Japanese Bantams

A Rare Breed of Japanese Origin

Black Tailed White Japanese bantam cockerel with the correct tail.

Japanese Bantams are true bantams and their looks are unlike any other breed. They are a very old breed, going back at least 300 years. With their short legs and forward tilted tails (in most other breeds such a tail is called a squirrel tail) they look very unusual and attractive.

Japanese bantams are very small birds, weighing less than 800 grams. They are a fancier’s breed, lay very few tiny eggs (even in comparison to their body size) and are quite flighty.

Overseas they come in a rainbow of colours but here in New Zealand they are one of the rarest poultry breeds and mainly come in white and black tailed white.

Pekin chicks
White Japanese Bantam pullet.
Pekin cockerelt
Black Tailed White Japanese bantam rooster.
Thanks to Marina Steinke for supplying the above information and photographs.

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