The Booted Bantam chicken is a small bird that is used as an ornamental bird. They are not generally used for egg or meat production.
Booted Bantam hens do lay cream-colored eggs, but they are tiny (bantam) sized and produce only about 2 eggs per week or about 100 eggs per year. This breed is likely to go broody, which is good news if you plan to hatch and raise chicks on your farm. Booted Bantam hens make excellent mothers when they do go broody.
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Origins of Booted Bantam Chicken
While most bantam chicken breeds are miniature versions of larger breeds, the Booted Bantam does not have a larger counterpart. Because of that, they are unique and are a true bantam breed.
The closest genetic relative they have is the Belgian Bearded D’Uccle chicken.
Today, they are mainly used as show and pet birds because of their sweet disposition and flashy appearance (not to mention their adorable feathered legs!).
Some Things to Know About Booted Bantam Chicken
This breed is a bantam, which means it’s a miniature-sized chicken. They are similar in appearance to the Belgian Bearded D’Uccle Bantam chicken, except Booted Bantams do not have a beard.
You can find these adorable little fluff balls in several colors, including black, white, porcelain, mottled, and blue. They have a red single comb and wattles. This breed does not have crest feathers on its head.
Another noticeable trait that the Booted Bantam has is downward-facing (as opposed to backward-facing, like most chickens) feathers. They have broad and small stature.
They are named the Booted Bantam because of their fluffy feathered legs. They have four toes underneath all of those feathers.
How Easy is it to Keep Booted Bantam Chickens?
These birds are more delicate than other chicken breeds due to their small size. They are not particularly cold or heat-hardy, so care must be taken in extreme temperatures to keep them comfortable.
The good news is they do well in confinement, so it’s easy to keep them indoors where you can control how hot or cold it gets.
Booted Bantams, like other bantam breeds, make excellent pet chickens. They are sweet, docile birds with wonderful personalities. This makes them great for families with children who will be around the flock.
Special Care and Considerations for Booted Bantam Chickens
As with all chickens with a single comb, the Booted Bantam is at risk for frostbite in the wintertime. A swipe of vaseline can help to protect your birds’ combs from freezing in low temperatures.