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Cornish Bantams


Pros: cuddly, friendly, likes kids, adorable little crow, rarely picks on other birds, has never attacked or threatened me...

Cons: ...none come to mind...

i've hade my little rooster, Grayson, since he was a chick. he's really sweet to people and to my other birds, and he doesn't mind at all when i scoop him up, hug him, kiss his beak...


Pros: Unique, Uncommon, Friendly, Good Show Birds, Talkative to caregivers, Good Pets

Cons: Small Eggs, Bad Layers

Starburst is my new hen's name, she's a white laced red Cornish bantam and I'm absolutely thrilled to own her, as Cornish are one of my all time favorite breeds of chicken. But for further information on cornish just read this page, I typed all of it. And how I got her is below:



I got Starburst with three other hens for free, the family wasn't home enough to care for their flock so I took a few off their hands. But she was kind of a gross hen that needed her nails trimmed and a bath to look good so I did that now she is really happy. She's getting a POW article too, so watch out for that in the coming weeks :)





Pros: Not overly aggressive with others, likes to "help" with chores, pretty in sunlight

Cons: Loud, heavy, not counting on for eggs

My dark cornish bantam pullet named Loudy got her name for a reason. As a chick, she was very, very loud. She was very flighty and would "alert" the other chicks anytime I was in the room and did something she didn't like. Now, she is only really loud during feeding time, or if I am across the yard and all the chickens are trying to get my attention. She is not as flighty now, but she does not like being touched. She will jump onto my lap and talk to me, but will hop off promptly if I try to touch her. Overall, I do like her because of her personality, but don't think I will be looking for another to add to my flock.


Pros: Sweet, friendly disposition, talkative, reasonable layers pullet year, meaty breasts

Cons: Can be pugnacious to other bantams, not the hardiest breed, best their first year for utility and breeding.

This breed is different from any I've ever had. They do have limitations if you are counting on them for eggs or breeding for years. They give it their best their first year and from then on, they march to a different drummer than other breeds. If you keep breeding them so that you always have first year birds, there's no problem.


They seem to withstand the cold and heat pretty well. They aren't disease proof but they aren't sickly birds either. They have the most wonderful, friendly way about them, with a different sound than most chickens. They quietly vocalize, talking to you if you bother to talk to them. They are always at the front of the door in the morning or walking towards you, greeting you cheerfully when you enter the coop. They don't seem to like being picked up but they do like attention. They are an intelligent breed.


They can be a bit pugnacious to other birds, especially bantams, that are more docile than they are, but they aren't mean. In other words, they don't go out of their way to chase another bird to be hostile or bossy, but they can keep a shy bird away from the feeder or out of the coop for a while. It can be irritating at times but it's part of what makes the breed.  They enjoy being outside and foraging, although with their short legs they don't stray too far from the coop.


Considering the pullets can be decent layers their first year and the cockerels will have a meaty breast within 6 months, they are ideal for one person or a small family. They don't take up a lot of space, they aren't unruly, mean, or make a lot of noise. They can chow down pretty well the first couple of months but after that, they level out on their eating. All in all, I think this is a really great breed of bantam and one of my very favorite regardless of size. 

Cornish Bantams

Cornish Bantams come a large range of colors, from all white to triple laced. These fun yet interesting bantams are talkative social little birds who are sure to please any owner who takes the time to raise a friendly lap chicken.

Breed PurposeDual Purpose
Climate ToleranceAll Climates
Egg ProductivityLow
Egg SizeSmall
Egg ColorLight Brown/Cream
Breed TemperamentEasily Tamed, Friendly, Talkative & Active
Breed Colors/VarietiesDark, White, White Laced Red, Triple Laced, Buff ect.
Breed SizeBantam
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC

Chicken Breed Info:

Breed Purpose:

Comb: Pea

Broodiness: Average

Climate Tolerance: Hot and Cold


General Egg Info:

Egg Productivity: Low

Egg Size: Small

Egg Color: Cream


Breed Temperament:

Easily Tamed, Friendly, Talkative & Active

Breed Colors / Varieties:

Dark, White, White Laced Red, Triple Laced, Buff ect.




Breed Details:

Cornish Bantams are miniature versions of their larger counterparts the standard cornish (large fowl cornish breed page) that are said to have been bred down their size using Asils, Old English Games and Malays (Source; Feather Site). Their original purpose was to have them be bred as superior fighting birds, but quiet the contrary happened, they ended up with a very people friendly bird and a poor fighter. Years and years later the poultry community has ended up with little wonderful birds that always look good a poultry show.



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