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Assorted non-feather legged bantams

Assorted bantams

Bantam (sometimes called 'banty') is a term for miniature poultry, especially chickens. Bantams are usually miniaturized versions of standard sized breeds, with most breeds of chickens having a bantam counterpart. A bantam variety is about one-fifth to one-quarter the size of it's larger counterpart, but are expected to exhibit the same characteristics as the standard breed. {C

Bantams are usually smaller than most chickens, but not all of them. There are many different breeds of bantam chickens and they vary in size, color, and markings. Bantams are great for people who love to have pets but don’t want a full-sized chicken.

A bantam without a regular sized counterpart that is naturally small is called a true bantam.


Bantams are usually considered faster and spunkier than larger chickens, and can usually fly greater distances due to their reduced weight. Bantams have become increasingly popular as pets as well as for show purposes because they are smaller and have more varied and exotic colors and feather patterns than other chickens.

Advantages of Raising Bantam Chickens[]

While you may believe bigger is much better, that's not the case when raising bantams.

Not only do bantam chickens eat much less feed. Nonetheless, they're cheaper to maintain and similarly create much less waste. There's less of whatever making bantam hens a terrific choice for city settings where you could be limited on area.

Bantam chickens often tend to be more docile, too, as well as even when they aren't, their tiny size makes them a superb alternative for kids. A whole lot having fun, relaxed personalities.

These birds aren't typically raised for meat. However, they can still generate eggs. It takes at least one and a half to 2 bantam eggs equivalent to a full-sized egg.

Bantam hens have entertaining personalities and also are filled with life and also vitality. They are outstanding household pets as well as supply a great deal of house enjoyment to run faster and also fly more than essential big chickens.

The chickens of bantam breeds often tend to go broody at a longer time or more. This is useful if you do not want to use an incubator to hatch your eggs. And also, bantam hens have a tendency to be fantastic mothers.

Right here's another often unknown advantage of raising bantam chickens-- they have a tendency to be way quieter than bigger chicken counterparts.

Golden Sebright bantam rooster

A Golden Sebright bantam rooster

Barred rock bantam

Barred Rock bantam hen

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