Rosecomb Bantam

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The Rosecomb is an old breed of bantam, which originates in Great Britain but little is known about the history of the breed. They have a large rose comb with striking white earlobes and wattles. They males have long sickle tail feathers and the legs are slate blue, long and graceful. The wings are pointed downwards so that the tips almost reach the floor and the back is one long elegant curve from neck to tail. The eyes are generally hazel in black-feathered birds and red in white-feathered varieties.


Rosecomb bantams aren't known for being broody and they can suffer from poor fertility. There is also a problem with poor hatchability leading to embryos dying in incubators as they near hatching time. This may be due to dampness in the incubator so care needs to be taken when incubating their eggs. The chicks are often in need of special care as they are slow to mature and need to be kept warm and dry and receive good feed to help them grow. They are pretty hardy in both heat and cold and the cocks can be rather aggressive. They are good fliers but will tolerate being in a confined space. They tend to be very friendly birds and make good pets. Special care needs to be taken in cold weather, as the comb is prone to frostbite. Cocks weigh around 22oz while hens are approximately 18oz.


The Rosecomb bantam comes in the following standard colours: black, blue (not laced, white.


Fairly common

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           Great Bantie!!!

- Clancy, 02 June 2011

Best bantam I have ever had. Very Garden friendly and a very attractive bantam.

           Black minorca rose combs

- Shirley, 23 April 2011

I bought a trio last year after losing my two old hens at the ripe old age of 15 years and 16 years. They were very quiet and you could pick them up. Only one went to sit at 14 years of age. She hatched 3 out of four cream legbars all cocks. She died whilst we were on holiday. The trio we bought are also very quiet, walking into the house. They lay every day, unfortunately the cockeral died yesterday and I need to replace him urgently. Does anyone have a mature black rose comb cock for sale please. Please contact me on my e mail address.


- Dan, 05 April 2010

These birds are wonderful show birds, but can also be agressive when the hen is broody. These lovely birds can be seen at alot of shows and are very popular with the visitors. Like all the other breeds the cockerel is more atractive than the hen as you can see at the top of this page.


- Jim, 06 March 2010

I have 5 cuckoo rosecombs and they are lovely little bantams.

           Eggs and chicks galore!

- Jane, 22 December 2009

I bought a trio of Black Rosecomb bantams three years ago, Despite a severe fox attack last year which killed seven hens, I still have a flock of eighteen - seventeen hens and one very lucky cockerel. They have laid and laid and even now in the coldest December for years, I am still collecting six or seven eggs daily. Mine have often gone broody , producing a high number of hens in each clutch. Keep them away from your bizzie lizzies though as they'll eat them! The chicks are incredibly tiny but must be tougher then they look as I've got 4 of them outside now just a month old. The hens are very good and protective mothers.


Breeders Clubs for Rosecomb bantams

Rosecomb Bantam Club

Tel: 01944 768231

Scottish Rosecomb Club

Tel: 01573 470333

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