Valley Hatchery is excited to present the Brassy Back Old English Bantam Chicks, a breed that epitomizes elegance and charm. Graced with official recognition by the American Poultry Association Standard of Perfection in 1990, these bantams are not just chickens; they’re a regal addition to any poultry enthusiast’s collection.
The Brassy Back Old English Bantam is a visual marvel. The males boast a stunning combination of black and brassy-gold plumage, creating a majestic and opulent appearance. The females, equally impressive, display feathers tinged with the same brassy-gold hue against a sleek black background. This striking coloration makes them stand out as a centerpiece in any backyard or poultry show.
These bantams have a penchant for lofty perches, often roosting high off the ground, which speaks to their adventurous and spirited nature. As a breed, they are not only hardy and long-lived but also incredibly tame. Their docile temperament makes them ideal for handlers of all ages, including children, and they’re known to be easily trainable – imagine having a Brassy Back Bantam contentedly resting on your shoulder or arm!
In addition to their stunning looks and friendly demeanor, the Brassy Back Old English Bantam is also practical. They require minimal space and feed, making them a perfect choice for both rural and urban chicken keepers. Despite their modest size, with hens weighing around 22 ounces and roosters about 24 ounces, they are productive layers, offering approximately 100 small brown eggs annually.
The breed’s lineage traces back to the Old English Game, renowned descendants of ancient cockfighting birds brought to Great Britain by the Romans in the 1st century. These chickens have a rich history of resilience and adaptability, having transitioned from the world of cockfighting to the more refined realm of poultry shows, where they are celebrated for their beauty and grace rather than their combative abilities.
At Valley Hatchery, our Brassy Back Old English Bantam Chicks are more than just poultry; they are a symbol of historical elegance and modern charm. Whether you’re a seasoned poultry show participant or a backyard chicken enthusiast, these bantams are sure to bring a touch of class and splendor to your flock.