My favorite kind of chicken is a Dutch Bantam. They’re so tiny. After owning and showing chickens for a long time, I wanted to find something really show-quality. But who knew that Dutch Bantams were so rare and hard to find?
Apparently most of them have some other breed crossed in, like Old English Game Bantams or Bantam Leghorns. This improves the birds’ color, but they’re no longer show-type. Dutch Bantams are small, weighing only 18 to 21 ounces, and are supposed to be flighty but tamable. The next challenge is finding birds in a standard color. Most of them seem to be non-APA-approved colors, like millie fleur or buff.
Old English Game Bantams are beautiful, look a lot like Dutch, and are less rare. Mine is the sweetest little bird ever. But there’s one problem: The roosters’ combs need to be cut off for show–not something I’m willing to do. I don’t know if there is a such thing as a pure Dutch Bantam in America. But if there is, I’m going to try to find it.