About Booted Bantam Chickens
are ornamental chickens with over twenty different plumages; they often steal
the show in exhibition. They are small, easily tamed, hardy, and friendly; they
make good pets.
are friendly, easily tamed, and easily handled. They like to forage in the
garden for bugs and seed and do so without the damaging plants and soil as
would other breeds. The hens brood a couple times a year. They make good
mothers. Booted Bantams bear both individual and group confinement well. Small,
clean, and entertaining they have all the qualifications for a good pet and
show animal for enthusiasts.
They have a
single comb with five point, red wattles, and matching earlobes. The most
widely recognized variations include: Barred, Black, Blue, Buff, Cuckoo,
Columbia, Gray, Golden Neck, Mille Fleur, Lemon Mille Fleur, Silver Mille Fleur
Mottled, Partridge, Lavender, Porcelain, Blue, and White. They have a compact
body with long wings that follow the angle and contour of the feathered vulture
hocks. An upright stance with a full and matching upright tail gives the Booted
Bantam a very jaunty appearance. They look good, and often look like they know
needs only a few square yards of run and a comfortable dry coop. They have
tropical origins and will need indoor treatment and heat during cold months.
During the summer, Booted Bantams like to luxuriate in a dust bath. Move the
coop and run monthly to curb the spread of parasites in the soil. Most pet
stores now carry quality Bantam feed. Make sure they have clean water at all
times. Show Bantams will require more attention than the Booted Bantam pet.
Serious exhibitors keep show fowl confined on soft bedding to protect the long,
hock feathers from damage.