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Breed Purpose
Pets for backyards
Any depending on what type you get- the combs range from walnut to rose commonly straight though.
Very broody. Usually during spring I find is when they tend to go Broodiest.
Climate Tolerance
Only can cope with mild heat and mild cold. Isn’t very tolerant of Heat or wet or cold.
Egg Productivity
Common depending on breed. Eg. I have found silkies to Be quite productive but Pekin bantams on the other hand don’t lay every day
Egg Size
Quite small edible eggs. The yolk is no smaller than regular size eggs but in a smaller shell
Egg Color
White or cream tinted are the only I’m aware of.
Breed Temperament
They are the perfect chickens to have around kids. They are small but feisty and smart little hens. Silkies I have found are the best tempered with kids.
Breed Colors/Varieties
They come in buff, blue, partridge, splash, white, blue partridge.
Breed Size


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Pros: They are all small
Cons: different breeds and mixes
I hope people who read this will understand that bantam has to do with size and not with breed.

Different kind of bantams have different looks and different characteristics. If you want information about a certain bantam, you better look at the kind of bantam you are interested in:

More about bantams from

“In total the American Bantam Association lists over 400 varieties of bantam birds.

The origin of the word ‘bantam’ is from the seaport of Bantan, Indonesia.

When sailors stopped into the port for fresh supplies of food and water, they were impressed by the local chickens which were smaller than the chickens back home. The word – Bantan – was corrupted into Bantam in general English and so small chickens became known as bantams.

Types of Bantam Chickens
Strictly speaking there are three types of bantam chicken.

  1. There are ‘true’ bantams; these have no large fowl counterpart. They are naturally occurring with no input from mankind. Breeds: Nankin, Sebright and Rosecomb.
  2. Miniaturized bantams – these were ‘made’ from a standard breed of choice such as Rhode Island Red, Cochin or Orpingtons.
  3. Developed bantams – these are small breeds that have been further developed with some help from mankind. They have been around for so long that the origins are sketchy at best. Such breeds are: Belgian, Pekin (Cochin) and Japanese.”
Pros: they are calm and beautiful to see in your garden come in frizzles and great colors can be tamed
Cons: weak against cold or hot weather can get sick easily fragile things


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