How big are bantams?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by seaj, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. seaj

    seaj New Egg

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    Please forgive me for being naive, but how big are typical bantams? I have seen "regular" chickens like rocks and orpingtons but nothing considered fancy. I was thinking of getting some bantam silkies and cochins sometime in the near future and don't have a real idea of how big the birds get.
     
  2. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    usually one third to one fourth the size of a standard.
     
  3. seaj

    seaj New Egg

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    In terms of height, how tall can I expect them to grow?
     
  4. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Around a foot at most for purebreds.
     
  5. pascopol

    pascopol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:To be more illustrative smallest bantams are about size of a pigeon (Serama , Dutch Bantams).

    Largest bantams are generally miniaturised equivalents of standard breeds 36 oz rooster 32 oz hen as opposed to 7-9 lb rooster and 5-6 lb hen for RIR Orpingtons Rocks etc.

    Silkies, Cochins fall somewhere between.

    Bantam eggs vary considerably too.

    example: New Hampshire Red Bantam egg 1.4 - 1.5 oz (standart large egg 2 oz)

    Dutch, Rosecombs Bantam eggs around 1 oz

    Very informative site for breeds, weights, number of eggs per year:

    http://www.kippengrabbelton.be/rasparadeeng/breedsparade.htm
     
  6. NYREDS

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

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    Actually Malay & Cornish bantams are a bit bigger: 44oz cocks & 36oz hens.
     
  7. brooster

    brooster Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i dont know if you can say that cornish are bigger, just heavier, they are all body. Meaty breasts!
     
  8. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As a group mind you, most of the bantam breeds with be under 12 inches tall. Weight will vary.
     

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