Bantam Breed Help

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by 19marvinn, Nov 5, 2016.

  1. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2015
    I'm looking to hatch bantam eggs and get about 2 bantys out of the hatch. I have a 2x2 feeder coop that no longer has a purpose and figured it would be the perfect banty house. I am looking for a breed that is pretty cold hard, people friendly, and predator aware. I plan on free ranging. I don't want anything too crazy becuase those really exotic chickens creep me out. Calling all banty experts for their suggestions or breed info. thanks! -Molly
  2. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chicken Obsessed

    Hi. [​IMG]

    I've been really enjoying my bantam Welsumer. [​IMG]

    When you say cold hardy, what winter lows are we talking?
  3. 19marvinn

    19marvinn Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2015
    i live in pittsburgh. it can get down to the negatives a few days out of the year. id be able to bring the bantams inside need be. I have a larger coop of 12 that has heat. I already have a full size welsummer so i was lookingfor something different.
    Thanks for your reply!
  4. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chicken Obsessed

    That is pretty cold.

    Maybe bantam Cochin? I have a large one. She is plenty sweet and very cute although not the brightest. Not sure about cold hardiness, but I would think so with all those feathers. [​IMG]

    Good luck!
  5. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    If you're looking for predator awareness, go with games. they're also hardy little things.
  6. Jensownzoo

    Jensownzoo Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 7, 2016
    Saint Louis, MO
    I have a few bantam Cochins and a few Mille Fleur d'Uccles that free range during the day but they have roos with them. The d'Uccles are definitely more predator aware.

    You can consider banty EEs or Dominiques if egg-production is important.
  7. Folly's place

    Folly's place True BYC Addict

    Sep 13, 2011
    southern Michigan
    I'm in Michigan, and don't heat my coop, and have had Belgian d'Uccles for a very long time. Love them! Also this year got a few EE bantams from Cackle, and they are cute and laying aqua blue eggs, very nice. I've had buff Brahma and light Brahma bantams, also wonderful. Then the Fayoumis are nice, but I'm not sure about the combs in the winter. You will want a bigger coop! [​IMG] Fayoumi cockerel[​IMG] EE bantam cockerel[​IMG] young Belgian d'Uccles[​IMG] did I mention that Belgian d'Uccles are broody? I've also had Cochin bantams who were very cute and friendly. Mary
  8. EggSighted4Life

    EggSighted4Life Chicken Obsessed

    Yesterday, I remembered... I tried to get belgian d'uccles many times last year. I think the mille fleur are beautiful! Shipping robbed my chances though.

    Since others are also suggesting them as being cold hardy and predator weary... maybe just right for you [​IMG]

    EE are fun and all. Not sure about the bantams, but my full sized ones are often skiddish and lay inconsistently.

    My full sized barred rock are also great. Bantams should be good. Lay fairly well, friendly enough, and cold hardy as long as your ventilation is good.

    Glad you are getting some more feed back this a.m., and from a lot of really good people! [​IMG]

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