My name is Graham and i would like to welcome you to my website "Simply Dutch Bantams" which is intended to give an insight into the hobby of keeping and breeding Dutch Bantams.
Before deciding on Dutch bantams as my target breed i searched the web to gather as much information as i could to help me make a decision on which breed i wanted.The information in general is very difficult to find and so i will try to make that information available to all.
My aim is to keep the website as enjoyable as possible while passing on as much information as i can on the Dutch Bantam Breed and hopefully creating a one stop information centre covering all aspects of the Breed.
I will update the site at regular intervals to keep it fresh and relevant.
I hope you enjoy your visit and i look forward to you making yourself a member of my site.
A WORD ABOUT ME
I am a 62yr old male with two adult sons and i keep and breed a few Dutch Bantams as a hobby.I also have an interest in gardening which will unfold as the site develops.
As a child growing up i was always involved with poultry of one breed or another due to the fact that my father kept a smallholding and i was allowed my own area to keep and breed whatever poultry took my fancy which at that time in my life ranged from Ducks and Geese to most breeds of chickens at some time or another.
I have only recently started keeping poultry again after a long absence and decided on the Dutch Bantam as the ideal breed due to it's small size excellent colour range and pleasant disposition.
I currently have Blue Partridge,Lavender (Self Blue) and Crele and my program is to breed a small number of Blue Crele and if i can attain a similar standard to the bird below owned and bred by Mr Peter Corkhill of Cumbria then i will have achieved my aim.Peter along with Jenny Howl have provided the birds that i will be using to breed the Blue Crele and i take this opportunity to thank both.
I have been privileged to visit these breeders and the level of stockmanship shown and their enthusiasm is a credit to both of them.They are consistent winners on the showground and i wish them every success for the future.
Although maintaining the standard colours of the breed is of paramount importance there will always be an added interest in colour hybridisation.
In Holland new colours are being added to the standards frequently and it seems reasonable to think that over time some of these will become standard in the UK.
I am a member of The Dutch Bantam Club and may occasionally have birds and small quantities of hatching eggs for sale as i go through my breeding program.I keep poultry purely as a hobby and do not profess to be anything other than a keen poultry fancier. Please feel free to contact me and if i can help in any way then i will.
I currently have 1 Trio of Blue Partridge a Lavender crele cockerel with 2 lavender hens, a splash hen with Double factor crele cockerel and a Straight Crele trio all from top quality show stock from some of the leading breeders and exhibitors in the country.
1) Double factor Crele cockerel x splash hen.
3) Crele trio.
4)Lavender Crele cockerel x Pair of Lavender pullets.
5) Blue Partridge cockerel with 2 Blue Partridge hens.
I have a brother living in the Republic of Ireland who in addition to my own stock also keeps Dutch Bantams in various colours so introducing new bloodlines to maintain unrelated stock is never a problem.All the birds come from members of the Dutch Bantam club breeders list and are top quality.
Stock includes Black / Crele / Gold / Silver / Pile
I am not interested in showing my Bantams but i do enjoy going to poultry shows and seeing the various standards required to show successfully.
For anyone wishing to start keeping a few Dutch the Dutch Bantam Society has a list of breeders with contact details who can supply all colour variants .(See Links)
If i were to offer one word of advice to anyone interested in Dutch Bantams or poultry in general it would have to be "Listen".The people who enjoy this hobby have a vast wealth of knowledge and will offer information freely to anyone prepared to listen.
Main feed is a Show poultry pellet which has all the ingredients needed to keep the birds in top condition.To supplement this kibbled maize is fed in the evening to make sure the chickens are full before settling down for the night.
In addition to the main feeds i give the birds lettuce and other greens and as a treat they get mealworms.
Fresh water is available at all times and once weekly i put either a tonic or cider vinegar in as a supplement.
Mixed grit is available at all times and serves to grind the food in the gizzard as well as adding calcium to help shell production.
The birds are wormed on a regular basis and i spray as a preventative measure against mite and lice.