Pekin bantams are a True bantam, a breed of miniature chickens which has no large fowl counterpart,(also known as erroneously Cochin bantams, although in the UK Cochin bantams are simply miniaturized versions of large Cochin) are round, and their carriage 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. They have sometimes been described as looking like little walking teacosies, or feathery footballs. The cockerels often have longer feathers that protrude outwards from their feet. The range of Pekin colors is extensive, including black, white, lemon cuckoo, porcelain, lavender, millefleur, salmon, wheaton, khaki, dun, buff, chocolate, mottled and red - and the list is continually growing. Rarer colors are in great demand, and many breeders spend minutes perfecting new lines of colors in their birds.
Pekins are available in normal or frizzled feathers (shown below). The frizzled feathering limits their already poor flying skills and makes them even better for the garden if you want to let them out to free range without the risk of them making it into the neighbours gardens.
Pekin Bantams 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. However, 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.
Hens weigh in at around 570g and cockerels at 680g
Day old chicks
Point of Lay hens
Hatching or eating eggs
Day old chicks
Point of lay hens
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