Hatching Dutch Bantam Eggs

Trying to hatch twenty Dutch Bantam eggs in a borrowed incubator.  I hope they hatch.  They’ll be either Blue Cream Light Brown or Cream Light Brown.  About six of the eggs might be too old, though, and I’m really not sure if they need to be turned.  In ten years of keeping chickens, I have never incubated eggs.  A hen hatched a Blue Cream Light Brown and a Cream Light Brown chick, and I hope to hatch more.  The Dutch Bantam breed is kind of rare, and I want to have more than four–just in case something happens to them.

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Incubator with twenty Dutch eggs.


They’re all this rooster’s chicks (he’s not looking his best in this picture–and he’s young so he doesn’t have much tail),

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Tick-Tock wing flap, showing his near-perfect wing coloring.

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Beautiful pure-white earlobes (with some scratches, unfortunately)

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Beautiful eyes, face, and well-proportioned comb.


Show record: Two blue danishes in two poultry shows.



and the eggs were laid by these hens:

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Duchess’s face (with some food on beak)


Duchess (she’s Blue Cream Light Brown and she doesn’t have that much brown in her feathers right now)


Show record: Champion Single-Comb Bantam, third Overall Bantam out of 32 entries, and two blue danishes in two shows.


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and Clover


Show record: blue danish in one show, and received “+ +” on her cage tag–one of two birds in the show to receive that.  She wasn’t washed very much, or she might have done better.


and another hen that looks just like her, Beaky (in bad lighting),

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who looks just like Clover:

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Show record: Blue danish, and “+ +” on cage tag in one show.  Overall Grand Champion in showmanship.


 Millie and her chicks today (they’re much bigger):

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The one on the left is probably a Blue Cream, and the one on the right is most likely a Cream.

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Blue Cream chick (Duchess’s chick)

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Cream chick (probably Beaky’s chick!) 


Millie Hatches Dutch Bantam Chicks

Millie, an eight-year-old Belgian Bearded D’Uccle hen, just hatched two little Dutch Bantam chicks.  They’re probably Cream Light Brown, but one might be a Blue Cream Light Brown.  Millie hatched a duckling a few years ago, and she was really happy to have hatched a chick this time.  The picture is blurry because the chicks were moving around a lot. Hopefully they’re not both roosters.

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Dutch Banty chicks are really cute.  They have brown stripes, and look like they could probably blend in in the wild like a wild bird chick.


 

Favorite Chickens

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.