Chicken Breed Focus - Japanese Bantam

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by sumi, Dec 17, 2015.

  1. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Also known as Chabo, the Japanese bantam is a small ornamental breed of chicken. A very old breed, they were created in Japan perhaps as early as the 7th century and imported into Europe by the sixteenth century. They are said to be quite long lived. The Japanese Bantam are a true bantam, in that it does not come in a standard size. They are a good choice for urban coops, or for the poultry lover that wants a pet that won't be too destructive to lawns. The breed is a popular show bird with hobbyists and the hens have a very sweet nature which makes them popular as pets for children.

    They are a breed with a distinctive appearance, ideally with clean, very short legs, which gives them a waddling gait. The short leggedness is caused by a single lethal gene, so all birds with the desired short legs are heterozygous for the gene, embryos with two copies die before hatch and birds without the gene have regular (longer) legs. They should also be squirrel-tailed, having a very upright forward sweeping tail carriage. They have a single comb, which is usually quite large on the males, making them rather sensitive to cold and frostbite. They come in a wide variety of colors, with Black-tailed White, Black, White, and Black-tailed Buff, probably the most popular, and they are also popular frizzle feathered. The hens are poor layers, but good broodies and mothers.

    It was recognized by the APA in 1874 .

    Details:

    Breed purpose: Ornamental
    Comb Type: Single
    Broodiness: Frequent, good mothers
    Climate Tolerance: Heat tolerant, large combs make males prone to frostbite.
    Weight: rooster 28oz, hen 22oz.
    Egg Productivity: Poor
    Egg Size: tiny
    Egg Color: Tinted


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    Rooster picture by @bantambury

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    Hen picture by @bantambury

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    Breeding trio pic by @Megs


    BYC Breed reviews:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/japanese

    General breed discussions & FAQ thread:

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/286125/japanese-bantam-thread/0_20


    Do you own Japanese Bantams? Are you a Japanese Bantam breeder? If so, please reply to this thread with the your thoughts and experiences, including:

    · What made you decide to get this breed?
    · Do you own them for fun? Breeding? Some other purpose?
    · What are your favorite characteristics about this breed?
    · Post some pics of your birds; male/female, chicks, eggs, etc!
     
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  2. generaldsherman

    generaldsherman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have just one Japanese bantam. I had actually gone to the local feed store hoping he had one of his Silkies left, but they had all sold out and the Japanese were all he had. I decided they were pretty and to get one. After comparing the combs on the white and white/black tails that he had, I decided the only female he had in the group was a white one, so I got her.

    She is one of my favorite hens, a cute girl and a sweety. Ever since she started laying eggs (1 1/2 months ago), she has threatened to go broody. I decided to hatch some eggs for the NYE Hatchalong and was a week into this when I caught her sitting on the 2 ceramic eggs that I have in my nesting boxes for training purposes. I left her alone for a few hours and went back, and she was still at it. I swapped her for 2 eggs from the incubator to test her out overnight.
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    She was fine until the big girl in the group scared her off, so I moved her to a small, portable cage I have inside. She has been sitting for about a week now, and because her eggs got a head-start, will be a first-time "Mommy" on Christmas.
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    Love my Japanese bantam girl!
     
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  3. AnnikaLF

    AnnikaLF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My son has 5 Black tailed white Japanese Bantams. We hope to breed at some point our hens are not even laying yet.
     
  4. bantambury

    bantambury life does go on.

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    Thanks sumi for using my pics!
    Japanese bantams are the sweetest, and also very beautiful. I only have japanese bantam silkie crosses left, but the offspring are incredible!
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  5. joshbparker

    joshbparker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you recommend that they stick to only bantams as companions? Are they very social? Could they make it with a mixed flock?
     
  6. generaldsherman

    generaldsherman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine was successfully integrated with my large hens, she is my only bantam.
     
  7. applebutter14

    applebutter14 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i am getting some in April
     
  8. AnnikaLF

    AnnikaLF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just 3 of our 5 :)
     
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  9. pentrio

    pentrio New Egg

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    I need egg layers can you name some
     
  10. AnnikaLF

    AnnikaLF Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dont have any you may want to google hatchiries i know they had some when i was looking for mine.
     

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