Silver Duckwing Bantams

Joy Irwin

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 3, 2009
11
2
22
Tennessee Mountain top
My husband is wanting to get some Silver Duckwing Bantams. I don't know anything about this particular breed of chickens. I've never had bantams of any kind before. Does anyone here know if they are winter hardy? I live in zone 6, but the winter on top of a mountain is not necessarily predictable. This past winter the temperature got down to 10 several times and would stay that low or about that low for 2 to 3 days. I just want to make sure we don't end up with chickens that aren't suitable for our mountain living.
thanks for any info!!!!
Joy
 

Joy Irwin

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 3, 2009
11
2
22
Tennessee Mountain top
ok well I didn't know that. I know that they are a variety of the Old English Game bantams, so I guess that the OEG would be considered the actual breed and Silver Duckwing a color then? I don't know anything about bantams, never had any before. I've mostly had heavy breeds, or mixed breeds. I just have pets, my husband wants this particular type.
thanks for the info, JOY
 

racuda

Songster
11 Years
Oct 1, 2008
1,962
86
186
North Carolina
To answer your question, yes they are cold hardy. It got down to 8 degrees this past winter and mine did fine. Be sure you have a draft-free coop for them.

Here is one of my silver duckwing OEGB's with her foster Serama chicks. She is tiny, about 18 ounces, but she lays a really big egg for her size.

 

Blackbird

Songster
10 Years
Jan 31, 2009
1,260
2
159
MN
There are also Silver Duckwing Phoenixes.. They are a larger sized bird though, so if he just wants the color you could consider them.

I have a pair, the male lost part of his comb though, but it was -50 for about a week up here. They should do fine down there.
 

Sonoran Silkies

Flock Mistress
11 Years
Jan 4, 2009
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416
421
Tempe, Arizona
I have a silver duckwing araucana--she does quite well in our winters, but they are pretty mild. Years ago she lived in Wisconsin, so she must have done well there, too.
 

Cock-L-Doodle Garoo

In the Brooder
10 Years
Jun 8, 2009
51
0
39
Texas Hill Country
I vote for the Silver Duckwing Bantams. They're my favorite!
Here's a pic of a little hen I had. She was my favorite. Unfortunately a hawk did her in a couple of months ago.
I got another pair at a bird show and the hen hatched-out last week.

Good Luck
 

Jbrandt000

In the Brooder
8 Years
Jul 22, 2011
31
2
34
I have a female and no male, she has been laying eggs that are not fertile. I feel so sorry I can't find her a mate, so I got her a few quail eggs to hatch. Won't she be surprised?
 

Banty-Shanty

Hatching
6 Years
Mar 25, 2013
1
0
6
My silver duckwing Old English Bantam is also my favorite. I got her at the end of last summer and she is now laying about every other day. Her eggs are large for her size and are like a small commercial size egg where as my other Crele bantam's eggs are much smaller. This little hen is at the head of my 3 in pecking order. She has always been so tame and sweet letting my grand daughters and myself pick her up and carry her around.She can even be a lap-hen for a long while.More like a pet than my Silkie bantam or other old english (Crele) that is shy.
If you really want to give your birds a treat, buy a container of dried mealworms like the ones sold in bird-food section at Lowes. They absolutely love them and will eat from your hand. Also a treat of canned dog food is beginning to be expected. I dont know if this is why they are laying better or if it is due to spring but I am enjoying the gifts of eggs just in time for Easter!
 

Darren B

Hatching
5 Years
May 26, 2014
4
0
7
Awesome you asked your question about silver d uckwing bantoms, I just purchased 10 chicks, going back to all bantom & I live in the east kootenay's B. C, it gets cold out here...
 

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