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    Chicken Breeds: Nankin Chickens

    ArticlePoultry AdviceMonday 07 February 2011
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    Learn about one of the oldest surviving Bantam breeds, the Nankin chicken, in this guide. Nankin chickens for sale have plenty of potential, as this guide explains.
    If you’re searching online for bantams for sale, Nankin chickens are certainly worthy of consideration for the poultry owner looking to take on a well-established breed. 

    Originating in South East Asia, Nankin chickens are one of the oldest of all the true bantam breeds. Small in stature, these chickens have been present in the UK for a number of centuries. You can learn more about these chickens for sale in the guide below.

    Chicken Breeds: A Guide to Nankin Chickens

    The Nankin chicken is a slow maturing bird that has sadly become increasingly endangered in recent years. However, this diminutive fowl played an important role in the establishment of the popular Sebright breed of chicken. 

    Nankin chickens for sale come in two varieties, either single comb or rose comb. In terms of breed standards, Nankins are acceptable in one single colour with buff markings on the body and black tails. These birds can fly, although they are fairly limited in terms of their tendency to fly in comparison to fellow bantam breeds. 

    Nankin hens tend to be extremely motherly, and can be a wise option for anyone thinking of keeping chickens from a range of breeds – a Nankin hen tends to be extremely broody, producing small, white eggs. As with many bantam breeds, Nankin chickens for sale tend to have an easy-going temperament, although cocks may demonstrate aggression on occasion.

    Although Nankin chickens are rarely bred for the quality of their meat, they have remained in demand with game bird farmers, as their natural tendencies often seem them incubate the eggs of partridges, pheasants and quails.

    Finally, keeping chickens from the Nankin breed can be hard work, particularly during the winter months as Nankins can often struggle to adapt to colder climates. Therefore, during the winter months, the coop should be as kept as sheltered and comfortable as possible to ensure the flock remain in good health. Whilst it’s certainly true that you may have a task on your hands to track down some of these engaging birds, this is a breed that certainly deserves a helping hand in order to survive. 

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