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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by tny_villegas, Aug 23, 2011.
is there a way in breeding bantams so they can be smaller?
Keep your breeder pullets from your wintertime hatch. They will be smaller if hatched in wintertime, and smaller hens lay smaller eggs.
Keep breeding the smaller birds to the smaller birds, they'll make small eggs which makes small babies.
Thank you very much. Thats very interesting.
feed them alum
Quote:late fall (oct-erly Nov) hatched bantams tend to be smaller, they also tend to have better wing length, and tighter feather due to cool moist environment. they will lay a slightly smaller egg. Additionally only set the smaller eggs, try to cut to smaller birds by weight use an electronic scale and weigh them use only smallest birds, get fall hatches for yourself and test mate prior to pairing for fall matings. There are a few other tricks that work all will take a quite a few generations to set size.
Try hatching from pullets, their eggs are generally smaller as well as hatching in the fall, its what has worked for me.
The size of the egg does not always effect the size of the full grown chickens, just the chick size. A tiny chick can grow just as large as a larger chick can.
The best way to get consistently smaller chickens is to breed the smaller breeding stock to each other.
The winter hatched hens can produce offspring that grows large, but selecting the smallest of the babies that hatch each generation will increase your chances of consistently smaller chickens.