Are you a bantam person or a standard person and why?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by egglicious, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. egglicious

    egglicious Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
    I'm looking to add to my flock. I really want lots of eggs but I gotta tell you that bantams really are easier to care for in terms of poop, space, amount of feed. Of course I don't care for broodiness, though... ugh, can't decide!! What do you think?
  2. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    I'm a standard/LF person. Most bantams are too bug-eyed for me, plus most of them look too much alike with their dropped wing carriage, high set rumps, short backs, etc. Plus I like my birds normal size to huge in size. [​IMG]

    I don't think they're any easier or more difficult to clean and take care of though, honestly. If anything I'd consider Bantams more difficult because things like fencing, etc need to be smaller.

    Broodiness is the same in bantams that is is in LF birds, the only reason people think bantams are more broody is because hatcheries breed broodiness out of LF birds far more strictly than bantams due to popular demand for the birds.
  3. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2011
    im a bantam person, smaller cages,eat less food,need less space
  4. Hi! I like both --- all sizes from my tiny Modern Game Bantams, Japanese, and Serama to Jersey Giants and everything in between. I've thought how deprived I'd feel if I had to decide between bantams and large fowl.
    Good luck with your decision!
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I thought I was a LF person, eschewing "midget chickens." I wanted some Cochins, saw an ad on Craigslist, went to the farm and fell in love with the bantam Cochins. Somehow I had missed the word "bantam" in the ad. I bought two very young "pullets" - a lavender and a black - turned out the black was a little roo.

    Then I thought the Silver Sebrights were adorable, and bought 2 straight run chicks at my favorite feed store- both cockerels. Tried again, with a Silver and a Golden, got pullets. Whew!

    Once the barrier was broken, I didn't mind adding bantam breeds to my flock. I hatched some, from eBay eggs, and some crossbreeds hatched under some of my broody hens.

    The only bantam breeds I deliberately buy in hatching eggs now are Cochins, Faverolles, Orpingtons, and I couldn't resist a couple of Mille Fleur D'Uccles.

    I still kinda prefer the big, fluffy-butt breeds, though.

    The size difference, with regard to lodging, feeding and cleanup, has no bearing on my decisions. Bantam fluffies are just so stinkin' cute!
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2011
  6. hdowden

    hdowden Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 14, 2011
    i like my bantams they are so cute and easy for my 3 and 4 year olds to help take care of and hold on to rather than the larger breeds. i'm a d'uccle person and i am looking for more, also want to add some silkies and frizzles(not a breed i know)
  7. egglicious

    egglicious Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 7, 2011
    Thanks for the replies, though i'm not sure if they are making my decision any easier! I wonder if there are folks who have bantams for eggs??
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Same here. I only have standards for eating eggs.
  9. Tripp16

    Tripp16 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 26, 2011
    North Carolina
    I have both~ I also loove both! [​IMG]

    Bantams, are more petite and need a little more TLC. One of my bantam hens is soo sweet because I raised her as a day old chick. The other hen I have is mean because I got her when she was few weeks old so she doesnt like me very much. They have HUGE personalitys (as all chickens do) they are little more feisty! [​IMG]

    Standards, I like because they are little more layed back and lay bigger eggs. [​IMG]

    They each have pros and cons I think! [​IMG]

    Hope this helps! [​IMG]
  10. Marcymom3

    Marcymom3 Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have standard sized. The reason? That's what the feed store had and I didn't know any different. I've learned so much about them from BYC, and I will probably stick with them.

    Loved the comment about the big fluffy butts! That a perfect description of our girls. [​IMG]

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