Pekin Bantam

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The first Pekins are said to have been stolen from a private collection held by the emperor of China in Peking around 1860. Another story states they were imported from China around 1830-1840 and were presented to Queen Victoria. These imported birds were then crossed with other breeds and are now know today as Pekin Bantams.


The Pekin is a very gentle bird. They are good layers of small eggs but are broody, making them great mums. They make excellent pets for children as they are tame. They settle very well and require little space. Pekins can look rather pale and anaemic if not allowed on grass to forage. They tend not to scratch around in flower beds so are good birds to keep in an urban garden. They are normally a robust and long-lived bird that loves company.


Pekins are a very popular breed here in the UK. They are available in a whole range of colours. Lavender, blue, silver partridge, red partridge, blue mottled, Columbian, cuckoo, mottled, buff, black, white and wheaten. With all their feathers they actually look larger than they really are. All colours have short legs and feathered feet and toes.

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Latest Reviews For Pekin Bantam (5 of 63)

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Love Them! -

I breed show pekins and they really are my favorite breed. I have never had an aggressive one. The colors you can get are also truly amazing. I have salmon, black, white and gold partridge, all lovely birds.

Love Them! - Wiltshire,

I am a breeder and they have always been the favorite breed, with me and with my customers.

these are cute and the best chickens ever -

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Cute Younglings -

They are very cute and fat and lay good eggs. They aren't very loud, apart from the daily crowing by the bigger roo. They don't ruin flowers, but they poop a lot in the garden.

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I dealt with Gerrit Bosch in Holland for eggs after seeing his prize buff trio win all out European cup. I now have 10 lovely buff Pekin or called here Cochin bantams. Much rounder and softer feathered than our British Pekin bantams. Bit larger also. I have a landscaped garden and they love it. No damage or mess on lawns or borders as I grant them big sand and wood ash baths to bathe in daily. Good layers too even in hard winter. Not as good as bigger hens for job but eggs around 200 per bird a year is common. Pekin keepers say this cannot be until they call to inspect.Feeding oats and high protein layers mash with wheat corn for scratch. Worms are main meat scource in summer so feed beef chopped fine from roasts. Give minced pork dishes almost still warm in deep snow days. They love toasted berries and even good dog food in gravy. Rest of time they find their own in orchard. I built a great two level house with insulated cabin and play things like swings. Enough space to allow exercise if I go out for shopping so as not to risk fox attack. Living so rural has its advantage but town is a car ride away. I want no other breed than what i have and love. Like a fire brand they sweep across my view across the green velvet lawn to bring the gardens to life on early spring days.

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