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 generally easy going, especially if they have been handled as chicks, and they can become very tame. Hatching eggs are for sale at £1 each and show quality cockerels £10. I have one or two garden quality pullets for pets/egg laying for £8 each.