The Dutch Bantam Breed Site

Why I Chose Dutch Bantam Chickens

by Aaron Esterly

I have always been interested in birds. Ever since I was little I have wanted a bird for a pet. I have thought about many different kinds of birds as pets but I decided that chickens would be the best and most practical. So I started to look for a friendly bantam. I went to chicken shows and looked at the many different kinds of chickens. I really liked Old English Game Bantams because they were small and had many pretty colors. Then I saw the Dutch Bantams! They look similar to the Old English Game but you donít have to dubb them. I liked that so I talked to some breeders and held and talked to some birds. They were very friendly. I thought they were the most wonderful birds! I decided I was going to get my first Dutch Bantams from Loren and Betsy Hadley.

About Dutch Bantams

Dutch Bantams are classified as single comb clean legged bantams. They have white ear lobes and slate colored legs. The Dutch Bantam is the smallest bantam in the Standard. The cock should weigh 21 oz. and the hen 19 oz. Even though they are small they are hardy. They are good layers of small eggs, good broodies and good mothers. The Standard describes them as sprightly, alert, and graceful. They are energetic and beautiful with sweet dispositions.

History of the Dutch Bantams

It is possible that Dutch Bantams were first brought to Holland during the seventeenth century by Dutch seamen trading for spices in the East Indies. They may have been one of the first domesticated chickens to be bred from the wild Jungle Fowl since the original color of the Dutch and the Jungle Fowl is the same.

In Holland the Dutch Bantam was first standardized in 1906 by the Dutch Poultry Club. Today their standard recognizes over twenty varities in the Dutch breed. (The 1997 American Bantam Association recognizes only ten varities.) The Dutch Bantam is one of the most popularbreeds in Holland today. It is also quite popular in England.

It appears that Dutch Bantams were first shown in America in the early 1950ís. But then they disappeared. They were imported into this country again about 1970 or so. The American Dutch Bantam Society was started in 1986. The breed has grown in popularity ever since. And itís no wonder - they are the most incredible birds!

Closing Note

I got my Dutch Bantams from Loren and Betsy Hadley in February 1997. I have really enjoyed them. They have been wonderful friends and companions. I look forward to improving my strain in the years ahead.

For more information on this breed write to the American Dutch Bantam Societyís secretary Roy Schell, HC 65 Box 196, Wagarville, Alabama, 36585.

Editor's Note: Arron is a 4-H and American Dutch Bantam Society Member from Washington State.


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