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Why raise Bantam chickens?

post #1 of 81
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I raise RIR's and love the eggs. I visited the local trade day yesterday where a few people were selling chickens. One guy was selling BB Red Bantams. They are beautiful and I understand having "pets" but is the main reason to have banty chickens?

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post #2 of 81

pop   Good question.... anyone?

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post #3 of 81

Alot of people raise them to show.

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Well originally I knew if I had a couple good silkies or banty cochins I would be able to avoid the incubator and just use them as my broodys.  That plan while it does work has also backfired, but I won't go there right now.

I also think a lot of folks in less rural areas are drawn to bantys because they fit in better with a smaller yard, sometimes neighbors etc.  And then there is the fact that many, many ppl like to buy the eggs to hatch so the bantys can actually make paying the feed bill for the rest of the flock a little easier..... 

Just a couple reasons I know of....

Julie smile

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I like the little kid sized eggs clap

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1 DH- 4 kids-3 cats-3 dogs,2 bunnys Large Fowl1 BO ,1 RIRs(SQ),2 Marans,4 Cochins,2 SS,2 EEs,1 BLRW(roo),2 Wyandottes Banties1 NN,2 EEs,5 silkies, 1 Polish frizzle,5 Mottled Japs and a GS
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post #6 of 81

I divided my space in half and keep Standard chickens on one side, and bantams on the other. It is alot more work to clean the big bird side, they are messier........eat a TON more.......poop more........trash the yard and garden more....... and they are not as friendly as my bantams are.  After having both for a while now, i have decided to only hatch bantams for myself. I dont mind having to crack 2 eggs to equal the one big egg.

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post #7 of 81

Most people just keep them for exhibition and others for their cute little bodies compared to the standards. Others keep them because they require less space and feed. I just keep them because they are just cute and querkie with their little bodies and my little pekin roo doesnt do damage when he attacks my little brother and sister, they say its kinda cute lollol .

Their chicks are also just so shrimpy and short droolin

Exellent broodies tooo!

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post #8 of 81

I raise banties for pets and eggs, People love the smaller eggs altho some aren't so small, my cochins lay some lunkers. I chose to keep banties because i can have more and they dont make so much of a mess, still a mess but no dog size droppings to step in when going to feed and water them

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Seramas, Cochins, EE's, 1 Japanese hen, few frizzles & Too many roosters and a ton of babies cruising the yard. Home of the ninja squirrel.
I am Rachel but you can call me the ccl (crazy chicken lady)
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post #9 of 81

I've always kept a few banties around as broodies, and I love using thier eggs to make pickled eggs


Edited by morelcabin - 1/25/09 at 8:26am
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post #10 of 81

Half the space twice the fun I say.lol


Edited by bantamman13 - 1/25/09 at 8:27am
Flock of Cuckoo Marans, Several Old English bantams,Buff Brahma Bantams and building a flock of Rosecomb Nankins!!!!!!!!!!!
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Flock of Cuckoo Marans, Several Old English bantams,Buff Brahma Bantams and building a flock of Rosecomb Nankins!!!!!!!!!!!
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