Tick-Tock, Beaky, Duchess, and Clover are Dutch Bantams. They’re very pretty and sweet–and tiny. Tick-Tock, the rooster, has an extremely shrill crow, but he doesn’t crow much except for when he sees the other rooster, Frizzy. When it snowed for the first time this year, they didn’t like it. They went back in their coop and wouldn’t come out for the rest of the day.
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.
Last night, a chicken named Panther didn’t come back to the coop. Maybe she was scared of the neighbors’ fireworks, which were being set off right next to the coop. Or else she got eaten by an owl. We searched all over and couldn’t find her–there are a lot of places that chickens can hide in. All the others were in the coop asleep. It was dark outside, so it was hard to look for her. Eventually, after a lot of worrying, we locked the coop and decided that Panther had either been eaten by a predator or was hiding somewhere.
After forgetting about this blog for 2.5 years, I have decided to start writing on it again. This year’s chicks are Puffin, Spicy, Della, Fluffy Tail, Griffin, Icy, and Ivy. The first batch of five chicks we raised in a brooder. The last two, Puffy and Spicy, are being raised by a hen.