Difference between Banty and Standard

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Ellie, Aug 13, 2008.

  1. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Besides size. My neighbor says that the banty's go after snakes. I thought all chickens did.

    I got two chicks from the feed store and they may be banties. One Barred Rock rooster and hen. They don't seem as big as my chickens but then they are only 10 weeks old. Perhaps I don't remember.

    They seem a little more "angular" than mine.

    Anyway, what are the behaviour or any other differences besides size?

    Last edited: Aug 13, 2008
  2. a2ms4chickens

    a2ms4chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 16, 2007
    Tucson, AZ
    I have banty RIRs, 1 roo and 2 hens, along with standard RIRs, BO, BR and red sexlink.

    The banty RIR takes care of all the girls, and he is pretty gentle with them. The banty RIR hens are at the top of the pecking order. They are in charge and if the other chickens get out of line, these little RIRs put them in place.

    The banty RIRs do go broody, where as, some of the broodiness is bred out of the standards.

    We also have modern game and old english game bantams, both roos and hens. They are so stinkin' cute!! They fit in your hand and love to be talked to. They usually start to fall asleep after awhile.

    I don't really notice too much of a difference besides their size, the egg size and they eat less food than standards.

    Hope this helps.
  3. AtRendeAcres

    AtRendeAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2007
    Clarion County
    over all the bantams forage at bit more & they are more apt to jump up to get their back rub (or maybe that is because we tend to pick them up more!!!) otherwise they are pretty much the same personality!

    I have big & large chickens I [​IMG] both but, I do cuddle my bantams more ((but, my big Brahmas never run))
  4. Ellie

    Ellie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 10, 2007
    Redding, Ca.
    Interesting. I appreciate the input. I learn so much here.

  5. nnbreeder

    nnbreeder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 22, 2008
    Attitude is another difference, I've seen more standard size roosters back down from a banny roo than the other way around.
  6. BantyHugger

    BantyHugger Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2008
    I have 3 bantys and all i can say is they talk way more. The girls trill constantly and the roo, well he's a good talker. I have noticed that the bantys like to hang back and keep foraging longer when i bring out the food.
    I know this is size related, but they eat less. [​IMG]

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