White Faced Black Spanish bantams

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by switchback, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. switchback

    switchback Out Of The Brooder

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    Has anyone ordered White Faced Black Spanish bantams from a hatchery? Were you satisfied with them? I got Dutch bantams from Ideal this year, and remember reading how the Dutch bantam hatchery chicks aren't even really the same breed since they are from stock outcrossed to OEGs. Wondering if something similar is true for the White Faced Black Spanish bantams. Not looking to show, but I'm planning my spring purchase now and would at least like them to resemble the breed they are supposed to be...
     
  2. gallorojo

    gallorojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We were given some last fall by a neighbor. They looked fine to me as far as the standard goes, a bit too big, but most all hatchery bantams come too large. They were both roosters, and ultimately got really mean, so we culled them. The birds were pretty meaty for a light breed, so I think the bantams must have some game in there somewhere.... We did hatch some cool crosses out of those fellas, the half breed hen we have now lays a BIG white egg!! They were susceptible to CRD, but, they did get over it after a few weeks in quarantine.
     
  3. jarcoo0153

    jarcoo0153 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I ordered some in June from Ideal, I am really happy with them so far. I don't have any pics, but they are 3 mo old and their white faces are really showing up! I am planning on breeding my rooster to my phoenix, I think it will be a neat cross. If you order some order more than what you want, because I ordered two batches of four birds, and always got two roos and two hens. I say go for it!
     
  4. switchback

    switchback Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the replies. Gallorojo, the mean roos (and meatiness) make me wonder if they were crossed with white leghorn bantams... Isn't that how they improve the white faces with the full-size version?
     
  5. wyndski

    wyndski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have one wfbsb that showed up with a oegb from a neighbor that moved and left them (they were young). I am sure that they got them from the local feed store that gets them from one of the hatcheries. (Not sure about him), but She looks pure to me. I love her and the white lobes! That is them in my picture. I have her son from that cross and he has the big lobes as well. His mate is a white silkie and she hatched 4 eggs from that cross. While they are all different and marked crazy (2hens and 2roos) they all have the white lobes. I would love to have more of the wfbs.
     
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  6. switchback

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    Wwyndski and jarcoo0153, are yours flighty? I have read conflicting descriptions of the temperament. I like calm (well, as calm as chickens get anyway) and friendly birds.
     
  7. TennesseeTruly

    TennesseeTruly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have WFBS, not hatchery though, and they're very flighty! I hatched them from an egg and they should be used to us but they still freak out every time I go near them.

    Laurie
     
  8. switchback

    switchback Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:So not even trying to pick them up, just if you're nearby? How long have you had them?
     
  9. wyndski

    wyndski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine showed up when she was almost ready to lay. I do not think she ever had anyone pick her up or anything. I have not tried to pick them up. Her and her mate are free range and sleep in a tree at night, she has a nest in a spare stall. Her son and his mate and the grandkids are in a pen. They hang out by the pen alot, but if they here me open the front door she comes running. Sometimes she even comes up to the top of the porch steps. If I pull in the gate, they come running and meet me in the middle of the driveway. She is very dog like, you have to watch where you walk or you may trip over her and she comes running when I call her. If she was larger I think she would be in my pockets to see what I have just like one of my horses. I do not know if that is normal though.
     
  10. jarcoo0153

    jarcoo0153 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So far mine are not flighty, they don't like to be held alot but they are not like a leghorn. If I pick them up the calm down once i start petting them under thier beaks, I try to touch and hold all of my chickens everytime I go in the coop. I think that this really helps! Does anybody have any pics of their eggs? I would like to see some!
     

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