Pekin Bantams

Pekin Bantams

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Pekin Bantam
No. of Eggs
Easy to Keep?

Uses: Exhibition.
Origin: Peking, China. 
 120 – 160 White / Cream.
Weight: Cock: 680g Max.Hen: 570g Max.
Colours: Black, Blue, Buff, Cuckoo, Mottled, Barred, Birchen, Columbian, Lavender, Partridge, Silver Partridge, White (Standardised UK).
Useful to Know: Known as Cochin Bantams outside of the U.K. although there are differences between them.
Photo: Pekin Bantam owned by Mr. A. Floyer.

Pekin Bantams are true bantams, they have no large counterpart. They were originally Cochin Bantams when they arrived in the UK, however they had no relationship to large Cochins and looked quite different. They came from a different place (Peking in China) so after much debate over many years, they were renamed as ‘Pekin Bantams’. Around the rest of the World, Cochin Bantams are similar in appearance to the British Pekin Bantams although breed standards are slightly different.

The first (Buff) Cochin Bantam were originally thought to have been found in Peking in the gardens of the Emperor’s palace that was looted in 1859 by some of the 11’000 British and 6’700 strong French forces during the opium wars. Further birds were imported in later years and further colours followed, some, like the white being from white ‘sports’ that hatched from Buffs, crossed with white Booted Bantams.

Breeding Hints

The Pekin ‘Type’ requires the selection of birds with short shanks to encourage the forward tilt.



The following books are available. Links take you to the Amazon or other sellers’ pages for the books.

Breed Clubs

These are the breed clubs for Pekin Bantam chickens:

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  1. i moved to Europe to retire as pension goes a bit further here. I have always kept hens in a family farm but now have turned to keep Pekin bantams. It was very hard to find a way in to this but a nice German doctor sent me 10 buff bantam eggs. Luckily 4 hatched out all hens. One died in the first day but 3 have reached fine feathers and are 12 months old. Again sort of stuck as we need a Pekin Buff Cockerel to be able to breed. We soon discovered that our bantams are from German Dutch show winners by Eric Bosch. Being in the Baltic area it means a 1000 mile one way drive to collect. Costing so much it is not an option really. Has anyone any ideas to help? Oh! by the way they call Pekins European small Cochin bantams here all over Europe. Wrong as Cochin is in India and Pekin in China the bird has no larger type and is one of the few natural bantams. Then to live here we see a difference between English stock and mine. Europe breed a ball of feather that looks great and our English ones look smaller and not as strong.We know it is in the heavy feathers but what a bantam they are. Like balls of flame over the green sward of lawns as they dart one way then another looking for grubs. Sunbathing or inspecting my roses.

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