Hello everyone! I've been working on a bantam breed project over the last year and thought some of the BYC community might find it interesting. I have always loved the idea of people creating new breeds and varieties and I am sure there are many people here who share this interest. Anyway, my goal for this project was to create a dark skinned, small combed, wild-type coloured bantam with very natural instincts towards mothering, foraging, and avoiding predators. I have always loved the Silkie breed for its mysterious history, dark skin, and mothering ability. I also liked the Red Jungle Fowl for it's history, beautiful coloration, and natural instincts. This project was an attempt to bring both of these worlds into one bird. All of the birds pictured are the result of crossing a Red Jungle Fowl / Silkie cross rooster and a Brown Leghorn bantam hen. I hatched around forty chicks from this mating and selected down to these birds. As much as I love these birds and genetics projects, I will soon be moving and will not be able to continue this project. If you are interested in these birds for any reason, whether to continue breeding them towards this end or something completely different, please do let me know. Enjoy! I will be happy to answer any questions. Disclaimer: I fully understand that these are not true breeding birds but very much a work in progress. I know some individuals have very strong feelings as to what constitutes a breed and even whether new breeds should be created - especially involving Jungle Fowl. I have no intentions of deceiving anyone with these birds.