Langshan Bantam Chicken
The Langshan Bantam Chicken is a small black, blue or white bird, with an upright carriage, long legs and medium sized straight comb, which should be red. Ideally, the outer toe of each foot should be feathered. The black variety is a glossy black with green sheen, while the blue color should be an even grey-blue, although males often have dark blue on the tail or hackles. White Langshan are pure white.
Characteristics: The Langshan Bantam Chicken is a strong, intelligent and active birds and chicks mature fast. The hens are excellent sitters as they are large enough to cover a dozen eggs at a time and make wonderfully attentive mothers. They are heavy birds so don’t fly much but are able to get over low fences so boundaries need to be secure. Care also needs to be taken as their feathered legs and feet can get matted and dirty in wet conditions so a dry environment is preferred. They are docile, quiet and tolerant birds which are friendly and easily tamed and so are an excellent choice for families. They are also long-lived birds.
- Standard Weights: Male: 32-36 oz. / Female: 26 -30 oz.
- Varieties: Black, White, Blue
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: China
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.
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.