Day Old Rosecomb Bantam Chicks
Hatching mid-February to May.
Rosecomb Bantams are the ultimate chicken for the fancy chicken collector. They don upon their head their wonderful namesake rose shaped comb. This true bantam breed is raised for ornamental purposes. They are heat and cool hardy.
Production: Rosecomb Bantams are kept for exhibition and competition purposes. Each hen will lay about 50 brown They are not broody. Brown colored peewee sized eggs per year, and they are too small to be meat birds.
Temperament: While Rosecombs are not particularly aggressive, they are also not exactly affectionate. They are considered docile. They can fly quite well, but don't seem to mind confinement.
History: Rosecomb Bantams, especially Black Rosecomb Bantams, have been around for a long time. They originated in England. In fact, there are records dating back to the 14th century. The breed is one of a group of "true bantams," which means there is not a large version of the same chicken.
Because Rosecomb bantams are raised primarily for exhibition, several distinctive traits have been bred for: large, round, white earlobes, a comb that is quite large when compared to the rest of the bird's body, commanding tails, and a generally compact body type.
There are as many as 25 color varieties of Rosecombs, but the most popular by far is the Black Rosecomb. The American Poultry Association included the Black Rosecomb Bantam in its first issue of the Standard of Perfection in 1874, and the American Bantam Association recognizes many of the color variations.
Words like "proud," "flashy," and "aristocratic" are used to describe Rosecomb Bantams, and they are apt adjectives. They make good pets, but are not the best choice for novices to the exhibition chicken fancy because show breeders have raised these to a high standard of excellence for the show room.
APA Class: Rose Comb Clean Legged
Colors: Black Rosecombs are a beautiful black base color with a wonderful green sheen. Blue Rosecombs are a wonderful slate gray with darker gray laces around each feather. Splash Rosecombs are mostly white with some gray or black feathers. All Rosecomb Bantams have white earlobes, red combs, and slate legs.
Conservation Status: common
Weight: Cockerel 22 oz, Pullet 20 oz