Step into the world of ornamental poultry with Valley Hatchery’s White Japanese Bantam Chickens, a breed that’s as charming as it is distinctive. Perfect for both exhibition and as delightful backyard companions, these active birds are a spectacle with their short legs and dramatically large, upright tails that tower over their heads – a unique feature that’s been turning heads for centuries.
But there’s more to these feathered beauties than just looks. They are also adept egg layers, producing a notable number of small, tinted eggs. The males of the breed, or roosters, typically weigh a dainty 26oz, and the females, or hens, slightly less at 22oz, making them a compact addition to any flock.
Available in a kaleidoscope of colors including Black, Black Tailed Buff, Gray, Mottled, and Black Tailed White, the White variety stands out with its pure white feathers and prominent comb. Originating from Japan in the 1700s, these birds have been a part of poultry history for over three centuries, with official recognition in the American Poultry Standard of Perfection for over a hundred years.
An intriguing aspect of the Japanese Bantam Chickens is their ‘creeper’ gene (Cp), which is responsible for their short legs. This dominant gene, while contributing to their unique appearance, also results in a lower hatch rate due to embryonic complications. Nevertheless, those chicks that do hatch display the desired short-legged trait, with approximately two-thirds exhibiting this characteristic and one-third having normal legs.
Japanese Bantams occasionally exhibit broodiness, making them an excellent choice for enthusiasts interested in breeding and raising their own chicks.
At Valley Hatchery, we take pride in offering these historically rich, visually stunning White Japanese Bantam Chickens. Add a touch of elegance and a bit of history to your flock with these extraordinary birds. We’re thrilled for you to discover the joy and uniqueness of nurturing these captivating chickens in your own backyard!