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Nankin Bantams

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Star2014, Jul 19, 2015.

  1. Star2014

    Star2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So we take a family trip to Colonial Williamsburg. My father sees some Nankin Bantams and when we get home he's asking me all about chicken coops. Turns out he wants some Nankin Bantam hens. How are they as egg layers? Dispositions? I haven't heard of this breed before so I'm very curious about them. Thanks for the help!
     
  2. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Nankins are pretty awesome!

    They are an ancient breed, though to be one of the oldest bantam chickens. There is evidence that they arrived in England before the 1500's. There was a decline in them when chicken fanciers started wanting to create new and exotic breeds and were tired of the ones they already knew. They were used to create breeds like the Sebright.

    It is a very useful broody chicken, kept by game farmers to hatch out game birds like quail.
    They are calm, very friendly and likeable and prefer to stay near to one another, in a close-knit flock that doesn't tend to wander a lot. They have round eggs that tend to be very fertile, though they can be difficult to hatch artificially because of the shape. The eggs are tinted
    The chicks are hardy and are easy to raise.

    Useful links: https://www.backyardchickens.com/products/nankin-bantams
    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Nankin-Club-of-America/228624720547014

    Best of luck! [​IMG]
     
  3. Star2014

    Star2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We are getting ours from Williamsburg. My father wants them for eggs. Are these a good egg breed?
    And thanks!:)
     
  4. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    I don't think they are good egg layers, though all chickens lay eggs. There eggs are really small though.
     
  5. Star2014

    Star2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hmm. Do you know of any small good egg layers?
     
  6. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    If you want a pure bantam then I find my Sebright hen lays well. Sized-down bantam Leghorns, Barred Rocks, Brahmas, Easter Eggers, and others are all good at laying really cute, little eggs!
     
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    Star2014 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Not sure I want Easter egg era or bramas or leghorns. Barred rock is a possibility but sebrights... Maybe those. I would kind of like to have a hard to find breed. Know of any? Thanks
     
  8. GitaBooks

    GitaBooks Chillin' With My Peeps Premium Member

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    Here are some fun bantams to work with:

    Dutch bantams (they lay a fair amount of eggs, about two a week)

    Old English Game bantams (come in a ton of rare colors) lay a pretty good amount of small, white eggs. However, they are prone to going broody.

    Bantam Cochins (also called pekins) lay a good amount of small, brown eggs, and come in a ton of amazing colors and varieties. They are also prone to going broody, however.

    Polish bantams lay a good amount of small, white eggs.

    Japanese Bantams also lay an okay amount of eggs.

    I hope this helps: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/825914/what-bantam-breeds-lay-the-best-experiences

    Best of luck!
     
  9. meganhundley

    meganhundley Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi, I know this is an old thread but was wondering where in Williamsburg you found Nankins? I have 3 Nankins now and am looking for a few more hens. I live an hour and a half from Williamsburg and my father lives there so I visit often and would like to meet another Nankin enthusiast.
     
  10. Lounge

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    Hi, I'm also in VA, and would love to know about any Nankins available near Williamsburg.
     

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