Bantam versus standard

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by folgerrd, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. Bantam

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    33.3%
  2. Standard

    6 vote(s)
    40.0%
  3. Like 'em equally

    4 vote(s)
    26.7%
  1. folgerrd

    folgerrd Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 4, 2011
    Canada
    I know bantams are smaller but other than that are there any differences?
    Are bantams as good for egg laying?
     
  2. magnolia-1971

    magnolia-1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm no expert, but what I have read on here is that a bantam has the same characteristics as their large counter part. So if the the large fowl is a good layer the bantam should be a good layer. [​IMG]
     
  3. spangledcornish

    spangledcornish Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would agree, we currently have a flock of bantam Australorps for our layer and they perform just like the std counter part. we just use two eggs to equal one standard egg
     
  4. ChickenAddict92

    ChickenAddict92 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I've read, the bantam counterpart of a breed lays the same number/frequency of eggs as the standard. The exceptions to this are the true bantams such as the Serama, which lay very few eggs because they were bred to be small and pretty, not to lay well.
     
  5. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

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    I've got both and thing they're both wonderful. I have noticed that my bantams seem to have more personality and like to be held more. I'm building a bantam coop for my 6 yr. old daughter because she loves to handle the chickens.
     
  6. dsfrango

    dsfrango Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I also have both and love the mix of personalities. The bantams are easier to handle/hold then the standards. But bigger eggs are important too which would def be bigger with standards. It really depends on what you want them for

    Standards
    Better layers/bigger eggs
    Fluffy Armfull to hold

    Bantams
    More personality-curious
    Easier to handle
    Crowing is a little quieter(Vocal capacity not as deep and loud)
    Eat less and poo less

    Thats my point of view-I have 4 standards and 14 bantams, and will always have both
     
  7. Steve234

    Steve234 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have both, and like both equally. I've had Silkies that were laying machines of nice sized medium eggs.
     
  8. Queen of the chickens

    Queen of the chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They each have their strong points. We had both in the past and I wasn't especially taken with the banties we had. However, I have since grown to love the fact that they eat less, take up less space, and are easier to handle for showing. This year I am only adding banties to my collection.
     
  9. magnolia-1971

    magnolia-1971 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am getting 2 bantams this time around. I found a breader that will give me pullets. It seems that it is hard to have banities sexed? Is that an across the board thing?
     
  10. Ducks and Banny hens

    Ducks and Banny hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 22, 2011
    On a little Farm.
    Yes, it is harder to vent-sex bantams, because they are smaller and much more delicate, though, it's just as easy to autosex them (in colors that autosex; Autumnal, Legbar, Crele, Duckwing)
     

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