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Nankin Bantams Reviews


Sweet little guys!


Pros: Docile, pretty, broody, gentle, calm

Cons: Can be shrill, can fly just about from birth :)

I heard Nankins were a good breed to use to hatch out quail eggs, so I found them at Ideal Hatchery and ordered a bunch. I was surprised at how quickly they could fly! And by how lovely these little birds are. They are pretty and sweet little guys. Mine are all calm, easy-to-catch and gentle when held — that's without my spending a lot of time handling them. I also have roosters living together and there has been no squabbling, they even roost beside each other at night. They can be shrill but mostly they're quiet and keep to themselves. I have them in with a black Cochin, and they get along great. One hen is setting a clutch currently and I'm hoping for a successful hatch. Big thumbs up.
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Nankins are the "Hidden Gem" of the bantam chicken breeds.


Pros: Gentle, excellent broodies, the cocks will help take care of the chicks, and males tend to get along well.

Cons: Hard to breed true for plumage color and shank color; tend to lay eggs as clutches of 8-11 and can't adequately cover all of the eggs due to hen size.

I have raised Nankins since 2002 and they quickly became my favorite bantam breed. They tame very well and get along very well with each other, the hens are great broodies, and a pleasant trait of the cocks is that they have retained the ancestral jungle fowl trait of helping the hen with the chicks! That is, when a brood of chicks is about four weeks old, the hen will go back into lay again and produce another clutch of eggs and set on them. Meanwhile, the cock will take over the care of the older chicks. I have seen this again and again in my flock, with the roo' taking on the role of mama hen, taking the chicks foraging and even letting them hide under his wings while resting. This...
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Very good breed!


Pros: Docile, friendly, social, alert, clever, stay close to coop

Cons: hard to find

I was lucky enough to come across a person in the same province as me who lives about an hour and a half away. So, I decided that I want to try to breed these guys eventually. Considering they are rare...especially in North America and being that they are a breed from the 1500's England.   This breed is really good as pets, they are friendly ( I bought mine as adults and I was surprised that I could even handle them so well on the first day.), docile and they are very alert and clever.   I live behind a wooded forest reserve and of course there are going to be birds of prey in the area. The other day, I went out to open the door for the girls and I was feeding them inside...
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Pros: sweet sweet sweet. calm sooo cute!!!!

Cons: none

LOVE LOVE LOVE these little guys. almost makes you want to cry they are just that cute. and the eggs are wonderful! small but ooooOOOOooo so good!  went to take an egg out of the nest and a little hen came in and started her grrrrp grrrp grrrp jumped in the nest and  instead of pecking me,she sat on my hand in protest. If I had to chose only one breed, this would be it. did I say I LOVE this breed?

Nankins are wonderful little guys!


Pros: Good at foraging, Alert for danger

Cons: Difficult to catch

I have Nankin hens and roosters. They stay close to the coop and don't seem to want to range far away. Even though they can fly over the fence, they tend to stay inside the fence since it is a large fenced area.   I get about 3 tiny white eggs a week from our one hen that has started to lay (she is older than the others). I am going to let them breed and brood their own young.    The reason I love them SO much is that the roosters are very nice to me. No aggression noted at all, and they get along with each other fairly well, too, even though there is the usual rivalry over mating. I want to keep all the boys and not send them away because of their gender. This...
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Amazing Little Birds


Pros: Smart, Loving, Social, and Beautiful

Cons: VERY good fliers, small eggs, slow growers.

I absolutely love this breed. My little Nankin, Ruby, loves to perch on my arm and paces her cage when I leave her alone.    She flies very well too.   I would recommend this breed to ANYONE! (Although they are critically endangered, you would probably have to order some from big time breeders)
Free Feather

Beautiful, and much like true chickens


Pros: Wild, curious, very broody, adorable, street smart, good foragers, good flyers, charming roosters

Cons: Clutches too big to cover well

I love these adorable bantams! For me, the gamier the breed the better, and Nankins combine a bit of calm domesticity with behaviors true to their ancestors, making them perfect for someone who wants a game breed that at times can be a good lap chicken. They forage very, very well, they do not take up much space, they are wary of predators, they fly very well, they go broody at the sight of a clutch, and they are very skilled mothers. They are wary of humans, but their natural curiosity makes them easier to tame if you desire a friendly chicken. The roosters are good fathers, and get along well with other roosters and chicks. I can keep this breed at a 1:1 ratio with no issues. They will...
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Great little bird!


Pros: small size, very friendly, good forager, alert, broody--will sit on anything

Cons: tend to be picked on, can fly high and far, does not like to be separated from flock

We love our Nankin hen. She's very sweet and good natured, excellent bird for beginners or kids. She comes when called, she's an excellent bug hunter, likes to sit on your lap (or head, or shoulder), and alerts the other birds to dangers. She's very broody which is either a good or bad thing, will sit on any egg or egg-shaped object (golf balls, walnuts, etc.). She does not like to be separated from the flock. Because of her small size and sweet nature, she is at the bottom of the pecking order, but she gets special human attention so she seems to be happy. Our hen can and does fly. She has no problem clearing a 10ft high fence, and we've found her on the garage roof a few times....
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Love These Little Birds!!


Pros: Great Show Birds! They are sweet and easy to handle.

Cons: Not great egg layers

I love these birds. They are great show birds. They have beautiful colorings. I love their expressions and personalities. They do not lay eggs. my nankin has had a problem with eggs. Overall these birds are amazing! 

Mix Nankin is awesome!


Pros: Very gorgeous, awesome coloring, unique, sweet

Cons: hard to find

I have a mix OE/Nankin she is the sweetest thing in the world, then i have 2 of her lil sisters & 1 brother of hers that are also pretty cool
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