How to achieve bantams from a breed that doesnt have bantams?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by DENALI, Jun 15, 2008.


    DENALI Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Hypothetically how would you pursue a breeding program to attain bantam size birds from a breed that doesnt have a smaller version? Not sure i am wording the question right, but have a whack at answering it anyhow and we will go from there! Thanks
  2. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 9, 2008
    Washington State
    I don't know how exactly, but I have heard it is easier to go bigger then to go smaller.
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Can you imagilne? A New Jersy Giant bantam? That's would be an oxymoronic chicken!
  4. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    LOL..... I would imagine you could keep the smallest of your birds and continue to breed over many generations for the ones with the "small" trait. OR possibly you could use a bantam chicken of similar trait to introduce the small trait and then breed until you reduce the size and breed out unwanted traits until you reach conformity.

    But, I am NO expert........ that is just my guess [​IMG]
  5. coffeemama

    coffeemama Barista Queen

    Mar 5, 2008
    Quote:Actually if you look at Jerset Giants HERE they say there is a bantam Jersey Giant!

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by