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Beginners guide to pekin bantams

  1. amyschickens1
    Pekins make lovely pets and are great with children.
    Are you looking for some pekins than contact [email protected] and we might have some. In America people call them cochins but here in UK and Ireland we call them pekin bantams.
    Read on to find out more about this breed:

    Feeding
    We feed ours on bantam pellets or game pellet mix and a bit of corn (but chickens love wild bird seed) , mealworms and bread.
    But to be honest all they really need is corn , grit in spring and once a week in winter and water. They love bread and will happily eat children's crusts.
    Warning - do not feed them normal chicken pellets because they are to big for them. If you do use them mash them down with water.

    Hutches
    Our bantams are kept in a long rabbit hutch. But in the past we have kept them in normal chicken hutches. But its a lot cheaper to keep them in rabbit hutches.
    Warning - neither buy hutches that have nails in it and neither buy hutches if there roof could easily collapse and neither buy hutches that can easily be tippled over.

    Runs
    We keep ours free range but in the past we've kept them in a pen. The pen can be quite small it can be either wood bark or grass. Its good to add a shelter as well as the hutch.
    Warning - neither keep pekins in muddy runs/pens because of there feathered feet.

    Free Range
    Our Bantams are free range and they love it because of there feathered feet they can hardly scrap. But you do need to research on what predators you have around. Raccoon's, Pine martens, weasels and the odd hawk or 2 may try to get your chickens. But we see hawks (Buzzards) every day and they have neither attacked our bantams.
    Warning - make sure there are no hazardous objects or poisonous plants in your garden.

    Eggs
    They lay creamy white smallish eggs . They lay about 180 plus eggs a year. If you start noticing that the eggs are messy then it may mean you need to clean out.
    Just to say you do not need a cockerel for a hen to lay eggs

    Colours
    They come in many colours I will name a few standard colours (a standard colour is a colour that is excepted in shows) I've also added in some show standards heres the standard colours for the Uk:
    The Black:
    Male and female plumage: Rich sound black with lustrous beetle-green sheen throughout, free of white or coloured feathers (Note: some light undercolour in adult males is permissible as long as it does not show through).
    The Blue:
    Male and female plumage: A rich pale blue (Pigeon blue preferred) free from lacing, but with rich dark blue hackles, back and tail in male.
    The Buff:
    Male and female plumage: Sound buff, of a perfectly even shade throughout, quite sound to roots of feathers, and free from black, white or bronze feathers. The exact shade of buff is not material so long as it is level throughout and free from shaftiness, mealiness or lacing. (Note: A pale ‘lemon buff’ is usually preferred in the show-pen).
    The Cuckoo:
    Male and female plumage: Evenly banded with dark slate on light French grey ground colour.
    The Mottled:
    Male and female plumage: Evenly mottled with white at the tip of each feather on a rich black with beetle-green sheen.
    The Barred:
    Male and female plumage: Each feather barred across with black bars, having a beetle-green sheen on a white background. The barring to be equal proportions of black and white. The colours to be sharply defined and not blurred or shaded off. Barring should continue through the shaft and into the underfluff, and each feather must finish with a black tip. Plumage should present a bluish, steely appearance free from brassiness and of a uniform shade throughout.
    The Columbian:
    Male and female plumage: Pearl-white with black markings. Head and neck white with dense black stripe down middle of each feather, free from black edgings or black tips. Saddle pearl-white. Tail feathers and tail converts glossy green-black, the coverts laced or not with white. Primaries black, or black edged with white; secondaries black on inner edge, white outer. Remainder of plumage entirely white, of pearl-grey shade, free from ticking. Undercolour either slate, blue-white or white.
    The Lavender:
    Male and female plumage:
    The lavender is not a lighter shade of the blue Pekin. It is different genetically and is of a lighter more silver tint without the darker shade associated with the normal blue. The silver that is most obvious in the neck and saddle hackle feathers of the male.
    The Partridge:
    Male plumage:
    Head dark orange-red, neck hackle bright orange or golden-red, becoming lighter towards the shoulders and preferably shading off as near lemon colour as possible, each feather distinctly striped down the middle with black, and free from shaftiness, black tipping or black fringe. Saddle hackle to resemble neck hackle as nearly as possible, Breast, thighs, underparts, tail, coverts, wing butts and foot feather, hock feather and fluff lustrous green-black, free from grey, rust or white. Back, shoulder coverts and wing bow rich crimson. Primaries black, free from white or grizzle, secondaries black inner web, bay outer, showing a distinct wing bay when closed.
    Female plumage:
    Head and neck hackle light gold or straw, each feather distinctly striped down middle with black. Remainder clear light partridge brown, finely and evenly pencilled all over with concentric rings of dark shade (preferably glossy green-black). The whole of uniform shade and marking, and the ground colour of the soft brown shade frequently described as the colour of a dead oak leaf, with three concentric rings of pencilling or more over as much of the plumage as possible.
    The White:
    Male and female plumage: Pure snow-white, free from cream or yellow tinge, or black splashes or peppering
    The Birchen:
    Male plumage:
    Hackle, back, saddle, shoulder coverts and wing bows silver white, the neck hackle with narrow black striping. Remainder rich black, the breast having a narrow silver margin around each feather, giving it a regular laced appearance gradually diminishing to perfect black thighs.
    Female plumage:
    Hackle similar to that of the male. Remainder rich black, the breast very delicately laced as in the male.
    The Silver Partridge:
    Male Plumage:
    Head silver-white, neck hackle silver-white, each feather distinctly striped with black and free from shaftiness, black tipping or black fringe. Saddle hackle to resemble neck hackle as nearly as possible. Breast, underparts, tail coverts, wing butts and foot feather, hock feather and fluff, lustrous green black, free from grey or white. Back, shoulder coverts and wing bow black. Primaries black, free from grizzle; Secondaries – black inner webb, white outer, showing a distinct wing bay when closed.
    Female plumage:
    Head and neck silver white, each feather distinctly striped down the middle with black. Remainder silver grey, finely and evenly pencilled all over with concentric rings of dark shade, (preferably glossy green-black). The whole of uniform shade and markings with three concentric rings of pencilling or more, over as much of plumage as possible.
    Here is the Non standard colours:
    Gold Partridge
    Blue Partridge
    Blue Pyle
    Porcelain
    Bobwhite
    Wheaten
    Chocolate
    Millfleur
    Black Red
    Blue DuckWing
    Brown Red
    Buff Columbian
    Buff Cuckoo
    Lemon Cuckoo
    Creole
    Furness
    Lavender Columbian
    Lavender Cuckoo
    Lavender Mottle
    Mealy
    Splash
    Salmon
    There are many more but that's just what I know of please comment if you know of any more colours.

    Pekins and Children
    Pekins are great with children. If handled right pekins love to be held and will often jump on your lap for a cuddle.
    Jobs for children under 6 years old
    Having a pet can teach children responsibility. There's is jobs that children under the age of 5 can do to get involved with chickens and get outside more like collecting the eggs feeding the chickens.
    Jobs for children's between the ages of 7 - 10 years old
    Having a pet teaches children responsibility and can also make them more popular at school. At the age of 7- 10 years old they can check them over every day. Feed and water them and let them out in the morning.
    Jobs for children /teenagers age 11 years old plus
    Having pets teaches children responsibility and can make them more active and spend a lot less time on electronics. At the age of 11 years old plus they should be able to feed and water twice a day, let out in morning, close door at night, check them over every day and clean out once a week in spring, summer, Autumn and once every 2 weeks in winter. Under the watching eye of a parent.

    Roosters
    Pekin bantam roosters do not make much noise unless they are crossed with something else then they might become louder. They are not aggressive but if they do peck you try too hand feed them or hold there feet with your hand and turn them upside and keep it like that for 2 -3 minutes or chase them/he for 3-8 minutes. All of those techniques show them your boss. Male Chickens have loads of different names (if you don't agree with some of the names or want to add some please comment to share your opinion :
    Cocks (they have to be older than 1 year old to be called a cock)
    Cockerels (the really name for a male chicken younger than 1 years old)
    Rooster (traditional name for a male chicken0
    Roo ( short for Rooster)


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  1. amyschickens1
    thanks for feed back
  2. ChickenGrass
    Great Job Amy
    Here in Ireland and uk
    We use the word pekin bantam
    But in America they use bantam Cochin
    So maybe you should just mention
    That so they know the breed
    Goodluck

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