Booted Bantam Standards

Origin: Europe


Classification: True Bantam


Egg colour: Cream or white


These have a complex history which spreads over Great Britain, Germany (where they are named Federfusssige Zwerghühner), The Netherlands (where they are named Sabelpoots) and Belgium (where they were crossed with Barbu d'Anvers to make Barbu d'Uccles).  Although Black and White Booted Bantams are believed to have been developed in the UK, all colours of Booteds have been rare here since they were overshadowed by the Barbu d'Uccle when they were first imported in 1911.  Fortunately, they are much more popular in Germany and the Netherlands where large numbers in a wide range of colour varieties can be seen at the major shows.  There has been a revival of interest in the UK since the 1990s. Booteds have tighter neck feathering than Barbu d'Uccles, with no beard or neck boule.  Some young Booteds can seem tall and narrow, but they usually become stocky, compact and full feathered when fully mature.


General characteristics: Male


Carriage: Erect and strutting.


Type: Body short and compact. Full and prominent breast. Short back, the sweep of the neck, back and tail forming a clear 'U' shape, furnished with long and abundant saddle feathers. Large, long wings, carried at the same angle as, and more or less resting on the vulture hocks. Large tail, full and upright; sickles a little longer than the main tail feathers and slightly curved. Coverts long, abundant and nicely curved.


Head: Skull small. Beak rather stout, of medium length. Eyes bright and prominent. Comb single, small, firm, perfectly straight and upright, well serrated, ideally with five to seven points. Face of fine texture, free from hairs. Ear lobes small and flat, bright red. Wattles small, fine and well rounded.


Neck: Fairly short, but upright. Hackle feathering is full but straight, with no boule formation as seen on Barbu d'Uccles.


Legs and feet: Thighs powerful, well feathered with strongly developed vulture hocks, consisting of long rigid feathers which almost touch the ground. Fairly short shanks which are heavily furnished with long and rather stiff feathers on the outer sides. Toes, four, straight and well spread, the outer and middle toes being very heavily feathered.


Plumage: Long and abundant.


General Characteristics: Female


The general characteristics are similar to those of the male, allowing for the natural sexual differences.

Weights

Male 750g to 850g (27oz to 30oz)

Female 650g to 750g (23oz to 27oz)


SCALE OF POINTS


Type & size                  25

Head                            15

Colour (plumage)         15

Colour (legs & books)    5

Leg & foot feathering   15

Weight                         10

Condition                    10

TOTAL                       100


Disqualification:  Any deformity.

Serious defects:  Other than single comb, gypsy face.  Any sign of boule or beard.  Other than four toes.  Significantly overweight.  Back too long/flat.  Legs too short or too long.  Missing toe nails. Wrong leg/foot colour.

To be avoided if possible: White feathers in non-white self-coloured birds, purple barring in Black birds, lacing or mottling in Lavender birds, blue/slate legs in White birds, insufficient or poor white tipping in Millefleur or mottled varieties, comb too large, wattles too large, vulture hocks too long.


Standard Colours

The self-coloured varieties

The Black

Male and female plumage: Black, as lustrous as possible with a deep green sheen.  In both sexes: Beak black or horn. Eyes dark red or very dark brown. Comb, face, wattles and ear lobes bright red. Legs and feet black nails black.

The White

Male and female plumage: Pure snow white.  In both sexes: Beak white. Eyes red. Comb, face, wattles and earlobes bright red. Legs and feet white, nails white.

The Blue

Male plumage: Hackles, saddle, wing bow, back and tail dark slate blue. Remainder medium slate blue, each feather to show lacing of darker shade.  Female plumage: Medium slate blue with darker lacing throughout, except head and neck-dark slate blue.  In both sexes: Beak dark slate or horn. Eyes dark red or red brown. Legs and feet slate. Nails dark slate or horn.

The Lavender

Male and female plumage: This is a true breeding pale silvery blue, all the feathers being of one uniform shade.

In both sexes: Eyes orange red. Beak and nails slate blue, Legs and feet slate blue.

The Millefleur varieties

The Gold Millefleur

Male plumage: This is a very intricate and attractive colour scheme. Briefly, the head is orange red with white tips. Neck hackle black with golden shafts, and broadly bordered with orange red, each feather having a black end tipped with a white point. Back red, shading to orange towards the saddle hackle. Wing bows mahogany red each feather tipped with white. Wing bars russet red with lustrous green black pea shaped spots at ends, finishing with silvery white triangular tips, the whole forming regular bars across the wings. Primaries black with a thin edging of chamois on outside, the visible lower third of each secondary feather chamois, upper two thirds black. Remainder of wing a uniform chamois, each feather having at end a large pea shaped white spot on a pale black triangle, the tips spaced evenly to conform with shape and outline of wing. (Note the reversal of these pattern-markings from the normal arrangement.)  Tail feathers black with a metallic-green lustre, having a fine edging or lacing of dark chamois, and terminating with a white triangle.  Breast, foot feathering and remainder of plumage throughout of golden-chamois ground colour, each feather having a light chamois shaft and finished with a black pea-shaped spot with a white triangle.

Female plumage:  Ground colour uniform golden chamois, each feather terminating with a black pea shape spot tipped with a white triangle. Tail feathers black, finely laced with chamois and with white tips. Wing markings as described for male, allowing for natural sexual differences.  In both sexes: Eyes orange red. Beak and nails slate blue, legs and feet slate blue.

The Lemon Millefleur

Markings and pattern as described for the Gold Millefleur, but with a delicate lemon gold ground colour.

The Silver Millefleur

Markings and pattern as described for the Gold Millefleur, but with a pure silver white ground colour.

The Porcelaine Millefleur

Male and female plumage: Markings and patterns generally are as described for Gold Millefleur in both sexes, with the exception that ground colour is light straw and the pea shaped spots are pale blue tipped with white triangles. Pale blue is substituted for the black in both sexes. In both sexes: Eyes orange red. Beak and nails slate blue. Legs and feet slate blue.

The Buff White Millefleur

Male and female plumage: Golden buff with a round white spangle at the end of each feather in all parts except for the tail which is clear white.  In both sexes: Beak light blue, Eyes red. Comb, face, wattles and earlobes bright red. Legs and feet light blue.  Nails light blue.

The Birchen varieties

The Silver Birchen

In both sexes - face, wattles and ear lobes: dark red (but not gypsy face). Eyes orange or dark brown. Beak & nails dark horn. Legs and feet: black.  Male plumage: Head silver-white.  Hackle, back, saddle, shoulder-coverts, and wing bows silver-white, the hackles having narrow black shafts. Remainder of plumage: a rich black, the breast having a narrow silver lacing gradually diminishing to black thighs.  Female plumage: Neck-hackle similar to that of the male.  Remainder of plumage: A rich black with the breast delicately laced as in the cock.

The Gold Birchen

In both sexes - face, wattles and ear lobes: dark red (but not gypsy face). Eyes orange or dark brown. Beak & nails dark horn. Legs and feet: black.  Male and female plumage: As described for the silver birchen other than white/silver areas are a rich red-gold in colour.

The Mottled varieties

The Black Mottled

Male and female plumage: All feathers black with metallic green lustre, regularly tipped with white tips, varying in size with the feather. Excessive white markings or uneven distribution to be avoided.  In both sexes: Eyes dark red, legs and feet slate blue or blackish. Beak and nails dark horn.

Lavender Mottled

Male and female plumage:  All feathers a pale silvery blue, regularly tipped with white, the tips varying in size with the feather.  Excessive white markings or uneven distribution to be avoided.  In both sexes: Eyes are orange-red with black pupils.  Beak, nails, legs and feet slate-blue.

Other standard colours

The Cuckoo

Male and female plumage: Uniformly cuckoo coloured, with transverse bands or dark bluish grey on light grey ground. Each feather must have at least three bands. In both sexes: Eyes orange red. Legs, feet, beak and nails white, often spotted with bluish grey in young birds.

Non-standard colours

Many other colours are found in the UK, Germany, The Netherlands and France. These include Barred, Blue Millefleur, Blue Partridge, Blue Mottled, Buff, Buff Columbian, Columbian, Crele, Gold Duckwing, Partridge, Pyle, Red, Red Mottled, and Silver Duckwing.

 
Young Silver Birchen male