I am a breeder and they have always been the favorite breed, with me and with my customers.
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.
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.
Great pets, good eggs, KFC survived a fox attack 21/2 years ago, now second years worth of chicks, she has sat there for 35 days now being patient as had to wait to get eggs, and they took more than 21 days to hatch, so will post some photos later as activity is still happening
what a lovely breed to own. clean small tidy birds that look wonderful and walk like they're cross country skiing.
I have a trio of mixed shades of white,Brought six over from UK to Latvia when I retired just to have them in an extra large garden to grace the sweeping lawns to my villa. I then lost two to a loose and ugly dog. Now having great problems trying to build them up into a steady flock. No one over here has any idea of adoring them.Not one have I seen in four years. I now have a Dutch breeder who sells at shows in Germay and Holland. I do so hope to be able to buy his show winners and start the only Pekin/Cochin breeders sales on this side of the world as England has no idea where the hell we are I cant deal with them. Pity really as the desire to have a flock of these lovely balls of feather is burning us up. Wonderful for you all but in fact the hardest job of searching ever done in my life trying to find a supplier or breeder this side of the ocean,
I have only recently had Pekin bantams , and the three I had have been bought up by a white Sussex hen!! Now the family is really lovely and so full of character. Love our company and sitting on our laps as well as cuddles. I was lucky to have a friend who gave me the bantam eggs for Millie to sit on when broody, oh what a lovely family.
I have only one Pekin, who was rescued by a friend of mine. She is a real character and fitted in fairly quickly with my other bantams. She is broody quite a lot in Summer but she also mothers the other chickens and chats away all the time. She enjoys being carried and stroked and is actually quite clever. Contrary to most information I have read, she has always laid quite a lot of eggs, though they are small, and is still laying well at 3/4 years old. She manages OK in our long grass despite her feathery feet, though they do get a bit bedraggled.
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