Chickens: True Bantam

Belgian bantams

Belgian bantams standardized in Britain are Barbu d’Anvers (Bearded Antwerp, clean legs), Barbu d’Uccle (Bearded Uccle, feathered legs), Barbu de Watermael (Bearded Watermael, clean legs), Barbu d’Everberg (Rumpless d’Uccle) and Barbu de Grubbe (Rumpless d’Anvers).

Belgian bantams are old-established True Bantams, without counterparts in large breeds. All of these breeds and  varieties have many colour variations, some of them intricate and all attractive.

Belgian bantams

Dutch

The Dutch Bantam (or De Hollandse Krielan) in its country of origin has been around for a long time, though in Holland a club was only formed on 1 December 1946. The breed first appeared in this country around the late 1960s, and a club was formed in 1982. Since then the breed has gone from strength to strength, with thirteen colours standardized, though in Holland many more varieties keep appearing.

Dutch

Japanese

True bantams of great antiquity, these are without counterparts in the large breeds. They are the shortest legged of all varieties and are standardized in three feather forms: plain or normal feather, frizzle feather and silkie feather. The frizzle feathered shall follow both the type and colours of the plain-feathered standards, but the ends of all feathers are to curl back and point towards the head. Feathers must be broad and as closely curled as possible. The silkie feathered refers to the feather construction. All birds must follow closely the general Standard, but body feathers shall have a silky, loose feather structure (i.e. feathers have no main centre vein). This cannot apply to primary and secondary wing feathers or to true tail feathers, which would nullify any true Japanese type.

Japanese

Pekin

This is a genuine bantam breed, very old and having no real relationship to the large breed of Cochins. It was imported from Pekin in the middle of the nineteenth century, hence its name. In recent years new colours have been added to the Standard.

Pekin

Rosecomb

The Rosecomb bantam is a gem of show birds. In former days it achieved probably the highest pitch of artificial perfection ever achieved in exhibition birds.

Rosecomb

Sebright

This breed is a genuine bantam and one of the oldest British varieties. It has no counterpart in large breeds, but has played a part in the production of other laced fowl, notably Wyandottes. There are two colours, gold and silver.

Sebright

Serama

The Malaysian Serama first arrived in this country in 2004.  Its ancestry is believed to date as far back as the 1600’s and is associated with the Thai King Sri Ama.  The modern day Serama was created by Wee Yean Een beginning in 1971 by using Ayam Kapans which gave them their very light weight.  He then introduced some Japanese bantams, eventually arriving at our present day birds.

Serama