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Where do bantams come from?

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Are they dwarfs?  Are they just the smallest of a hatch paired together?  Are they runts?  I am so confused. big_smile

I hatched out 9 salmon faverolles between 3/1-4.  80% fertility, 75% hatch rate on my first go at it.  Thanks Cloverleaf for the eggs and to the entire flock here on BYC for the support during the hatch.  I am off to clean pasty butts...
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I hatched out 9 salmon faverolles between 3/1-4.  80% fertility, 75% hatch rate on my first go at it.  Thanks Cloverleaf for the eggs and to the entire flock here on BYC for the support during the hatch.  I am off to clean pasty butts...
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Well, they come from eggs, of course! lol

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In all seriousness, as far as I know, it's selective breeding down. You take the smallest of a breed and breed those to each other, and then take the smallest of their offspring and breed those, and so on down the line. Do this for several generations, and voila! Bantams. big_smile I'm certainly not an expert, but from what I've heard that's how it goes.


Edited by SilverPhoenix - 3/9/10 at 11:51pm

Works at a farm animal sanctuary, vegetarian, former wildlife rehabber.

My flock: 70+ chickens (serama, OEGB, various breeds of bantams, and many more!), 9 ducks (6 call, 3 east indies), 3 peafowl, 1 Narragansett turkey, 1 Canada goose. Plus 2 corgis, 1 border collie, 3 cats, 2 horses, 2 cockatiels.

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Works at a farm animal sanctuary, vegetarian, former wildlife rehabber.

My flock: 70+ chickens (serama, OEGB, various breeds of bantams, and many more!), 9 ducks (6 call, 3 east indies), 3 peafowl, 1 Narragansett turkey, 1 Canada goose. Plus 2 corgis, 1 border collie, 3 cats, 2 horses, 2 cockatiels.

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Ha, you got me.  That makes sense.  I went to wikipedia and the american bantam website but could not find a clear answer.

I hatched out 9 salmon faverolles between 3/1-4.  80% fertility, 75% hatch rate on my first go at it.  Thanks Cloverleaf for the eggs and to the entire flock here on BYC for the support during the hatch.  I am off to clean pasty butts...
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I hatched out 9 salmon faverolles between 3/1-4.  80% fertility, 75% hatch rate on my first go at it.  Thanks Cloverleaf for the eggs and to the entire flock here on BYC for the support during the hatch.  I am off to clean pasty butts...
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Bump for the afternoon crowd.  I think I may have hatched a bantam out of my LF eggs if the above statements are accurate.  I bow to the superior collective knowledge of the borg...er...I mean flock.

I hatched out 9 salmon faverolles between 3/1-4.  80% fertility, 75% hatch rate on my first go at it.  Thanks Cloverleaf for the eggs and to the entire flock here on BYC for the support during the hatch.  I am off to clean pasty butts...
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I hatched out 9 salmon faverolles between 3/1-4.  80% fertility, 75% hatch rate on my first go at it.  Thanks Cloverleaf for the eggs and to the entire flock here on BYC for the support during the hatch.  I am off to clean pasty butts...
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