Houdan Bantam Standard of Perfection, American Bantam Association 2006
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Houdan Bantam Standard of Perfection

WEIGHT

Cock-34oz     Hen-30oz     Cockerel-30     Pullet-28oz

SHAPE OF MALE

COMB: V-shaped - small, well defined, resting on front of crest, each side level


CREST: Large, well feathered, rising well in front so as to not obstruct sight, flowing well over sides and back of neck in a compact even mass, feathers similar in shape and texture to those of the hackle.


BEAK: Short and stout, broad at base, well curved.


NOSTRILS: Large , wide, cavernous, rising above curved line of beak. 


FACE: Fine in quality, free from wrinkles or folds.


EYES: Large, round, bold


WATTLES: Small, well rounded, nearly concealed by beard.


EAR LOBES: Small, entirely concealed by muffs.


HEAD: Large in comparison with size of bird and with a decidedly prominent protuberance on forward section of skull, crested.


MUFFS &BEARD: Composed of feathers turned horizontally backwards from both sides of beak, from the center, vertically downwards, the whole forming a collar of three ovals in a triangular group, giving a muffed effect.


NECK: Medium length, nicely arched.


HACKLE: Abundant, flowing well over back and shoulders.


BACK: Fairly long, broad, not high at shoulders, slightly sloping to base of tail.


SADDLE: Abundant, flowing over wing tips and filling space between abdomen and tail coverts.


TAIL: Full, well spread, carried well back, increasing apparent length of bird, held at an angle of about 50 degrees above the horizontal. Main tail - feathers wide and neatly overlapping, well expanded. Sickles & lesser sickles - abundant, long, wide, well curved. Coverts - abundant, long.


WINGS: Moderately long and large, closely folded, carried  above thighs. Shoulders & fronts - concealed by breast and hackle. Bows - well rounded. Coverts - prominent, feathers broad, forming two distinct rows across wings. Primaries - moderate width, completely concealed by secondaries. Secondaries -broad, tapering convexly to stern, tips concealed by hackle.


BREAST: Wide across shoulders, deep, full,  projecting well beyond wing fronts.


BODY & STERN: Body - moderately long, compact, well proportioned. Stern - fluff; fairly short.


LEGS & TOES: Legs - heavily muscled, widely set, straight when viewed from front. Lower thighs - medium length, stout, large, tapering neatly to hocks. Shanks - medium length, nicely scaled. Spurs - hard, fine, curved, set slightly high, above the fifth toe. Toes - five, the three front, straight, well and evenly spread; the hind toe double, the normal toe in natural position and the extra toe placed above, starting from close to the other toe, but well formed and curving upwards.


APPEARANCE: Bold, active, somewhat oblong in profile.

SHAPE OF FEMALE


COMB: V-shaped - small, resting on front of crest,each side level.


CREST:  Full, compact, globular, inclining very slightly backwards.


BEAK: Short, stout, broad at base, well curved.


NOSTRILS: Large , wide, cavernous, rising well above curved line of beak.


FACE: Fine in quality, free from wrinkles or folds.


EYES: Large, round, bold.


WATTLES: Small, well rounded, nearly concealed by beard.


EAR LOBES: Small, entirely concealed by muffs.


HEAD: Large in comparison with size of bird and with a decidedly prominent protuberance on forward section of skull, crested.


MUFFS & BEARD: Composed of feathers turned horizontally backwards, from both sides of beak, from the center, vertically downwards, the whole forming a collar of three ovals in a triangular group, giving a muffed effect.


NECK: Medium length, nicely arched.


HACKLE: Abundant, flowing well over cape.


BACK: Fairly long, broad, not high at shoulders,slightly sloping to base of  tail.


TAIL: Full, well spread, carried well back, increasing apparent length of bird, held at an angle of about 40 degrees above the horizontal. Coverts - wide, flowing well up tail.


WINGS: Moderately large, closely folded, carried above thighs. Shoulders & fronts - partly concealed by breast and hackle feathers. Bows - well rounded. Coverts - prominent, feathers broad, forming two distinct bars across wings. Primaries - moderate width, completely concealed by secondaries. Secondaries - broad, tapering convexly to stern, tips ending short of stern.


BREAST: Wide at shoulders, deep, full, projecting well beyond wing fronts.


BODY & STERN: Body - moderately long, compact, well proportioned, rather oblong. Stern - fluff; fairly short.


LEGS & TOES: Legs - widely set, straight when viewed from front. Lower thighs - medium length, large, stout at base, tapering to hocks. Shanks - medium length, nicely scaled. Toes - five, the three front, straight, well and evenly spread; the hind toe double, the normal toe in natural position and the extra toe placed above, starting from close to the other toe, but well formed and curving upwards.


APPEARANCE: Bold, active, somewhat oblong in profile.

DISQUALIFICATIONS

Absence of fifth toe - Absence of knob, or globular tuft, on forward section of skull, commonly called "crest".

DEFECTS

Divided or split crest - Poorly developed beard and muffs - Neck that is too long, thin or straight - Low carriage of wings - Hollow or shallow breast - Any semblance of stiltiness - Appearance of being off balance in front.

COLOR OF MALE AND FEMALE BY VARIETY


Mottled
CREST: Brilliant greenish black, one feather in three ending in small v-shaped white tip. COMB, FACE, & WATTLES: Bright red. BEAK: Dark horn. EYES: Red. EAR LOBES: White. BEARD & MUFFS: Brilliant greenish black, one feather in two ending in a small v-shaped white tip. SHANKS & TOES: White, mottled with black in young birds, leaden blue in older birds. PLUMAGE: Refer to mottled color description.


White
CREST: Pure white. COMB, FACE, & WATTLES: Bright red. BEAK: Very light horn. EYES: Red. EAR LOBES: White. BEARD & MUFFS: White. SHANKS & TOES: Very light horn, with pinkish shading around scales. PLUMAGE: Refer to white color description.