- Breed Purpose:
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- Light Brown/Cream
- Breed Temperament:
- Easily Tamed, Friendly, Talkative & Active
- Breed Colors/Varieties:
- Dark, White, White Laced Red, Triple Laced, Buff ect.
- Breed Size:
Cornish Bantams were first introduced to the public as Indian-Game bantams in 1887. The have the same make-up as the large fowl Cornish: Aseel, Black Red Pit Game and Black Red Malay was used to create the bantam, with the addition to crossing the bird with a Black Red Game bantam to create these bantam size birds. The Indian-Game name was officially switched to the Cornish in 1920. It is not known when the the bird was first imported to the United States, but the breed first appeared at the St. Louis show in 1904.
Cornish bantams are not good layers, with hens averaging 2 eggs per week. They are therefor more popular as meat chickens, partly due to their large breast size, which makes them an appealing table bird.
It is recognised by the American Poultry Association.
Cornish bantam chick
Cornish bantam hen
Cornish bantam rooster
Chicken Breed Info:
Climate Tolerance: Hot and Cold
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Low
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: Cream
Easily Tamed, Friendly, Talkative & Active
Breed Colors / Varieties:
Dark, White, White Laced Red, Triple Laced, Buff ect.
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.
Chicken Breed Photos:
Recent User Reviews
"My Favorite Breed"
Pros - super Friendly, cute, funny to watch run around, larger eggs for bantams when they lay, don't peck other chickens, not aggressive.
Cons - non I can think of!
I've had 8 bantam cornish over my chicken owning times and still have two of them Holy and Beatrice. They are seriously the sweetest chickens ever. My Holy is probably around 3 years old now (id have to check to make sure) and she has grown A LOT no like really A LOT! She is a bantam and was maintaining weight but then started gaining again! Beatrice won Grand Champion of all Poultry at my county fair and there was a lot of poultry!
"Inquisitive, loud, not aggressive with other..."
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.
"Great all around little birds"
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.