We have a pair of Nankins (1 cockerel 1 hen).
These birds are very rare. They are one of the oldest true bantams to be introduced in the UK, thought to be around the 1800 from China / Asia.
In 1960 rare breed enthusiast Andrew Sheppy set out to track down the last Nankin flock. They were widely believed to be extinct. He discovered that a Mrs Peters from Sussex was rumoured to own a flock of Nankin bantams. He travelled to her farm & to his amazement a large flock of Nankins were running around. They were the only chickens the family owned. He purchased a trio for £1 & began a breeding programme, along with a small number of other fanciers who also purchased stock from the Peters' family. They remain part of the rare breed society & need a dedicated following to keep them going.
Pictured are two of our adult birds to give you an idea of colour & size of the mature birds. Dec 2015 Federation Show our hen came 1st Nankin Hen & won Best Rare True Bantam. Cockeral came 3rd in the Nankin Cockeral category. Our cockerel won third prize in class at Federation in December 2012 & our hen who we didn't enter comes from a bloodline that has won first prize in the past. Two of our cockerels won 1st and 2nd in category at Oswestry District Show 2013. Our Hen & two cockerels won 2nd, 3rd & 4th in the Rare Breed Category at Minsterley Show 2013. During Federation Dec 2013 our Cockeral has won 3rd & our hen Reserve.
These birds are small, very friendly & inquisitive. They lay chalk white eggs & the cockerels are relatively quiet due to their size.