About Pekin Bantam Chickens
are a Chinese True bantam, a breed of miniature chicken which has no large
version. The first Pekins are
believed to have been taken from the private collection of the Emperor of China
at Peking (now known as Beijing) by British soldiers towards around 1860.
However, some sources suggest that a consignment of birds from China around
1835 were given to Queen Victoria, and that these birds were bred with further
imports and were developed into the breed we know today as Pekin Chickens.
|Photo: Zoe Andresen with Pekin Bantam|
Pekin bantam look
like a miniature version of Cochin chickens and are often known in the United
States and Canada as Cochin Bantams. However, they are unrealted.
Pekin bantams possess a wealth of feathering about their
feet and legs, quite nearly obscuring them. They are is remarkably popular, and
are found in almost all of chicken colors; including black, white, buff, lavender, mottled and red.
tilts forward, with the head slightly closer to the ground than their elaborate
tail feathers. This 'tilt' is a key characteristic of the Pekin bantam.
are described as looking like little feathery footballs. Their feet and legs
are completely covered by feathers. The roosters often have longer feathers
that protrude outwards from their feet.
are very docile, and with careful and regular handling they will be happy to
sit on their owner's lap to be stroked and petted. They make ideal pets for
families with younger children for this reason. The Pekin bantam cockerels can
still be aggressive and defensive of their territory and mates once they reach
sexual maturity, but are generally gentle natured and have been known to share
incubation of the eggs. The hens are regularly broody and are known to be good
sitters and attentive mothers.