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Chicken Breeds item created by Super Admin, Jan 10, 2012
Pros - small, nice looks, tame easily, eat little, caring roos, showy
Cons - small(depending on what you want), not ready to accept a new flock when near the other one.
I have one black tailed white roo and he is so amazing. He will not forget the bigger sized chickens as his flock even though he has some more bantams with him. He holds himself proudly and never misses out a chance to help "his" flock, he has always called when there is food and been an active lookout. He is also very friendly. I have gotten him to the point where when I walk by, he is at the edge of the fence where I am. Although he isn't cuddly. He is an amazing rooster that puts many others I have seen to shame, despite his small size.
Pros - broody, okay mothers
Cons - attack other chicks, super skittish, lethal gene
I have two Japanese hens raising chicks together since they wouldn't let me separate themThey are decent mothers, but one of them would peck at the chicks until she got used to them. I had another hen that was broody, and my japanese hen killed one of her chicks. They aren't an outstanding breed so I definitely wouldn't get again.
Pros - Simply gorgeous, great personalities, friendly roosters, eye catchers, great lawn gnomes
Cons - Difficult to keep in condition, lethal gene
This bird is one of the few breeds that can capture the attention of anyone that walks by it. This breed has extremely short legs (a quality bird's leg is about the average length of a thumb, really nice ones are half that). Its squirrel tail is incredibly beautiful (especially on the roosters, which have extremely long sickles). The tail also fans out and stands upright forming a 'V' with its head, unlike other breeds, which really shows off its sleek feathers. Another key feature is that this breed's wings actually stand nearly vertically when relaxed, allowing the primaries to cover the legs and drag on the ground. This breed also has a large comb on the rooster, and large eyes (prone to frost bite and dryness if your not careful). The overall physique of this bird is extremely unique, and makes this bird incredibly beautiful to look at.
Japanese bantams also come in a variety of colors; black, white, black tailed white, black tailed buff, brown red, mottled, wheaten, and my personal favorite (and the variety I raise) the gray. The most commonly found colors are white, black, and black tailed white. The gray looks very similar to birchen.
Personality wise, these birds reign supreme. I have yet to meet a rooster sweeter than the ones the Japanese throw, and each bird is extremely affectionate. All my Japanese love to be held, and love baths. Honestly, their personalities are such a joy to interact with, and they are always excited to see you.
These are by far my favorite breed of bird, and one of the key reasons I'm so involved with poultry (and showing poultry).
As much as I truly, truly love this breed of bird, there are some cons to owning them.
They are difficult to keep in condition (especially with shows in mind.) Their wing feathers become shredded and covered with whatever is left on the ground when they aren't given routine baths and soft bedding. Their tall tail feathers also are prone to crimping (mostly the roosters), and the long sickles are easily snapped off. If you keep the hens and roosters together, this becomes even more of a problem.
Another con is that this breed produces lethal genes, from their short legs. This means that when you breed two short legged Japanese, 25% of the eggs will develop, but will die days before they're supposed to hatch. However, I personally have not had an issue with breeding my bantams in terms of the lethal gene.
This breed is technically an oriental breed, so don't get this breed expecting to get a huge egg producer. They lay eggs 2-3 times a week, and go through resting periods during the winter. Their eggs are smaller than the average bantam egg.
Overall, this breed is such a treat to own, despite the difficulties in maintaining it. I also want to mention the hens go broody fairly often. It's best to avoid hatchery Japanese chicks, as I guarantee from personal experience they won't look how you're expecting. They have pinched tails, and poor coloration. They also tend to be taller than they really should be, also known as "leggy". This is also a "true bantam" breed, meaning there isn't a larger version of it. Also note that there is no such thing as a "fan" tail variety of this breed. I have met people who have shown this, thinking that this is an accepted form of tail. Its not, and is actually just a pinched tail (a fault).
I recommend this breed to anyone looking for a unique bantam that has a great personality. It's fun to show, and beautiful to look at (and it will get you a lot of attention.) It's great for the hobbiest, the 4H project, and for the serious breeder. Just an awesome breed.
Pros - Cute, docile, doesn't peck, timid, flighty
Cons - timid, not many more
My Japanese Bantam died today. Raccoons got her. She was one of a flock of 14. (Since then three have died.) I had gotten the flock when my family moved into a new house, and the old owners were moving somewhere where they couldn't keep chickens. So I took the flock under my care. All of them have weird gnarled feet, and are unhandleable. Kuniko, the only bantam since the old rooster died, was very difficult to catch, but when I did she was the sweetest thing. She stood up for herself, and didn't let any other hen bully her, and was quite high in the social hierarchy. She was a favorite to guests and my toddler sister, who all thought she was both beautiful and cute. She had very large wings and was flighty, which is a problem for some people, though I thought it was fun to watch her fly. I definitely recommend this breed.
Pros - Small, Pretty, Quiet
Cons - Don't Like Being Held, Small, Flighty
My Jap, Yuki, I got from a friend a year or so ago. She is 4-5 years old I was told, so I am not sure on eggs. She is small and cute, and the noises are funny as well. She gets picked on a lot, but still gets a long with my layers.
A nice chicken to add to a small bantam flock.
Pros - Sweet, friendly, good for showing, and beautiful
Cons - Poor layers, are sometimes flighty, carriers of a lethal allele, chicks are fragile
Japanese bantams, as you may have guessed, come from Japan. However, the breed has been tracked to originate from Southeast Asia, coming from the traders of the area. Japanese bantams have been bred for centuries in Japan. They are best known for their small size and very short legs.
I raise Japanese bantams and they are wonderful. I only have two Japanese rooster now, which I planned to get rid of, but they are so sweet. They aren't the friendliest birds, but they are tame when you hold them. Japanese bantams are great show birds, as they are easy to handle. However, their genetic problems narrow their chances of becoming show winners. What are there genetic problems? They carry a lethal allele (the short-legged gene) that kills 25% of incubating chicks at day 20 (a day before they hatch). Because of this, they are difficult to breed and hatch. Also, breeders have been known to breed from poor stock, resulting in possible disqualifications and defects in a show, as an APA judge told me. I thought I'd also mention, they are fragile when they are young, so, if shipped, some chicks may come dead or die a few days after they come.
Pros - Small, Easy to handle, Easy to care for, OK show birds, Sweet personality
Cons - Not winter hardy, Tail feathers are hard to keep in good condition
I use to have a pair of buff Japanese bantams, but the hen died from a feral cat. My rooster though is the sweetest roo I have ever had the privilege of owning. He has NEVER bit anybody or attack anybody. He loves to be hand fed, and when my aggressive rooster Apollo attacks me, Mars (my Japanese roo) attacks him back and chases him away from me! I have never seen anything like it before! I highly recommended this breed for pets. The roosters are unfortunateley not great show chickens because their tail feathers are hard to keep in good condition. Mars went to the fair last year and took second in his class because his tail feathers were not in good condition. He is retired now and loves hanging out with kids!
Pros - Very friendly and tame
Cons - None
They don't lay much and of course aren't any good for meat. But they are great pets for children of all ages. Never had an aggressive one. Very friendly and docile birds. I'm definitely going to get more of them in the future.
Pros - Very beautiful! Fun to be around! love to flap their wings! Beautiful green feathers, great and easy to handle. Bantam sized
Cons - Small eggs, few eggs. Not cold hardy.
We hatched our jap bantam last year, getting a mixed dozen of eggs to hatch.
I absolutely love our jap, Cadbury. he is so sweet and fun to be around. He is easy for kids to handle and small.
One thing I am scared about this winter is whenther or not he will survive. every time I o out the tips of his comb and ends of his wattles are a brownish black.
He is a sewwt bird and is easy to take care of. I definitely recommend this breed for shows, 4h, or as pets, being a wonderful addition to the yard to give it a classy ornamental look.
Pros - Sweet, Talkative, Cute, Dont mind kids, get out and eat alot of bugs, are very pretty
Cons - Fly out alot! Hard to keep in.
I have six Japanese Bantams. Five hens and one rooster. Grace, Zoey, Lemon, DeLacey, and DeLaney are the hens, and George Tucker is my rooster. They make up about 1/5 of my chickens. I have all bantams and really havent ever had a bantam like these guys. They are sweet and talkative, very flighty and fly out and often stay out all day. George is very protective of all his hens and chased and attacked a stray cat the other day that just glanced at the chicken house. They are calm and beautiful birds and definetley all add color and personality to my flock.