Burmese bantams are attractive birds. Hens make good broodies and mothers. With white feathers and feathered feet, they need appropriate housing away from mud to keep them looking good.
- The first recorded trio of Burmese Bantams were sent by a British army officer stationed in Burma to a fellow officer in Scotland about 1880.
- The hens died but the cockerel was bred with prototype Sultan Bantams and birds selected back to restore characteristics.
- It was believed that they had died out until Andrew Sheppy was given some in about 1970.
- However they were not very fertile, so Andrew used White Booted Bantams in a near repeat revival process to Entwisle’s some 80 years before.
- Burmese bantams are broadly similar to Booted Bantams but smaller with a lower tail carriage
- They have a feathered crest and a single comb.
- Both males and females are pure white
- Current breeders refer to the century old drawings of the originals by J.W. Ludlow and Harrison Weir as ideals to aim for.
Did you know?
Each Burmese bantams has a spectacular crest made up of feathers projecting upwards from the head.
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