Day 5 here on my journey to edumacate myself on chicken keeping, and through a process of elimination and deduction I am coming to the understanding (cause I am not a slow learner ; ) that Bantam and Standard basically refer to the full gorwn size of a breed. Is this correct? So, in other words, once you choose the breed(s) you would like to work with, then you need to decide whether you want bantam or standard? (or choose size, then breed).
I HAD NO IDEA! Geesh the stuff I am learning.
Let me ask you, what would make someone choose a Bantam over a standard? Is it merely size of the pen, etc. It seems to me most people have bantams. My gut tells me go BIG. I want a 4 -5 BIG FAT FLUFFY BIRDS with a whole lotta wiggling sass.
I am leaning toward Cuckoo Marans, Buff Orpingtons ...
... and check out this novel novice idea ...
Someone tell me if I am thinking correctly here. (the rest of you stop laughing at me. : )
O.k. so here is my master plan. I am going to get a white Silkie bantam(?) the broodier, the better. ... like ASAP (anyone have any leads?)
She and I are going to spend the next 9 months bonding, and she will be supervising the coop build.
THEN ... I will get 6 eggs for her to sit on around Feb 2013, so they hatch in time for Spring. Thsi way SHE can take care of them, and I don't have to pretend to be a chicken Mommy.
How does this sound? Do you think these big fat, fluffy sassy chicks will take her as a Mom and vice versa?
Then, THAT is it. They will lay eggs, and help me and my Silkie garden. (and maybe one little tiny bunny) There will be NO hanky panky, therefore no roos.
Does this sound viable?