sent a predator down from Michigan that's new to Indiana! lol First black bear confirmed in Indiana in more than a century
At first I only wanted LF chickens since I tend to like big animals, and I didn't think bantam eggs would be very useful (in reference about recipes that call for large eggs). When I had to find a sudden replacement buddy for my Jubilee Orp, Adeline, the only Orp available was a Bantam Chocolate — Bonbon! She's been our favorite ever since. I love my two Silkies and my tiny lovey-girl bantam Cochin, Screech. Bantam eggs are great for scrambled or boiled egg snacks. The best feature of bantams is that their poop is smaller!! Unfortunately, I've found that bantam hens and roos are just as loud as LF. And I love my LF chickens, too. It's nice to have a mix of sizes and breeds. All of us who have spunky bantams know that they can certainly hold their own against bossy LF chickens!
Background info re bantam chickens: I sent an email a minute ago and noticed that my spellcheck capitalized Bantam. I just looked at a Wikipedia article that explains the word bantam (not necessary to capitalize) was derived from an area of Indonesia named "Baten Province." European sailors liked the small native chicken breeds, and the name evolved to "bantam."
The article also noted: Most large chicken breeds have a bantam counterpart, sometimes referred to as a miniature. Miniatures are usually one-fifth to one-quarter the size of the standard breed
, but they are expected to exhibit all of the standard breed's characteristics. That makes me wonder if that's why my Cochin, Screech, is so tiny (special hatching egg from @ellymayRans
). Is anyone familiar with miniatures? I don't remember anyone mentioning that size other than me when referring to Screech, and I didn't know that it was a real size designation. Maybe @pbirdhaven
who is on hiatus from poultry shows will know.