- Breed Purpose:
- Climate Tolerance:
- All Climates
- Egg Productivity:
- Egg Size:
- Egg Color:
- 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:
- APA/ABA Class:
- Single Comb Clean Leg
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.
Dutch bantam egg
Dutch bantam chicks
Dutch bantam juvenile
Dutch bantam hen
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/
Chicken Breed Info:
Breed Purpose: Ornamental
Climate Tolerance: All Climates
General Egg Info:
Egg Productivity: Medium
Egg Size: Small
Egg Color: White
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
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.
Recent User Reviews
"best breed i have ever had"
Pros - hardy, nice, dont eat alot
Cons - none
"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!
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