These are some of the bantam breeds that we currently keep.

POLANDS

WE KEEP SILVER LACED, GOLD LACED, BLUE/SPLASH & CHAMOIS.

The Poland is the most popular of the crested breeds. It is also one of the oldest. It has been known as a pure breed as early as the 16th century.

The Poland is an unusual and beautiful bird. They do look rather strange with their big hair do!

They lay a good number of white eggs & are classed as a non-sitting bird. The Poland has a thin skull and can suffer from hypothermia quite quickly in the cold. Mites need to be looked out for, as they cannot preen themselves very easily to remove them.

Colours of the Poland are very varied. The chamois, gold and silver are all laced, there are solid colours, solid with white or coloured crests and splash coloured variations available. We keep both the straight and the frizzle variations.

The crest of the female should be very round with the males being spikier.

 They make great pets for children as they are very docile.

         

    

PEKINS

WE KEEP LAVENDER, BLACK MOTTLED  AND BLUE MOTTLED, CUCKOO, GOLD PARTRIDGE, SILVER PARTRIDGE, BUFF, LEMON, WHITE, CHOCOLATE FRIZZLE AND BLACK

The Pekin is a very gentle bird. They are good layers of small eggs but may go broody, making them great mums. They make excellent pets for children as they are tame.

They settle very well and require little space. Pekins can look rather pale and anaemic if not allowed on grass to forage. They tend not to scratch around in flower beds so are good birds to keep in an urban garden. With all their feathers they actually look larger than they really are. All colours have short legs and feathered feet and toes.

They are normally a robust and long-lived bird that loves company. Pekins are a lovely bantam & very popular breed here in the UK. They are available in a whole range of colours.

       

 

WYANDOTTE BANTAM - SILVER LACED, COLUMBIAN AND CARAMEL PARTRIDGE

Wyandottes originate from the United States and no one really knows which breeds were used to create the Wyandotte breed. They were first reported in the 1860s and the first variety was the silver laced variant.

They are a larger type of bantam chicken with a particularly rounded appearance. They have broad bodies and are full feathered. The hens have a deep breast and backside which shows that they are good layers. The Wyandotte has yellow legs with a round, short head, rose comb, bright red ear lobes and reddish bay eyes.

Wyandottes are hardy, docile birds and the hens tend to make good broodies and mothers.

 They lay well and chicks tend to be strong and are quick growers. Their attractive ""curvy"" shape, generally good disposition and many attractive colour patterns (varieties) make them a good choice for everyone especially for the novice poultry keeper.

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CHOCOLATE ORPINGTONS

The Black Orpington was created and introduced in 1886 by William Cook. This new hybrid bird was then named after William's residence in Kent. To create the black he crossed it with Minorcas, Plymouth Rock and Langshans. The White Orpington followed 3 years later and was a cross between a White Leghorn and a Black Hamburg and a White Dorking. This was not such a popular colour at the time. The Buff Orpington was introduced later as people wanted a buff coloured bird. The Queen Mother was apparently a keeper of this bird.

Orpingtons are birds which like to be free range. They have a very strong tendency to go broody and therefore make great mothers. Their eggs are small and pinkish. They are greedy birds and need exercise to keep fit. Their wingspan is short therefore they can be kept in areas with low fences.

 

 BELGIAN BARBU D'ANVERS- BLACK

The Belgian Barbu D'anver is a fantastic small bantam breed. Their friendly temperaments and tameness make them ideal as pets or first introduction to chickens. 

In appearance all d'anvers are bearded and muffed, they have clean legs and a rose comb.

They lay small creamy white coloured eggs.

Belgian bantams make attractive additions to any small garden as they adapt well to being confined in runs or even allowed to free range.

The breeding pens we have at present are quail colour, millefleur, cuckoo, black, white, lavender and colour versions.

 


BARBU D'UCCLES - MILLEFLEUR, PORCELAIN

LIGHT SUSSEX BANTAMS

SABLEPOOTS - LEMON MILLEFLEUR

DUTCH - GOLD PARTRIDGE

OWLBEARDS - CHAMOIS 

JAPANESE - BLACK TAILED BUFF

PLYMOUTH ROCKS - BUFF