I have always liked banties, their miniscule voices are cute and their tenacity for life renowned. But today I witnessed this little fighting spirit in a tiny flock of twelve. A farmer I know came in to the store today, and I asked him how his chickens were doing. He said he didn't know, he heard them crowing and assumed they were still alive. I thought that was a weird answer and I asked him why. He said he was tired of feeding them and hadn't fed them for a while like a couple months. So I asked if I could have them, I have lots of feed and he let me come over and get them. I really think he was pulling my leg, they weren't too skinny and there was feed in one of the feeders, but still. Come on, it's a terrible thing to starve! They were all together, perched on a crushed wire cage in the snow. They were fairly easy to catch as they didn't like to walk in the snow, and it was so cold, most of them let me just pick them up without much of a cluck or a struggle. I now know my eggs WILL hatch because all my spare cages are used up now with bunnies and chickens, and I had better start planning on building some kind of banty-house. There are seven hens and five roos. There is even a mille fluer! She is my favorite. There are two aracauna hens with muffs and two of the red roos look alike. About half have feathered feet. There is a bit of frostbite on some of the combs so I vasolined everybody. I am planning on worming them tomorrow. They are happliy digging in the straw I gave them in my largest rabbit cage, but it is kinda crowded even if they are banties so I might have to either divy them up or kick the two rabbit does out of their large hutch- run and move all the birds in there. Haven't decided yet. When I put food in there for them, they dived in. So I wonder if they did get much to eat for the last couple months. Farmer said they ate hay and dug around in the horse pen. Maybe they were scavenging, I don't know for sure. But they were so happy to get their own food that the little rosecomb roo on the left of all three pics crowed and crowed. Cute little things! I have no idea what I am gonna do with five roos but after what they've been through I surely cannot eat them. Can they all live together? I think banties are more social than regular chickens. Anyway, thanks for reading my story! P.S. if you see a breed you recognize shout out to me! I love to show my kids the birds and tell em what they are!!