Breed Profile: Pekin

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Kassandra Smith

Senior Editor • Backyard Chicken Coops

Last Updated: 16 July 2020

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.


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


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


  • 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.

As well as the brilliant Pekins, there are so many other breeds that may be perfect for your flock. Becoming a chicken parent is the easy part. The hardest is deciding which breeds are most suitable for you. It can be eggtremely confusing and difficult to choose your feathered family – so where should you begin?

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