Dutch

Average User Rating:
4.5625/5,
  • Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb:
    Single
    Broodiness:
    Frequent
    Climate Tolerance:
    All Climates
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size:
    Small
    Egg Color:
    White
    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Flighty,Easily handled,Bears confinement well
    Breed Colors/Varieties:
    In the US- Light Brown, Blue Light Brown, Cream Light Brown,Blue Cream Light Brown, Mille Fleur and Blue Mille Fleur,Citroen,Buff Columbian, Blue Buff Columbian, Wheaten, Silver, Black, Blue, White, Self Blue/Lavender
    Breed Size:
    Bantam
    APA/ABA Class:
    Single Comb Clean Leg
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    The Dutch Bantam, as its name implies originated in Holland. The first mention of the Dutch Bantam as a breed is in a Hague zoo record from 1882, and the first Dutch Bantam club was founded in 1906 in Holland. There were various landraces of bantams found in the Netherlands for hundreds of years similar to the current Dutch Bantam, and the originating stock for those birds is thought to be birds that sailors brought back from the Dutch East Indies.

    Dutch bantams were first imported into the US in the 1940’s, but these birds disappeared and it wasn’t until the breed was imported again in the 1970’s that they became popular, especially as a show bird. They were recognized by the APA in 1992. They are found in dozens of colors, especially in the Netherlands, in the US the most popular color is probably Light Brown.

    One of the smallest breeds of bantam, they are also one of the true bantams (not found in a standard size). As a very small, quite friendly bird, Dutch Bantams are a good choice for the urban chicken keeper looking for a small productive breed that also makes good pets. For bantams, the hens are exceptionally good layers, and stories have it that the Dutch Bantam was historically so popular in the Netherlands because it laid such an abundance of small white eggs which could be kept by the farmer, who was required to turn over large eggs to their landowner. The hens do go broody on occasion and will make good mothers, they are so small though that they can not cover many eggs. They are very good flyers and can be flighty, especially when young. They are good foragers but their small size and single comb does make them susceptible to very cold weather.

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    Dutch bantam egg

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    Dutch bantam chicks

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    Dutch bantam juvenile

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    Dutch bantam hen

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    Dutch bantam rooster

    For more information on this breed and their owners' and breeders' experiences with them, see our breed discussion here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/threads/chicken-breed-focus-dutch-bantam.1036794/
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  • Chicken Breed Info:
    Breed Purpose:
    Ornamental
    Comb: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent
    Climate Tolerance: All Climates

    General Egg Info:
    Egg Productivity:
    Medium
    Egg Size: Small
    Egg Color: White

    Breed Temperament:
    Friendly,Flighty,Easily handled,Bears confinement well

    Breed Colors / Varieties:
    In the US- Light Brown, Blue Light Brown, Cream Light Brown,Blue Cream Light Brown, Mille Fleur and Blue Mille Fleur,Citroen,Buff Columbian, Blue Buff Columbian, Wheaten, Silver, Black, Blue, White, Self Blue/Lavender
    Breed Details:
    True Holland stock is a sight to behold and varies greatly from the hatchery crosses. They are friendly and easy to tame, perfect for children to show and raise to be pets. As with any breed, there are cases of aggressiveness in the roosters. Hens lay well and have a tendency to brood. They are good mothers. They can be flighty birds if not handled much. They lay not so much a white egg, but more of a light cream colored or off-white egg.

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Recent User Reviews

  1. king tail
    5/5,
    "best breed i have ever had"
    Pros - hardy, nice, dont eat alot
    Cons - none
    my dutch rooster Pecan is the best chicken i have ever had. he will protect his flock, but is very sweet to people. hes very small, so he doesn't eat very much. i hope to get more in soon.[​IMG]

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    Overall:
    5
  2. FaerieChicken
    4/5,
    "Sweetest girl ever!"
    Pros - Sweet disposition
    Cons - Bantam and can get out of the chickens area!
    My baby is only about 5 months old, got her in mid July and named her lucky! She is bantam though and still very small. She had 3 other friends at first but they passed just about 2 weeks after I go them, so she was an only baby chick for about another 2 weeks before I bought 2 more babies, one of those did not make it, the one that did turned out to be a Speckled Sussex. The reason her name is lucky is because not only did she survive the heat of July as to where the others did not, also she survived what I thought was my German Shepherd about to eat her, but thankfully it turned out that during her 2 week of being an only bird, my dog decided that it was her baby and was carrying it around in her mouth to the front yard and layed down with her. I still got after her for it, because she is a big dog, with big paws and claws.
    Lucky likes to greet me in the morning, an likes it when I pick her up and snuggle with her. She loves her sister (the speckled sussex) and they hang out all the time together. She allows my 3 year old daughter carry her around and pick her up.
    Falling in love with this bird is a difficult thing, considering they don't live long!
    Overall:
    4
    bantamsrmyfav likes this.
  3. stokes
    4/5,
    "my Dutch"
    Pros - sweet friendly curious eat everything and great pet
    Cons - can,t think of any
    My kids and rabbit loves our bantam she loves to get rubbed and treats. When lying out with the bigger chickens she likes to snuggle in under their wings every now again she goes off doing her own thing and likes to lay her eggs in the rabbit hutch or under the shed. Not laying at the moment its been a month but she,s still happy and healthy. Makes a great first chick for kids[​IMG]
    Overall:
    4.5
    bantamsrmyfav likes this.

User Comments

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  1. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    I live in Greece and I need hatching eggs. Who can help me?
    I want light columbian, gold partridge, black, splash, blue, buff.
  2. Thomas Lamprogiorgos
    Gold partridge is the original color. Holland is the home of dutchies. And Holland names the color gold partridge.
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  3. auto5man
    Glad to hear your experience has been that they are long-lived, Jean. I have one and she is our favorite chicken. She loves to be snuggled and petted. Had a chicken hawk hanging around so we brought her in the house. She has a Rubbermaid tub for a "coop" in the den, and will fly across the room to my lap. Just a delightful and friendly bird!
  4. JeanR
    This dear bantam appears to be a Cream Light Brown cockerel.
  5. JeanR
  6. JeanR
    Oh my! Dutch may be long lived. Have a picture of a hen 21 YEARS old. Right now, I have 3 hens (no longer laying) that are 12 and 13 years old and look like pullets, happy to be outside in good weather and in a large heated (when necessary) coop in winter's below zero temperatures. Speckeled Sussex are also a favorite breed, but I only keep one breed at a time (Dutch Bantams for more than 25 years) and not more than I can easily care for--and enjoy their eggs year around!
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  7. buff goose guy
    Are they good Broody birds .
  8. JeanR
    Kind of late here, just hadn't seen your post--She is not a Dutch, or she would have blue legs, low wings and shorter shanks, snow white ear lobes. However she is a dear!!!!, yes bossy is a good hen among larger fowl.
    Small eggs are just fine for old people and can use 2 or 3 instead of one nice Standard sized egg in recipes and are just great for Deviled Eggs-so easy to handleand eat-AND I am out of eggs that I save, for the children who call every year for Dutch eggs to color for EASTER--they can handle them well to decorate and small children can eat a whole egg. Bantams are GREAT little birds! And Dutch are SPECIAL little ones!
  9. Gomes Bantams
    I may be adding these too my breeders list.
  10. snipercp
    sorry but what do you mean by declawed they have there beak trimmed and maybe the ends of there nails of but nothing that puts them in any pain really.

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