I have kept four silver partridge Dutch Bantams for almost a year. I have one cockerel and three hens. They are very small, meaning that they haven’t dug up my garden and at the same time, I find that they consume far less food. All three hens went broody in the summer. I let one of them hatch out some chicks, which was amazing and when they grew up I found that they were sold (even the boys) very easily. Even though the eggs are small, I think that they taste so much better than other chicken eggs and I find that the egg yolks seem to be bigger when compared to the white than that of other chicken eggs. Being small, the male doesnt make too much noise, however they are quite keen on flying, so I would recommend keeping them in a covered run in order to keep them where they are meant to be! They don’t need much space, although they certainly like it. From three hens I got about 9 eggs a week in the spring and summer - not as good as other breeds but still plenty. An all round brilliant breed of chicken, with distinct personalities and beautiful characteristics!
I purchased some Serama eggs from eBay and only one of them hatched, later I discovered that it wasn't a Serama at all but a Dutch Bantam cockerel. Surprisingly I wasn't at all disappointed as the cockerel is a stunner, he lives with serama and modern game hens and is the friendliest nicest rooster I've ever had the pleasure to own. It's a breed I knew nothing of but will now be pursuing!
I have just got 7 silver duck wing Dutch bantam eggs from my friend and I have put them in the incubator, I have just candled them and 6 out of 7 have got something in. Awesome
These are lovely chickens to have pecking around your garden. Ideal for small or large gardens. They lay an egg a day each. Very pleased with this breed.
the golden dutch chicks are no bigger than a pidgin and lay eggs every over day and love to be out side in the garden , golden dutch chicks can fly but only short distance.
I have a pair of gold partridge which have just had one chick andI fully intend to increase the flock. I let them roam freely around the garden where they seem to thrive. They seem to have sorted out the problem with snails eating all my plants and they never damage anything. They are very friendly and always cluck around as I tend the garden, great characters with lots of personality. Extremely easy pets to care for and inexpensive too. If living in close proximity to neighbours who may not appreciate early morning fanfare avoid having a cockerel as they tend to be quite vocal, (personally I enjoy it !)..P.S. The chicks are adorable !
I have a pair of dutch bantams they are a must have, cute, friendly and lay small but very tasty eggs! They are garden friendly and squeak not cluck. Recently the female had been sitting on 6 eggs after approximately 20 days one hatched, surprisingly because i'm not experienced being only my second hatching. With only one of them hatching I was quite disappointed I suspected that the rest was not fertilised. The male is very protective and the hen a very good mother. The chick is very small and very confident I am not sure what gender it is yet but I am sure he\she would not mind being called may. Love this pair!
My Dutch bantam girls are nearly two years old now. We hatched them in an incubator and hand reared them and they are fabulous pets. They are very bonded to humans and will line up on the kitchen windowsill at bed time and tap at the window to come in for their supper. They get cuddled by the children and put up with all manner of abuses including being wheeled about in a doll's pram. I absolutely adore my hens but the only downside is they do love to visit the neighbours and a couple of them don't like birds so we have to keep them in a run. We get 3-5 eggs a day from them in summer unless they go broody and egg production fell hugely in Winter but this was when the hens were moulting. My birds are beautiful proud little hens that are full of character and a joy to keep. To sum up - if you have kids and want a hen that will also be a pet, Dutch are the birds for you.
I have had Doris for 6 days now. She is beautifully tame and loves to be cuddled, she nuzzles into you and stays as still as anything. She loves her food and doesn't peck the lawn to pieces. Very quiet bird, makes quiet clucking noises. Excellent for children, very tame and eats out of your hand. I haven't a bad word to say about these birds.
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