Dutch

Average User Rating:
4.5/5,
  • 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
    Dutch bantams were first established as a breed in Holland in 1906, and are highly popular to this day in that country. They have gained in popularity in the US each year while the importation of the breed from Holland has occurred only a handful of times starting around World War II.
    True Holland based stock is obtained only from true breeders, as hatchery stock are crossed frequently with Old English Game Bantams in order to gain the additional colors they sell. This causes hatchery stock of the Dutch breed to be of poor type and color and is the reason they are often referred to as "similar to OEG varieties".
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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
  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

User Comments

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  1. 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!
  2. JeanR
    This dear bantam appears to be a Cream Light Brown cockerel.
  3. JeanR
  4. 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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  5. buff goose guy
    Are they good Broody birds .
  6. 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!
  7. Gomes Bantams
    I may be adding these too my breeders list.
  8. 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.
  9. Ducks and Banny hens
    I also want Dutch....
  10. Guinea and Chicken raiser
    I want Blue Dutch birds, bantams, of course ;) I hope mine will make eggs though if I pay for chickens like that breed. I dont want show chickens, they need their beak cut and claws declawed and horrible treatment to be called "show chickens" that's cruel, I believe.

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