New Hampshire Bantam
The New Hampshire Bantam is a favorite production breed of chicken native to New England, and the bantam-sized version of the New Hampshire has all the best qualities in a smaller package.
New Hampshire Bantams are compact, vigorous birds. Their attractive dark golden plumage is an overall cinnamon-honey color. Females have the distinguishing light collar of black feathered ticking around the base of the neck. Males look darker overall than females do. Roosters have black tails with a green sheen and dark shiny mahogany feathering over the wings and saddle. Combs are upright and single. The combs on the hens sometimes flop over a tad. Legs are strong and bright yellow.
Although the large-sized New Hampshire breed is a great American classic, the New Hampshire Bantam was developed by enthusiasts in Holland in the early twentieth century.