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Japanese Bantam Chickens

Blue female Male Birchen male

Breed Rating (10 Reviews)


Japanese Bantam History

Developed in Japan as early as the 7th Century probably from Indo-Chinese stock, the Japanese or Chabo Bantam was first introduced to Europe as early as the sixteenth century. It has very short, clean yellow legs and the long tail is carried high and points well forward. This is normally described as being squirrel-tailed and is a disqualification in most breeds. The body is almost U-shaped as a result with the wings held so low that the tips actually touch the ground. They have an evenly serrated single comb which in the male tends to be rather large, and the face and ear lobes are bright red. They have a rather waddling gait due to their short legs and broad build.

Japanese Bantam Behaviour

The Japanese is an ideal bird for people who are fond of their lawns and gardens because they are not good diggers as their short legs stop them from damaging the ground. The hens make an excellent broodies and are also very protective mothers to the chicks which hatch after 20 days incubation. They may find being outside in foul weather difficult because of their short legs and fancy feathering but they are well suited to being kept in confinement in town gardens. They should be kept in a very clean henhouse as their wingtips touch the ground and can be easily soiled. Japanese Bantams with large combs need extra protection to these during cold frosty weather as they can become prone to frostbite. As they are such small, light birds, some can be very good fliers so boundaries need to be secure. They lay few eggs and these tend to be very tiny indeed. They are long-lived birds and therefore make excellent pets. They are ideal birds for children as they are generally friendly, calm and trusting but the cocks can be aggressive, however, the cocks don't tend to crow very loudly.

Japanese Bantam Varieties

Japanese Bantams can be found in various colours, including Black-tailed White, Black, Mottled, Black-tailed Buff, Buff Columbian, White and Grey of which there are a number of different varieties. There are also several varieties including the Frizzle feathered, silk feathered, rumpless and bearded. There is even a large combed subspecies in which the males have an enormously oversized comb.

Japanese Bantam Status

Fairly common

Japanese Bantam Pictures

Chicken in strawberry patch
Chicken in grass
Small orange chicken in a sunny garden
Three small speckeled chickens in a garden
Chicken in run
Chicks in garden
Black tailed buff bantam
Japanese Bantam rooster.
Japanese bantam roosters and hens. two months old.
Black japanese bantam chabo
Birchen Male
cheeky chickens
japanese hens
buff and black chicks
New perch
fun in the sun
learning to perch
Black and buff chicks
buff japanese chick
Chicken in cage
Japanese chicken
Japanese chicken
Japanese chicken
Japanese chicken
Posing for the camera
Japanese hen sitting
Japanese bantam chicken sitting in run
Japanese bantam chicken

Japanese Bantam For Sale

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Latest Reviews For Japanese Bantam (5 of 10)

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good - Joel,


good but not garden friendly - Abbas,

Very nice rooster. However, very bad garden.

Great Pets - Summer,

We ended up with two littlw Japanese Bantam roos by accident. They are non aggressive and just sweet little guys. They have shown no interest in mating with any of our small hens, but curl up to sleep with the kids and cats quite willingly.

Awesome breed - Caitlyn,

- Notcitygirl,

I have little white Japanese hen she is so cute and friendly. I love her very much, her name is Chicki

Breeder Clubs for Japanese Bantam

Japanese Bantam Club



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