The Maran was first bred in Marans, North of La Rochelle in Poitou Charente, France in the 1920's. Popular in the UK in the 1940's as show birds, today the Maran Bantam is a rare breed.
The Maran Bantam's breed club is The Marans Club Of Great Britain.
The Maran Bantam is a rare breed in the UK. Maran Bantam hens are generally calm, easy going hens, easy to tame, are hardy and good doers. Each hen, laying around 220 dark Brown eggs per year.
Colours of Maran Bantams available at Meadow Poultry are as follows: Silver Cuckoo.
The Silkie is a very old breed indeed, originally from Asia and appearing in history books dating back over 2000 years in China. The Silkie reached the UK in the 1880's. Today scientists are researching how and when this unique breed was created, using DNA of many breeds of domestic chickens, in an attempt to establish historic genetics.
The UK breed club of the Silkie is as follows: The Silkie Breed Club Of Great Britain.
Silkie hens are classed as large fowl, however their size is similar of many Bantam breeds. The Silkie hen is generally very easy to tame, calm, docile and adaptable. They are unique in many ways, most known for their fluffy fur like feathers, also their very dark skin caused by their melanotic gene, Five toes and pompom head crest. The Silkie's fluffy fur like feathers, do not provide the hen with the same waterproofing or retain body-heat as traditional feathers do on most other breeds, this needs to be kept in mind when considering the hens living environment. Each hen laying approx 150 White/tinted eggs per year.
Bearded Silkies available at Meadow Poultry are as follows: Black, Paint, Partridge.
The Araucana originates from Chile, South America and is named after the Araucano tribe of Native South Americans. Records dating back to the 1520's mention Blue egg laying chickens in South America. In around 1914 Prof. Castello imported the Araucana into Europe, then making its first appearance at the World Poultry Congress in the Netherlands in 1921. The breed was standardized in the UK in the 1930's.
The UK breed club for Araucana Bantams is as follows: The British Araucana Club.
Araucana Bantams are generally active little hens, are good forages and can become very friendly. These hens are so unique and charming, yet have become a rare breed in the UK and are looked after by the Rare Breeds Survival Trust. Each hen lays around 180 Blue eggs per year.
Colours of Araucana Bantam available at Meadow Poultry are as follows: Lavender, White.