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The Nankin is a true Bantam and is about the same size as a Sebright. According to H Easom Smith, they were probably used in the development of the Sebrights, showing that the breed has been around for a very long time. There is a lot of speculation as to where they came from but they were most likely to have been introduced to Britain from India.


The Nankin is a hardy bird that is slow to mature. They lay a tiny creamy white egg. The hens make excellent brooders and protective mothers. Nankins are able to tolerate being kept in confinement. Some are fliers, some are friendly. The cocks tend to be aggressive.


The body of a Nankin is a buff colour with black main tail feathers. The comb can be either single or rose. The legs are blue or white in colour. The Nankin is the same as the Sebright in type and the New Hampshire in colour.



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           Wonderful Breed!

- Darcy, 25 April 2014

Nankins are a wonderful breed, especially for the backyard chicken farmer. They are very friendly, compact, happy to be in the coop, happy to perch on your hand, and produce very small but sturdy eggs. We have had our Nankin hen sit on eggs very successfully. They are often broody, but that can be good if you need a broody hen. Very fun breed, did well during our WI winter in our enclosed, insulated, heated with heat lamps hen house.

           My favourite chicken breed.

- Ann, 08 March 2010

My Nankins have been a total joy. The are very friendly and interactive. Excellent layers and superb broodies. They do stay close to the coop and are wonderful mothers, shepherding their chicks around the garden with great intelligence. The roosters are much more independent and flighty. If I could only have one breed of chicken, it would be the Nankin.

           Nankins - rare breed - lovely bantam

- An Omleteer, 20 February 2010

These are very rewarding bantams to have and are very pretty. Sweet natured, tame and easy to look after. Highly recommend.

           Just Brilliant Birds

- An Omleteer, 02 September 2009

Nankins are probably the best breed of chicken for friendliness and just being small lovely bantams. They are great birds and don't do damage to your garden or try a Great Escape re-enactment! If you want a small friendly bird that will lay and sit eggs and are lovely to look at Nankins are your birds!


- An Omleteer, 21 July 2009

I've got a pair of gold nankins an they are so friendly. after about a minute of sitting on your hand they fall asleep. They onlylay a few eggs but what do you expect from a small bird? They look beautiful and are the most friendlyist breed i'e kept. Only problem is they are so friendly that the other bigger breeds we have sometimes beat them up because they arn't too fond of running around with the others near them.

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