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What's the smallest bantam?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I was wondering what the smallest chicken is (assuming its a bantam)?

And, do any small bantams lay reasonably well?

thanks.

post #2 of 12

The world's smallest breed is Seramas.


Edit:  Here are some pics of two pairs of my Seramas.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/37373_100_4665.jpg

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/37373_100_4666.jpg


Edited by RAREROO - 9/29/09 at 6:36pm
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Hatching eggs are no longer avaiable from any breeds until further notice due to predator problems and birds being too old .
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Hatching eggs are no longer avaiable from any breeds until further notice due to predator problems and birds being too old .
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post #3 of 12

You got your answer Seramas.  Or Malaysian Seramas if you want to google it.  My smallest pullet is NOT the smallest type there is and she's hardly as big as a good sized wren at this point.  She's chocolate and lovely.

I her sister - who appears to be going Micro - literally sparrow sized also chocolate and a short back to die for.  I want her, I don't think he's selling LOL.  She was weeks old and about the size my Delaware chicks hatch out at.  I love them.

It's German Shepherd Dog, they HERD, they don't Ard, don't Pard and don't Erd.    

Four or five Dogs, 2 retired horses lots of Chickens - Official Mad Hatcher; Cher

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It's German Shepherd Dog, they HERD, they don't Ard, don't Pard and don't Erd.    

Four or five Dogs, 2 retired horses lots of Chickens - Official Mad Hatcher; Cher

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post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

very cool.  Does egg production and egg size vary much? It seems the breed is still under development. I currently have coturnix quail and am looking for an additional breeding project in my suburban yard. Perhaps seramas would work?

post #5 of 12

They are great birds to work with.  Some lay fairly well.  Friendly, cute and at least some are very good broodies.

Rainbow-colored chickens! http://www.poultryland.net/
Currently mildly obsessed with Queen. What a great band! Why didn't I appreciate them five years ago?
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Rainbow-colored chickens! http://www.poultryland.net/
Currently mildly obsessed with Queen. What a great band! Why didn't I appreciate them five years ago?
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post #6 of 12

Seramas are wonderful and so very sweet!  My hen is a whooping 11 oz big_smile  She is just adorable!

Have had chickens for a whole six years now!  This year decided to try out ducks too!  WOW messy they are, but totally worth it, their cuteness overpowers all the messes they can make :D  Check them out at:  autumnbreezechickens.blogspot.com

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Have had chickens for a whole six years now!  This year decided to try out ducks too!  WOW messy they are, but totally worth it, their cuteness overpowers all the messes they can make :D  Check them out at:  autumnbreezechickens.blogspot.com

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post #7 of 12

I have a jap/serama cross that is the size of a robin- but her eggs are bigger. She can only brood 3 tiny eggs at a time. big_smile

The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less
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The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less
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post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

thank you all for the information.  Its true, BYC is full of enablers - LOL.

Is it difficult or expensive to get eggs for these guys?


Edited by ecogen - 9/29/09 at 10:36am
post #9 of 12

Very expensive!  For my Class B breeding pair I paid $200 plus $50 shipping!  It was worth it though.

Rainbow-colored chickens! http://www.poultryland.net/
Currently mildly obsessed with Queen. What a great band! Why didn't I appreciate them five years ago?
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Rainbow-colored chickens! http://www.poultryland.net/
Currently mildly obsessed with Queen. What a great band! Why didn't I appreciate them five years ago?
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post #10 of 12

And most of the better breeders only sell older chicks or mature birds.  They want to SEE what they're producing.

I got mine free from a friend.  I lucked out.  Sure they're not SQ but some of them aren't a bad start and the pet quality ones are still adorable.

It's German Shepherd Dog, they HERD, they don't Ard, don't Pard and don't Erd.    

Four or five Dogs, 2 retired horses lots of Chickens - Official Mad Hatcher; Cher

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It's German Shepherd Dog, they HERD, they don't Ard, don't Pard and don't Erd.    

Four or five Dogs, 2 retired horses lots of Chickens - Official Mad Hatcher; Cher

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