Day Old Dutch Bantam Chicks
Hatching mid-February to May.
Dutch Bantams are an old breed, and they are hardy, good layers - making them a fantastic addition to small flocks.
Any blue variety ordered from Purely Poultry may include chicks with black, blue or splash plumage patterns.
Production: For their tiny size, Dutch Bantam hens are quite good layers, though, of course, the eggs are small. You can expect about 2 eggs per week from each hen.
Temperament: Dutch Bantams have a reputation as becoming quite attached to their owners. They are known for their affectionate and calm temperaments.
History: This is a very old breed - some believe it has been in existence since before the 17th century. However, it is only since the early 1900s that the breed has been standardized and recognizable as the breed we know today.
The Dutch Bantam is a true bantam, which means it was not developed from a large fowl counterpart. These are tiny birds, weighing barely over one pound, making them one of the smallest of all the bantams.
It is believed that Dutch Bantams were first raised by peasants who were required to give any large eggs to the aristocracy as rent. Since Dutch Bantams lay small eggs, the peasants were able to keep all of them.
The American Poultry Association first included Dutch Bantams in the Standard of Perfection in 1992, and recognizes 10 color variations.
Body Type: Small and elegant, with large wings and an upright stance. They are similar in appearance to Old English Game Bantams.
Standard Weights: Rooster 21 oz, Hen 19 oz, Cockerel 20 oz, Pullet 18 oz
Classification: American Poultry Association Class: Single Comb Clean Legged Bantams