Bantam V.S. standard, which do you prefer and why? Also, can bantam and standards be mixed in the sa

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Blueeyez, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. Blueeyez

    Blueeyez Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2016
    So, which to you prefer and why? Also, is it a good or bad idea to mix them in the same flock? I am starting an all hen laying flock and trying to decide on breeds. I plan of trying a few different breeds to see what works best for me, but I can decide if bantam or standard would be best? And if it wouldn't hurt, I'd like to try both! I just don't want anyone getting picked on if I can avoid it :) thanks for you opinions and input!
  2. miss heny

    miss heny Genetic Expert in learning Premium Member

    Bantams are smaller which normally means smaller eggs and carcass, personally our farm loves bantams but for egg purposes we are investing into a large fowl flock.

    We personally have been able to mix sizes without a issue, your biggest fear is if fbe LF rooster decides he fancies the bantam hens in allhonesty.
  3. Goosegrrl

    Goosegrrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 16, 2015
    Central FL
    I keep mostly bantams. Primarily Spangled OEGB, with a few Silkies for setting/chick raising. I added three Speckled Sussex hens for a steady, but not overwhelming, supply of bigger eggs for baking.
    No problems for me at all with this mix.
    And I will likely hatch some of the SS eggs with the Spangled OEGB cock covering them. For a more medium size bird with(hopefully) slightly better laying than the OEGB hens, and better foraging than the SS hens. I won't keep a LF cock in my flock though. No interest in 'big' roos, and they can be too much for little hens.

    I say keep what you like.
    Remember that bantam eggs are smaller, but cook up just the same. They are really cute fried sunny side up. Kids love them!
    If you want to bake it's certainly easier to have a couple of LF hens to produce some standard med/large size eggs, but there are ways around that. Like using a few standard large store bought eggs to establish a volume or weight of egg -minus the shell- to measure out each time. Measuring out the smaller eggs in place of big ones by scrambling thoroughly first.
  4. FowlStuff

    FowlStuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2016
  5. buckeyelover

    buckeyelover New Egg

    Nov 7, 2016
    Hello. I would prefer standard chickens because they have more meat on them and they lay good eggs. Yes, mixing both types of birds in the same flock is safe.

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