Best Bantams for kids

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JackieinYorktown, Jan 22, 2010.

  1. JackieinYorktown

    JackieinYorktown Out Of The Brooder

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    We have a nice flock and are planning our spring order... We would like to add some Bantams for our 11 year old.
    We are in NY so it gets cold. What would you suggest?
    Should they be clean legged?

    Jackie
     
  2. Buck Creek Chickens

    Buck Creek Chickens Have Incubator, Will Hatch

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    cochins hands down, serama for a clean leg, silkie is a great one too
     
  3. Bantimna

    Bantimna Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 29, 2009
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    Quote:Cochins and Silkies.
    It depends if you want to show, or are just home-ee's. Mud and poop can get stuck in their feathers, so cleaning should not be a, "I don't want to touch poop" etc.....
    What are you looking for in a breed?
    What breeds do you have?
     
  4. JackieinYorktown

    JackieinYorktown Out Of The Brooder

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    I have standard size birds- Buff Orpingtons, Astrolops, Wyandottes, and few EE. It is a gentle flock (even my one rooster is easy going).

    I am looking for pets, not to show... I will say, that I am not looking for a bird that requires maintenance. My birds have a a good, totally safe coop and enclosed run, but free range most of the time. So far so good with that.

    Thank you !

    Jackie
     
  5. possumqueen

    possumqueen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    old english game bantams are sturdy, fearless little birds. I've seen them in the hands of children at the state fair, and they were calm and contented. Seramas are real kids birds, too. Just enough to make a handful of fluff for a kid.

    But do you mind me asking, is it your child that wants the bantams? Because you're right your current large fowl are some gentle birds, and they make great kids' pets, too.
     
  6. SunAngel

    SunAngel Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 20, 2008
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    My vote is for bantam Cochins or d'Uccles. My bantam Cochins are calm, little balls of feathers, that don't mind being held or snuggled. My d'Uccles are chatty and curious, love to be around people. Silkies are really sweet, but not really the best for free ranging.
     
  7. LeBlackbird

    LeBlackbird Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Were in NY are you? I have several cochins and other banties for sale [​IMG] I'm going upstate next week...
     
  8. Cindy in PA

    Cindy in PA Overrun With Chickens

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    Plymouth Rock or Wyandotte Bantams! NIce size egg & friendly too! Beautiful pint sized chickens and so many varieties.
     
  9. FrizzlesRule

    FrizzlesRule Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Cochins, Silkies, Belgian D'Uccles are good choices. If you live where it's cold, than feather legged would be better. But cleaned legged bantams are beautiful and if you choose cleaned legged, you might want to try Leghorns or RIR.
     
  10. ClairedeLune

    ClairedeLune Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My DD is 11 and we've always loved Seramas.
     

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