Nankin Bantams

15 week old Nankin Pullets

15 week old Nankin Pullets

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 well for their size.  The eggs have a very high proportion of yolk.  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 in the 1970s.

I have found our Nankins to be very easy going, especially if they have been handled as chicks, and they can become very tame.