The Pekin chicken breed is a true bantam chicken of Chinese origin. Pekins are light weight birds between 600 and 800 grams and are short, only every reaching 20-30cm tall. The males are a little bigger than the hens.
How big do Pekin bantams grow?
Shorter than any other bantam and with short heavily feathered legs, Pekin hens reach 20-25cms in height and weigh approximately 570g whereas the cockerels are on average 25 to 30cms and and 680g in weight.
Below: A comparison showing the relative sizes of Pekin hens and cockerels.
Suggested and standards weights for Pekin bantams:
With Pekin bantams for showing, the males or cockerels need to be bigger than 680g (24oz) and smaller than 795g (28oz) whilst the hens should be between 560g (20oz) and 680g (24oz)
Being very well feathered makes them look bigger than they actually are. They are often affectionately referred to as fluffy balls, walking tea cosies or powder puffs.
Pekins are round bodied and walk with a slightly forward tilt. This makes it look like their heads are a little closer to the ground and makes their beautifully intricate tails look rather like a Victorian woman's bustle.
Below: Pekins don't look nearly so big when they are not all puffed up.
This tilt is one of the main characteristic of Pekins as are the short and heavily feathered feet and legs.
This small and delightful breed is quite popular and comes in some of the most elegant colourings.