Cornish Bantams

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Cornish Bantams – Sold as Baby Chicks Only 

Out of Stock for the 2024 Season

As low as: $3.25

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Breed Facts

  • Poultry Show Class: All Other Combs Clean Legged Bantams
  • Weights – Hen ——- 36 oz         Rooster—- 44 oz
    Pullet—— 32 oz         Cockerel— 40 oz
  • Purpose and Type: Exhibition, Pet, Meat
  • Egg Shell Color: Tinted
  • Egg Production: 60-90 Eggs per year (Estimate only, see FAQ)
  • Egg Size: Small
  • Temperament: Docile and Friendly
  • Gender Accuracy: Not Sexed
  • Fertility Percentage: 40%
  • Broody: Setter
  • Mating Ratio: 4 Females to 1 Male
  • Roost Height: 1 to 3 feet
  • Country of Origin: England
  • APA: Yes, First Variety Recognized by the American Standard of Perfection in 1933
  • TLC: Not Listed
  • Breeder Farm Source: Cackle Hatchery Poultry Breeding Farm has discontinued offering Cornish Bantams



Cornish bantams were introduced in England as Indian Games in 1887. The American Poultry Association (APA) subsequently changed the breed name to Cornish. This name reflects the breed’s origin in England’s Cornwall County.

These stout bantams have a fierce look, but are actually quite docile. They are active, talkative chickens that make nice pets. They are excellent foragers and the hens are good broodies.
Cornish bantam hens and roosters both have short, wide-set legs, muscular bodies, and a large, wide breast. Many people raise them as meat birds. At about 2 pounds each, one makes a nice size for serving one or two diners.

Cornish bantams are also popular for exhibition. They have a pea comb and tight feathering. The APA recognizes 8 color varieties, of which dark Cornish were the first and remain the most popular.

This breed does best in mild climates. Cackle Hatchery® offered Cornish bantams for decades, but eventually discontinued them because of their short laying season and the difficulty of hatching their eggs.

2 reviews for Cornish Bantams

  1. Seth

    Best plump tasting chicken ever

    I have raised these Cornish game bantams, which are very tame and lay fairly well. They have a medium brown rounder shaped hard shell. They will set on their own eggs, will hide out their nest and are great mothers. They are easy to dress for meat, and have very plump and juicy flavorful meat. I kept a couple roosters and ten hens back for my homestead and I am glad that I did . I ask Cackle hatchery to add these wonderful chickens to their breed choices. I hope they are able to get a supply of them soon; I will buy 50 right off the bat.

  2. Sonal

    I love silkies too

    I love silkies too The mille de fleur are baetuiful bantams, but they have feathered legs. The dominic bantam version are interesting looking and are clean legged. There is an ameraucana bantam version, they are not as exciting to look at as the polish cresteds, but their eggs are cool. Depends on what you are looking for your egg laying pen. If you’re looking at number of eggs, nothing beats leghorns. If you’re looking for variety, the bantams w their blue eggs or cuckoo marans for their chocolate-brown eggs would be an idea.bantam owner

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