The Beijing hen, a small dwarf hen from China


The Peking hen is a little domestic hen also known as Bantam. She is from China. In 1843, this hen was imported to England to be given as a gift to Queen Victoria. It was then quickly spread in Europe and then in the USA. At present, the Beijing hen is one of the most common in our country, and even in the world.

The characteristics of the Peking hen

The Peking hen is a dwarf hen wide enough and rounded. Its allure has given it the nickname ” Feather ball “. Its legs are short and hidden by feathers. Its plumage is thick. There is a variety of this dwarf hen which is curly. The Peking hen does not exist in a large breed even if we often think, wrongly, that the Cochin hen is a large Peking. The Peking hen is still characterized by an inclination of its body forward.

The different colors of the Beijing hen

The Peking hen is highly prized for the range of colors of its magnificent feathers. We thus find:

  • White
  • Blue
  • Chocolate
  • Pearl grey
  • Black
  • Wildcat
  • Red
  • Hello
  • Pearl gray cuckoo
  • Red porcelain
  • Red blue porcelain
  • Herminated white blue
  • Golden partridge
  • Silver partridge
  • Bobtail

This list of the main colors of the Peking hen is not exhaustive and there are still many tones for the same breed.

The plumage is thick and very soft. It is composed in two-thirds of down making it look like a big ball of feather.

The curly peking hen

The curly peking hen is a variety of this pretty little chick. This plumage has been fabricated from scratch by the human being who has reproduced on the bird a specific gene. The crimps are well marked. On the other hand, the curly Peking hen is the most fragile of the varieties. Its plumage is somewhat reminiscent of a poodle’s coat.

Peking hen character

The Peking hen has a happy character. She is very lively and easy to raise, and even to tame. In order to choose a balanced Peking hen, you must choose a breeding of good reputation. The Peking hen does not tolerate muddy and wet ground well because of the large feathers it carries and which drag to the bottom of its legs. If she is in such an environment, the Peking hen easily gets sick.

Peking Hen Standard Appearance

This pretty domestic bird has a very large body tilting forward. The back and the chest are also broad with a thick and abundant plumage composed of two-thirds of down giving the Peking hen well rounded contours. The wings are small and extend to the puff of the kidneys. The neck hackle is very abundant and its head is small. His eyes are small and red. The bill is short, yellow, light birch or horn. Its tail is made up of soft feathers and the thighs are puffed up. There are about twenty colors allowed for this breed of hen including the curly plumage.

Laying and weight

The Beijing hen lays on average 150 to 250 eggs per year and it is an excellent incubator. She is also a good mother with her chicks that she defends as soon as a potential danger approaches. The Peking rooster also has a fairly strong bond with the chicks. The eggs are cream to brown in color and weigh approximately 35 g. The Peking hen begins to lay at the age of 6 to 7 months, but must stay in the same place, because she is sedentary. The only downside that endangers its eggs is that its paws are covered with feathers. Thus, when the hen gets up from the nest, she can drag eggs in spite of herself and inadvertently damage them. It is possible to cut a little these annoying feathers as well as those, being around the anus as well as those of the roosters.

Weight side, the Peking rooster weighs 850 g and the hen, 750 g

Care and price of a Peking hen

The Peking hen demands attention because of its dense plumage. It should be monitored regularly so that it is not invaded by parasites and cut off the plumage around the cesspool. In terms of food, the Peking hen eats like its congeners. It is possible to give him specific foods found in specialty stores, but it is not mandatory, because Beijing is quite easy.

Price side, it takes between 25 € and 30 € to acquire a Beijing hen. This strain is ideal for all breeders including beginners, but it should always be given regular care.

The Beijing competition hen

In order for a Beijing hen to be categorized as a show hen, it must come from a herd recognized as such and of high quality. The feathers of the legs must be in perfect condition and its plumage very abundant. There are special clubs to register the Peking hen as the Bantam club of France which organizes competitions and exhibitions each year.