~ˆ~`~BantamFan4Life's Flock~´~ˆ~

  1. BantamFan4Life
    As you can tell by my username, I am a big bantam fan! Here's the story how I fell in love with bantams:
    When I first start raising chickens, I got 4 standard chickens: 1 Buff Orpington, 1 Black Australorp, 1 "Light Brahma", and 1 White Leghorn. During the time I bought those chickens, I knew little about them, and I assumed all breeds were easy to tame. A month after I got those chickens, I lost my "Light Brahma" (I actually think she was a bantam Brahma, since she was SO small), as all the other pullets piled on top of her next to the waterer, and she drowned. So, the 3 other pullets grew up. The Orpington was the only chicken that ended up becoming my pet, which disappointed me. I didn't realize that some breeds were naturally skittish. Then, I heard about bantams, and I needed some.
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    My Leghorn, Stacy
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    My Black Australorp, Lacy
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    My Buff Orpington, Honey

    I got two bantams: 1 Blue Silkie and 1 Buff Laced Polish bantam. The Polish ended up being a rooster, so I had to give him away. On the other hand, my Silkie grew up to be a pullet, but she was a spasm, aggressive to the other hens, and ALWAYS broody. I sold her to someone two years later.

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    My Buff Laced Polish, Rudy
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    My Blue Silkie, Sweety
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    Rudy and Sweety together

    Despite that my first two bantams weren't all that great, I got another batch of 5 chicks: 3 Porcelain d'Uccles and 2 Mottled Houdans. 1 Houdan and 1 d'Uccle grew up to be rooster, so I gave them away. The other 3 chickens were wonderful and sweet. They are what got me into bantams (I count the Houdan as a bantam because she is really small for a Houdan).
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    The chicks
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    My Mottled Houdan, Victoria
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    My Porcelain d'Uccle, who is my favorite chicken, Lily
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    My Porcelain d'Uccle with a crooked beak, Dannielle

    Time went by, I got another batch of 3 bantams (although, two of them died of illness and the other became an aggressive rooster).
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    My Golden Neck d'Uccle, Summer (R.I.P. September 12th, 2013-April 10th, 2014, she died of an unknown illness)
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    My Black Cochin Bantam, Odysseus
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    My Ameraucana bantam, Ivan (R.I.P.,September 12th, 2013-January 7th, 2014 He died of an unknown illness)

    Later, I got a batch of 10 bantams (5 Mille Fleur d'Uccles and 5 Gray Japanese bantams).Two chicks died from the stress of the shipment. There were 3 roosters from the last batch, and the Japanese bantams I had to add to my order to meet the minimum. I sold the two Japanese bantam hens, and I wasn't able to give away the roosters. I kept the four remaining d'Uccles (I got 3 hens, 1 rooster) for breeding.
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    The chicks

    Now, I have 8 chickens (although I recently lost a d'Anver bantam I bought at a show and one of the d'Uccle hens from the last batch in two hawk attacks).
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    R.I.P., April, August 2012-February 15th, 2015
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    R.I.P., Sage, March 22nd, 2014-February 8th, 2015



    Here are some of my best photos:
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    UPDATE: R.I.P. Lily March 11th, 2013-July 31st, 2015
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    Lily
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    Lily
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    Lily
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    Savannah
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    Lily
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    I love this picture--it is the shadowy image of one of the most beautiful animals on the planet--the chicken.

    Thanks for reading! Please leave a comment below.

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  1. kidcody
    Lovely chickens!
  2. lovechicks1293
    how do you start a page like this?
  3. lovechicks1293
    SOOOOOOOOOOOO pretty! i love the cherry blossom behind some of the chickens! Rudy is BEAUTIFUL!
  4. ninjawesome
    Gotta love them D'uccles!
  5. Cluckcluck1215
    I love your your birds.sorry you had to give away your Roos and sorry for your losses.well,I guess that's what you have to expect for having pets.i had a lot of my pets die and I always say "I'll never for give myself for this!i'll never get pets again.but I do.
  6. Wendy High
    X10 does not even begin to express the gratitude for the story and photos. Thank you for taking the time to share. Both are gorgeous. There are 4 or 5 that are award winners.
  7. rmickelson44
    Wow great story. And awesome pictures. Beautiful chickens. Thanks...
  8. sunny & the 5 egg layers
    Beautiful birds, especially Lily.
  9. Sally Sunshine
    clapping!!! your an amazing photographer!!! love your flock!
  10. chickenshiha
    really pretty birds but sound like you have a disease in your flock sorry about that

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