Pics and Experience with Ideal's Dutch Bantams?

Discussion in 'Chicken Breeders & Hatcheries' started by Gresh, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. Gresh

    Gresh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was wondering if anybody has purchased Dutch Bantams from Ideal Poultry. I know that they probably are crossed with Old English Bantams, but I am just looking for something that looks attractive and can dot my yard [​IMG] Does anyone have pictures of Ideal's Dutch bantams, and can anyone give me their own personal experience with them? A couple distinct questions I have are these:

    1. Are Ideal's Dutch broody?
    2. Do they lay well?
    3. How big do they get?
    4. How is their feathering (especially the tails) and coloration?

    Thanks for your help!

    God bless,
    ~Gresh~
     
  2. JeanR

    JeanR Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been sent pictures of Ideal Hatchery and other hatchery Dutch that people purchased as chicks. They are not true Dutch, While they will be nice backyard banties and fun to have decorating the yard ands eating bugs., do not expect DUTCH. Several who received them, but wanted true Dutch for breeding and/or possible showing, sent me pictues of their birds--not at all the lovely Dutch they expected, and they just dumped them and located breeders of the real birds of Holland, real glamour--totally unlike OEGB or other Bantam breeds. White earlobes and blue legs do not make a Dutch Bantam--and hatchery dutch often do not have either. There is lots more--and you rightfully mention TAILS.

    Broodiness is probably inherited and hatcheries have no clue about broodiness, as all eggs (often purchased and no way to know what it inside those eggs, even the breeding for sure) none are hatched by broody hens. All Dutch are not setters. I only keep daughters of setters and keep no pullets that do not set their first 6-8 months, after their first session of laying--usually at about 4 1/2 mos. (I do not hatch pullet eggs, however, preferring the larger p;ullet eggs from the second "set". ) I raise several varieties, including Mille Fleur Dutch (imported from Holland) and my friend received an order from a hatchery that arrived with FEATHERED Feet! She ordered DUTCH, not Belgians, that the hatchery offered. She gave them away and waited for my hens to hatch Mille Fleur DUTCH.

    So, you takes your chances. We NEED hatcheries, but wish they would not offer crossbreds as dutch, and/or in varieties that do not exist in Dutch--it does the breed no good. Jean R
     
  3. Gresh

    Gresh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I see what you're saying. Frankly, I expected something like it in response. [​IMG] I'm well aware that what I am getting will not be good type, but what I'm wanting to know is, are Ideal's Dutch bantams good birds? More specifically, do they have nice feathering and tails, though not like the purebred Dutch? Or are their tails shriveled up and squirrel-like? If you have any pics to share of them I would love to see them.

    Thanks for your response [​IMG]

    ~Gresh~
     

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