Laying chooks for pets

Craig's Farm

Top Quality Chickens and Expert Advice

Melbourne laying chickens

Open:

Phone:

0438 537 758

Address:

475 Fallon Rd

Iona 3815

Email:

craig@craigsfarm.com.au

EFTPOS Available

Please bring a box, or cat carrier,  to take your chicken/s home

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Usually Closed:

Monday to Friday

- except by appointment

Everything you need for Beginners to Experienced Chicken Owners

Craig's crew

Saturdays

      - 9am to 5pm

Sundays

      - 9am to 5pm

Small  (True Bantams / Small Breeds)

For Availability, please check:

Silky

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Pekin bantam

Pekin bantam
  • True bantams make the best pets, but are the worst layers.

  • It is important to keep them secure as they can be vulnerable to attack by cats and other predators due to their small size.

  • There are no large (or standard) breeds of true bantams.

  • True bantams are very friendly, so make excellent pets, particulalry if you want them to sit on you.  They love being patted.

  • They lay a small egg small egg (as shown in photos below). When cooking you would usually use 2 eggs when the recipe says 1 egg – they have more yolk than white compared to other eggs – if you are just using the white you would need 3 eggs.

  • They will do less damage to your garden than other chickens, particularly the breeds with feathered feet.

  • Chickens with feathered feet can get muddy feet and may need their feathers to be trimmed. They are also more prone to scaly leg mite.

  • Most are prone to being clucky/ broody, which is great if you want to raise chicks, but also contributes to them being poor egg layers.

Belgian d'Uccle

Belgian d'Uccles are popular pets due to their appearance and extremely gentle and friendly nature.  These chickens really enjoy having a cuddle, but are not good layers.  Although they will lay 5 eggs a week, in season, because they are prone to broodiness they may go 'off the lay' during the season.  

 

It is important to keep them secure as they can be vulnerable to attack by cats and other predators due to their small size.  They can go clucky, so can be used to raise chicks.

Pekins are popular pets due to their appearance and extremely gentle and friendly nature.  It is important to keep them secure as they can be vulnerable to attack by cats and other predators due to their small size.  Pekins can go clucky, so can be used to raise chicks.  In my experience these chickens make the best mothers.

Colours: Mixed

 

Broody: Often

 

Eggs per week: 5

 

Egg colour: Shiny cream

 

Sexed at: 18 weeks old

Belgian d'Uccle Mille Fleur Belgian d'Uccle black mottled Fertile eggs Chickens Available Silky hen

Colours: White, cuckoo

 

Broody: Often

 

Eggs per week: 5

 

Egg colour:

 

Sexed at:

Jap bantam

Belgian egg

Colours: Mille Fleur (left)

Black Mottled (right)

 

Broody: Often

 

Eggs per week (in season): 5

 

Sexed at: 12 weeks old

Jap bantams

Jap bantam egg

Colours: Buff (centre), Birchen (front), Mixed, Blue/ White/ Black

 

Broody: Very

 

Eggs per week: 4-5

 

Egg colour: Cream

 

Sexed at: 8 weeks old

Silkys are not a true bantam as the standard is a medium sized chicken, but most Silkies bred in Australia are small in size, which is why they have been included in this group.

 

Silkies are the most well known of the small breed chickens and are popular due to their fluffy appearance and docile nature.  However, they are not as hardy as other chickens as their feathers are not waterproof.  They are also not as intelligent as other breeds, which makes them appear friendly.  Unfortunately this can mean that a Silky will not avoid the rain or other conditions that can be detrimental to its health.  This can also make them more prone to attack by cats or other predators.

 

They lay a small egg and can have a short season as they often go clucky after laying a small number of eggs, so can be used to raise chicks.

True Bantam Breeds

Attributes

Silky Silky 3

Adult Breeders

Pekin

Adult Breeders

Jap bantam

Adult Breeders

Belgian duccle mille Belgian duccle porcelain

Adult Breeders

Jap bantam chicken