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Pekin Bantams are true bantams, they have no large counterpart. They make great pets for children and adults as they are quiet and very sociable. Pekin Bantams are very docile, and with careful and regular handling they will be happy to sit on their owner’s lap to be stroked and petted.
I have found them to be attentive mothers and hens are regularly broody. Pekin bantam cockerels can still be aggressive and defensive of their territory and mates once they reach sexual maturity, but are generally gentle natured and have been known to share incubation of the eggs.
Pekins can’t fly at all, so roosts need a ladder starting with a very low first rung and because they can’t fly, they are easy prey for predators so need a very safe environment.
The first Pekins are alleged to have been looted from the private collection of the Emperor of China at Peking (former name of Beijing) towards the end of the Opium Wars around 1860.
Poster – ideal for the chicken coop!