July 2013 - a very tame 12 week old nankin pullet in the foreground with a group of 8 week olds enjoying the garden.
The picture above shows a nice little group of Nankin pullets about 15 weeks old. Nankins are thought to be the first breed of true bantam to be seen in the British Isles. They are named after "Nankeen" cloth, which is a similar colour and was very popular in the mid 18th Century. They are inexplicably very scarce which is strange as they are a British breed in a very attractive colour and they lay reasonably well for their size. The hens sit well and are good mothers.
They were thought to be extinct until a small flock was found and the breed re-distributed. These were single comb birds and although rose comb examples had existed, none have been found. Fortunately, the rose comb was bred back into them by Lincolnshire rare breed specialist Brian Sands, and our flock, which originates from Brian, produces both types. Rose comb is dominant over single, so you only need one rose combed bird in a breeding pen to ensure that some rose combed offspring will be produced.
Trio of Nankins
Day old chicks in the brooder.