Lakenvelder Bantam Chicken
The Lakenvelder Bantam Chicken is an old established breed of German origin, having been known since the 1830’s. About 1860 it was bred to a considerable extent in Westfalen and the Northern part of the Rhine province Known as a color pattern in birds found since 1700 in the small village Lakervelt; near the Eastern corner of Southern Holland.
Some people claim the name of the Lakenvelder Bantam Chicken means ‘field of linen’ or ‘shadow on a sheet’ but it is actually the name of the black and white color patten, and Lakenvelder cows are also known and also a name of a area in Holland which also claims to be the origin of the breed. It is difficult to get one that combines the pure black neck hackle with a pure white body and a slate grey under-color.
Characteristics: Lakenvelder Bantam Chickens are quite small, non-broody, lay white shelled eggs and are rather wild and flighty. They are fairly small birds and are good layers, producing white shelled or occasionally tinted eggs. The hens are not good sitters and tend to be rather flighty and wild so need to be contained carefully with suitable fencing. Chicks mature quickly and grow vigorously but they don’t gain their characteristic markings until they have been through their third moult. They are confident, robust birds which tend to avoid human contact and are able to adapt to being kept in confined spaces but prefer to be allowed the freedom to free range.
- Standard Weights: Male: – 24 oz. /Female: – 20 oz.
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: Germany
Bantams are suitable for smaller backyards as they do not need as much space as other breeds. Bantam hens are also used as laying hens, with some breeds laying up to 150 eggs per year. However, Bantam eggs are only about one-half to one-third the size of a regular hen egg. The Bantam chicken eats the same foods as a normal chicken. In commercial situations they are fed grain-based foods because this is convenient and efficient for the producer. Chickens in the wild eat more insects and vegetation than grains.
Bantams have become increasingly popular as pets as well as for show purposes because they are smaller and have more varied and exotic colors and feather patterns than other chickens.
In contrast, the Bantam rooster is famous in rural areas throughout the United Kingdom and the United States for its aggressive, “puffed-up” disposition that can be comedic in stature. It is often called a “Banty” in the rural United States.
Many bantam hens are renowned for hatching and brooding. They are very protective mothers and will attack anything that gets near their young.
Bantams do have a higher mortality rate when they are kept as backyard pets. They are easy targets for hawks, cats, foxes, or any other small predator.