Are breed characteristics of standards the same in the bantam variety?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by lceh, Dec 27, 2008.

  1. lceh

    lceh Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2008
    Central Virginia
    Chicken newbie here. In trying to figure out what breed(s) of bantams to buy for our backyard I've been looking at Henderson's chicken chart, and wondering if the traits he describes are the same for both standards and bantams. For example, Ameracaunas are given a "4-egg" rating for laying medium-sized eggs. Does that mean the bantam variety is also a prolific layer, with a medium (for a bantam) sized egg? May seem like a dumb question, I just want to make sure.

  2. seedcorn

    seedcorn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    not necessarily as bantams are bred for looks first. Production is just an extra you get. Most bantams lay a small size egg on a regular basis but never what a hen chosen for production will do.
  3. a2ms4chickens

    a2ms4chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    I have a couple of bantam RIR hens who lay regularly, but their eggs are small to medium.

    Another thing, is that broodiness is bred out of the standard production RIR hen, but not the banties. My little girls are broody a lot so I don't need an incubator.

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