Pekin BantamsFebruary 8th, 2011 at 15:59
Pekin Bantams Are A Very Attractive Breed That Will Adorn Any Garden
Pekin Bantams Background & Appearance.
There are a lot of confusions in the chicken world between the bantam type of Cochin chickens and the Pekin Bantam. The Cochin bantam has a full sized fowl, whereas the Pekin is classified as a true bantam, having no large fowl counterpart.
Both Cochins and Pekins were imported from China in the mid 19th century. Pekin lovers insist the birds were stolen from the Emperor of Chinas private collection, whilst other chicken fanciers believe that the Pekin is a derivative of the Cochin.
Whichever version is the truth, the Pekin did not get accepted in its own right until 1969 at the Birmingham Poultry Show.
Standards in the UK state the bird should appear round and have a single comb. They are heavily feathered including their legs and feet. They do resemble a feathered ball.
Pekins have a characteristic tilt which makes it look like their heads are closer to the ground than their tails. They are available in a whole range of colours; lavender, blue, silver partridge, red partridge, blue mottled, Columbian, cuckoo, mottled, buff, black, white and wheaten. All colours have short legs and feathered feet and toes.
Caring For Your Pekin Bantams.
Due to the Pekins small size, it doesn’t require as large aspace as bigger birds to free range, so the normal garden lawn is ideal. In fact they can get a bit pasty if not allowed to forage on grass.
Due to their feathered feet they don’t often scratch around, so you flower beds and vegetable patches are generally safe from disruption.
Pekins love company and make super pet chickens for small children, as even little tots can manage to pick them up. They also are a very robust bird and live a long life.
Try to keep them away from muddy areas as (like Silkies , Cochins & Brahmas) their feathered feed can develop mud or fecal balls which left unattended can develop into claw or toe loss. So please check daily.
Pekins are good layers of small eggs and do get very broody, if you want to breed Pekins they do make excellent mothers.
Pekin Bantams Are An Excellent Choice Of A Pet Chicken If You’ve Only Got A Small Garden. They’re Also Probably The Best Chicken Pet For Small Children.
Here’s a small gang of Pekin Bantams scratching around…
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