Japanese Bantam Chickens
One 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.
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
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.
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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