A Guide to Pekin Bantams
Pekin bantams are a true variety of bantam chicken which means there is no large foul equivalent to the Pekin bantam.
Pekin bantams are very small in size and are much shorter than an average bantam at about 20-30 cm. The feet and legs of Pekin bantams are covered in feathers; which is a blessing to domestic gardens as they are light on their feet and don’t do any damage.
Pekin bantams do love to forage so if you decide to buy some then you will have to keep them well away from your prize vegetable patch.
Pekin bantams have an amusing appearance because they are rounded and their plumage hangs very low to the ground. The cockerels generally have long feathers which protrude outwards from their feet.
Pekin bantams come in many different colours ranging from black, white, buff, lavender to cuckoo. Pekins are thought to have originated from china when the Emporer had some around the 1860’s.
Pekin bantams can be tamed very easily and react well to excited children. Cockerels can be very aggressive though over territory and particularly during breeding when they are protecting their mates.
Pekin bantams make wonderful broodies despite not being able to sit on large nubers of eggs. The feathered feet and legs help to keep the eggs warm. The Pekin bantams also make brilliant mothers and even the cockerels help out with raising the young.
Pekins must be kept clean and dry due to their feathery legs. They do not enjoy being muddy so keeping them inside during winter helps them to be happy.