTER.THANKS

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  11. I HAVE A TRIO OF JAPANESE CHICKENS, AND HAVE BRED THEM SUCCESSFULLY, BY JUST LEAVING NATURE TO TAKE ITS COURSE, IVE EVEN LEFT THE COCKEREL IN WITH THE HENS HE SITS THERE GUARDING THEM!BUT YES THEY ARE SMALL FOR WHAT SEEMS LIKE FOREVER! I FEED THEM TRUKEY POULTRY GROWER – THEY LOVE IT!

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    harvey sellers Reply:

    where do you live.. are you close to n.c.

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    Carole Reply:

    Live in NE Florida not too far from NC

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  12. I have had many of the Mottled Japanese bantams over the years, and never once have I had any cock or young cock attack anyone. If anything, they are the most gentle of all the bantams I have had. The mother hens with chicks are very aggressive towards other hens and the dominant cocks would always flog the young ones, but that was usually when he was fooling around with the old man’s ladies.
    Some things I have noticed:
    -Easily made to be a pet, hen or rooster (will sit on my leg & eat from my hand).
    -Hens tend to gorge themselves. Very greedy (I don’t like that)
    -SOME hens leave the chicks at 3 & 4 weeks of age. That is too young.
    -Every hen and cock will be different. Some will be very short; others larger. Some will be mostly black with few white spots; others the exact opposite.
    Overall I really like this breed and despite what people say, if you can house them in colder months they are cold tolerant (to a degree).

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  13. does anybody ship bantams to st.croix,u.s.virgin islands im trying to get some bantams .if any body can help please email me. thanks

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  14. Nice web site. I enjoyed reading about particular breeds. Very useful.

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  15. I found your site by accident. I have had japanese bantams off and on for years. The birds in your photos are pretty, but not good examples of japs. Show japs have short legs, carry their tails upright- not squirrell tailed. They are not aggresive unless made that way by their owners. They are a very old breed, used as lawn ornaments by the ruling class in Japan. Some thought they were sacred.
    Thanks

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  16. nice pics i myself breed several japanese bantams as well as nankins-sebrights-seramas-oeg-dutch and other rare breeds of bantams.i try to breed for show and to sell fanciers who love the bantams like we all do.

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    Robert Bui Reply:

    Please contact me. I’m interest in purchasing some of your bantam chicken. I live in Orange county California. Please call 714-478-2678

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  17. i am looking to start showing bantams..would like to show japanese bantams.. is their bantam chickens close to shelby n.c. or lincolnton n.c.

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    vincent basler Reply:

    showing chickens is a lot of fun, but i would warn any one new to the show chicken world to stay away from japs. they are very entertaing but amoung the hardist chicken to breed do to the leathel jean they carry you cant breed short legs to short legs or a large number of chicks will die in the egg just before pipping of the egg witch takes place only a day or so before they hatch so breeding short leged hens to mid length rosters is nesisary breed short leged hens in sted of roosters becase the hen shares much more of here dna with the chicks the the male ad that with tricky colors like grey brown red and black taild white and others you have a reel hand full that will make even a pro feel over his head at times

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  18. i raise brown red old english,and my brother raises gray japs. this year all our chicks have shafting in thier feathers. most often in the chest. i have ben told that only breeding two year old birds will make it more clear, whether or not the breeder has good color, but what do i do when all my breedes have shafting and so do my chicks. if any one hase info to share i would love to here it also looking for black or blue japs. in mi area

    firstnameboonbasler@yahoo.com

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  19. I am having two pairs of young japanese banthem……. If anyone wants to buy contact me at shivam.sivasundaram@gmail.com

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  20. I have some 18 week old Japanese bantams some are black and the others are mottled..
    And I love them all..there not aggressive at all from what I’ve seen yet..
    But I have hand raised each and everyone of them..
    I do have a hen and a rooster for sale..
    And they are $20 each…
    So if anyone is interested please shoot me an email and I’ll send ya some pics if you’d like some.
    They are very sweet and loving birds..I love them all…

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  21. Love these birds! Japanese bantams are my very favorite chicken breed. I have 2 roosters currently, and neither are at all aggressive; in fact one of them is, in my opinion, the best rooster ever. He’s very sweet and gentle with the hens.

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  22. Hi to all, i have a mottled jap hen can i breed her to a blk tailed white roo? or a white jap roo? would this make more mottled. if you can help that would be great

    thanks

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