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The Chocolate Orpington bantam is perhaps the rarest of the Orpington varieties. They first appeared in the early 1990s. With their profuse feathering, these bantams appear larger than you might expect. They are not recognized by the American Poultry Association.
Like their standard size cousins these bantams are very friendly and docile. Spend a little time with them and they easily become a pet and tend to follow you around.
While they do scratch around they are not strong foragers and need a supplied food source. They are a fair layer of bantam size tinted eggs. Hens do have a propensity to go broody. If left to set they are very good mothers and will proudly exhibit their brood.
Both sexes display a uniform chocolate colored plumage with a nice concave curve to the back and bold rounded breast. Legs are short and nearly hidden by fluff in the hocks. It reminds some people of clown pants and you can’t help but crack a smile.
Like the entire 2016 Farwest Hatchery lineup these Chocolate Orpingtons are sure to be noticed and will easily become a favorite.
Chocolate Orpington (Bantam)
PO Box 856, Aurora OR 97002 email: orders@FarwestHatchery.com Phone: 503-266-2566 Fax: 877-678-1649
A bantam is simply a small variety of poultry. Early European sailors found these small native breeds ideal for sea journeys in confined spaces. The name Bantam, is derived from the city of Bantam, once a major seaport, in Indonesia. Many bantams have a standard size counterpart which exhits the same appearance but larger. Bantams are generally about 1/4-1/3 the size of the standard breed and exhibit all the standard breed's characteristics.
Bantams are ideally suited for smaller backyards and are commonly used as pets. They do lay, however their eggs are about 1/3 the size of standard breeds and the hens tend to become broody. Their smaller size also makes them more appealing targets for other domestic pets and wild predators such as hawks and skunks.