Dutch Bantams Breed Thread

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Pathfinders, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Nava

    Nava I Got The Naked Neck Blues

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    what is a OEG
     
  2. Kennyog

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    Quote:Old English Game.
     
  3. Andora

    Andora Songster

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    I think this little guy is a Dutch Bantam. He was a gift egg given to us that we hatched for my 3 year old daughter's birthday! He hatched a day early, so they almost share a birthday...she was thrilled, anyway.

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    This picture is from a month or so ago. He's getting more of his handsome roo feathers now and slowly filling out.

    He is the sweetest little roo. He follows us around like a puppy and he loves to hop up into your arms or on your shoulder! When we first introduced him to the rest of the chickens (he's the only bantam) he tried to fight with all of them, until they stomped him down. [​IMG] He had to spend a few days recouping in the house after that. Now he knows better than to challenge them and they all get along fine. [​IMG] The funniest thing is when he tries to mate with the big hens...I think I need to fashion him a pair of little bouncy moon shoes so he can get the job done. Oh and I love how he crows like a little squeaky toy. [​IMG]

    Now I'm wondering why I have all full size chickens in my flock. These little bantams are great! Everyone who comes over is immediately in love with him, I think since he's small he's less intimidating. Kids love to carry him around too.
     
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  4. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Crowing

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    Quote:From the looks of him, your bird is likely an OEG (Old English Game bantam.) The color of his legs are the giveaway there, Dutch have slate colored legs. But he is adorable! And I agree, bantams are wonderful for kids to work with, their smaller size and sweet attitudes make them a natural for children.

    Enjoy your little guy, he looks very dear.
     
  5. Crunchie

    Crunchie Brook Valley Farm

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    Andora, that is one cute little roo (and the mental picture of him in bouncy moon shoes is hysterical [​IMG]). I agree with you, I love the little bantams! What they lack in size they make up for in personality. [​IMG]

    So, what about laying ability with the Dutch? I think that I've read that they lay fairly well, is this true? What about broodiness? I know that they like to go broody, but are they take-a-hand-off, never gonna break them up broody (like my Marans) or lukewarm/will sit unless you try to stop them broody (like my Ameraucanas)? My little hen has only just started laying, and she's just laying sporadically now, so I have nothing to go by yet. I have to say though, those teensy eggs are awfully cute as little hardboiled eggs. Perfect bite-sized snacks! [​IMG]
     
  6. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Crowing

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    Quote:Dutch are moderately broody. Something between the insaneness of a Silky and the total lack thereof of a Leghorn. They will hatch their own babies, but are not the most attentive mothers, so I generally incubate and brood.
     
  7. Andora

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    Quote:From the looks of him, your bird is likely an OEG (Old English Game bantam.) The color of his legs are the giveaway there, Dutch have slate colored legs. But he is adorable! And I agree, bantams are wonderful for kids to work with, their smaller size and sweet attitudes make them a natural for children.

    Enjoy your little guy, he looks very dear.

    He has slate colored legs! In the picture there's a yellow leg, but that belongs to the olive egger chick behind him. My little guy has blue-ish legs and blue/white ear lobes.
     
  8. Kennyog

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    AT what age do Dutch Bantams mature? Thanks in advance for any replies.
     
  9. Pathfinders

    Pathfinders Crowing

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    Quote:It's an interesting question. "Mature" can mean several things. Mature as in able to reproduce, I would say as early as five months or so. Mature as in fully grown and eligible to be shown, well, in my opinion, Dutch need to wait until they are more like 8 months (or more for males, who mature later than females) to be shown.

    If you are considering setting eggs to hatch, it might be better to wait until birds are about a year old, as "pullet eggs" don't always produce the most robust and healthy offspring. But I know it's hard to resist, once you start getting eggs from the first birds of a breed new to you, you want to set them!

    So, no easy answer, but a nuanced one. Hope this helps! Feel free to ask more if you have them.

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    Laura
     
  10. NEK38583

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    Does anyone have any Mille Fleur Dutch and pics of them ? I would really like to get some eggs from a good breeder if these. Thanks
     

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