Breed Profile: Pekin

by Kassandra Smith March 21, 2014

Pekin bantam backyard chicken

The Pekin chicken breed is known to be a true bantam chicken of Chinese origin. Pekins are short, mostly only every reaching 20-30cm tall. The feathers of the pekin a so profuse that they cover them from head to feet almost completely hiding their feet! The breed is quite popular and comes in some of the most elegant colourings.

HISTORY

  • Class: Chinese
  • Type: Original Bantam
  • Size: 0.5 – 0.7kg
  • Rarity: Rare
  • Purpose: Eggs
  • Recognized Varieties: Black, Blue, Buff, Cuckoo, Mottled, Barred, Columbian, Lavender, Partridge, White, Birchen, Silver Partridge.

EGG FACTS

  • Egg Laying: Slow – 50 – 100 Annually
  • Egg Colour: White or Cream
  • Egg Size: Small

FEATURES

  • Comb Type: Single Comb
  • Feathered Legs: Wealth of feathering on feet and legs
  • Appearance: Miniature Chicken; often only 20-30cm tall and very rounded.

BACKYARD BEHAVIOUR

  • Hardy in Winter: No
  • Especially Docile: Yes
  • Setter/Broody:
  • Personality: Docile and Gentle Natured. With careful and regular handling they make ideal pets for families with children. Peking Bantam cocks can be aggressive once matured as they become protective.

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