How do you tell standard from Banties?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by cricket-cricket, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. cricket-cricket

    cricket-cricket In the Brooder

    Feb 22, 2007
    Hi there,

    We're brooding up 3 campines and a silkie. The silkie is still a cute little fluff ball (just shy of 3 weeks), and our campines - are 3 weeks or so for sure. They're feathering out nicely, but seem very small.

    One of the campines is very clearly a little cockeral - and has been practicing is crowing abilities. It's quite comical (right now). I add this detail hoping to help you guage their ages. Every one is very healthy and happy, but my guess is they're not much more than 5 inches, maybe 6 inches tall. The feed store told me they were standard size, and I realize that these breeds are much smaller birds than the heavy breeds which we're used to. Our past experience is with our two Buff Orpingtons - which were much bigger. Still...

    is it possibel these are banties, not standard? Any way to determine?

  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    If I remember right, aren't campines a light breed? A leghorn type body as part of the medeterean class? If so, they are smaller than orps, I'd venture to say that orps are 2x the size of my leghorns.

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