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A true bantam layer from Holland

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Dutch Partridge

Origin: Netherlands

Classification: True bantam

Size: Bantam

Function: Layer

Egg colour: Tinted

Temperament: Active, easily tamed

The National Dutch bantam breed, the smallest of all the bantams, but still lay a (relatively) decent-sized egg. Needs plenty of room to be kept busy, but will be quite happy even if kept in a smaller space. The males can be shrill and persistent crowers. Colours include partridge in gold, silver, yellow, blue/silver, blue/yellow, blue, cuckoo (crele) and red-shouldered white (pyle) as well as black, white, blue, cuckoo, and lavender – testament to its popularity. These are a good breed for children as they’re easily tamed and often learn to come to hand for feeding.

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