About the Breed
Nankins are a very intelligent and personable bird that make a great show projects because they are easy to work with. They are also a 'True' bantam having no Standard counterpart. There are TWO varieties in the USA and recognized in the APA and ABA. They are the Rose Comb and the Single Comb varieties. It is not advised to interbreed the two varieties. Silver Maple only keeps the Single Comb Variety. Birds weigh from 20 to 24 ounces. These birds are considered rare and are still listed as 'critical' in the American Livestock Breed Conservancy.
Single Comb Nankins
Nankins are known for the rich chestnut color of their bodies. The hens are a buff color with the end of the tail feathers being black. The males tend to be darker in color with black tail and black flight feathers. The breed can be found with rose combs or single combs, with both varieties having bright red wattles, faces, and earlobes. Legs should be slate blue with a faint red stripe running down the outside of the shank.