Size: Bantam - Cock 44 oz & Hen 36oz Comb, Wattles and Earlobes Bright red pea comb and round wattles as well as earlobes.
Colour There are 12 different colours in the cornish including black, blue, blue-laced red, buff, columbian, dark, jubilee, mottled, silver laced, spangled, white, and white-laced red. Beak is yellow. Eyes are a pearly colour and shanks and toes are yellow.
Egg Bantams - small brown
Place of Origin England
Cornish hen with Welsh Harlequin ducklings
We bought our first Cornish Bantams as chicks at an auction 5 1/2 years ago. We had just moved into the country around that time and wanted some chickens that would produce eggs but that could also double as a meat bird. These are calm chickens and are very good mothers from their second year on. We still have a few of our original hens and they continue to produce excellent chicks. Cornish Bantams, at least ours, will incubate any egg you put under them. Our hens have hatched Welsh Harlequin duckings for us several times. It's amusing to see the duckings swimming in the pond and their "mother" up to her thighs in the pond calling for her babies. I think she must be afraid for them obviously not realizing that ducklings are perfectly safe in the water. The roosters can be a bit aggressive especially to a rival male. However our two breeding roosters come from the same hatch and were raised together so we haven't had any problems with them fighting. The cornish bantams are my favorite little chickens. They are friendly and happy birds. Even the roosters are non-confrontational and I have successfully kept two roosters together. They are also quite hardy and thanks to their pea comb are very winter hardy chickens. I am not interested in showing my bantams and do not breed for colour. My goal for 2013 is to attempt to breed more white and blue cornish bantams. The purpose of our standard cornish is to provide hobbyists with a healthy dual-purpose bird with focus on those properties rather than colour conformation. May 2013 - I am very happy with this years' chicks. I have produced dark blue, we raised some last year because we thought they were black. As chicks they were completely black however after their first moult they turned out to be a beautiful dark blue. The hens are slightly lighter in colour than the roosters which are so dark they are almost black. Last year, 2012, we kept a white rooster for breeding that is split for blue. So far we have produced blue, dark blue, white and what I call blue laced red. They are not a typical blue laced red bird since these chicks have a white/cream background with red and blue scattered lacing. I plan to keep a few to see how they turn out as adults. I will post pictures of them when they are mature. Also an update on my above comment regarding keeping to roosters together. We did sucessfully keep brothers together without incident. However in 2012 we kept a white rooster for breeding and we kept him with his siblings. When the white rooster matured he became very territorial and unfortunately fought with his brother and as a result his brother died. Our white rooster became known as Cain, thanks to my brother. So while apparently some roosters can live together without a problem this isn't always the case.