Bantam sized rooster from full size parents

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by shadorider, Oct 4, 2013.

  1. shadorider

    shadorider New Egg

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    A few months ago, I bought a trio of blue laced red Wyandottes and of course one of the hens turned out to be a rooster. The extra rooster is bantam sized, the other rooster and hen are normal sized. They were raised together and fed the same. Is this a normal occurance?
     
  2. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    It's perfectly normal if it's parents were bantams. That's likely what happened.
     
  3. shadorider

    shadorider New Egg

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    They weren't supposed to be. How do breeders create a bantam variety of a large breed fowl? Do they just choose the smallest or do they cross breed with a bantam?
     
  4. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    Well, a bantam would have been obvious from hatch. they're just smaller overall. If it wasn't smaller from the start, I don't know what happened to it.
     
  5. nicalandia

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    maybe the small rooster is a Runt...?
     

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