I'm thinking about buying Banty babies. Thoughts on this smaller bird?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by chicamama03, Jan 29, 2011.

  1. chicamama03

    chicamama03 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2011
    I'm thinking of going with some mini's. I was curious of your experience with the smaller breeds. They seem so darn cute. I'm a novice, on this breed/size.

    I was curious about:

    egg size
    what's a good amount for a backyard coop.
    Breeds within the Banties you like.
    Are any particularly sweeter/calmer than others?


  2. ChooksChick

    ChooksChick BeakHouse's Mad Chicken Scientist

    Aug 17, 2008
    Larry, KS
    My Coop
    I would encourage you to do this- it's wonderful to have a bunch of little bitties.

    The ones with feathered legs will need ramps to get to low roosts. The ones without will want to fly to very high spots to roost, like rafters. Those without feathered legs have the ability to fly like birds, for 50 feet or more, and up high. It's important to consider this if you're in-town. They will want to fly into your neighbor's yard. Guaranteed.

    The eggs vary from malted milk balls to very small eggs. You will want to get 3 birds for each egg you would buy at the store: If you eat a dozen eggs a week, you'll want to have 36 eggs laid per week from banties. Many of the banty breeds are still prone to broodiness, so if you get Cochins or Silkies, even Seramas, you can expect them to brood 2 or 3 times per year, so they'll be out of laying for 8 weeks or more.

    All this being said, most stand their own with the big girls, are wonderful personalities, and I love all of mine dearly. I have Bantam Salmon Faverolles, d'Uccles, Banty Cochins, and Silkies. I adore all of mine and think they're just as wonderful as my giant breeds...and I have a dozen of breeds of those...
  3. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I just got 4 Seramas from a fellow BYCer and I have to say that they are quite a lot of fun so far. They are very personable. They are the smallest bantam, my hen is about the size of a pigeon. The roo is a little bigger, and quite a cuddler. We had a bantam hen when I was young and she was very sweet and a very good mother. This picture gives an idea of his size. My daughter is 4.

    Last edited: Jan 29, 2011
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    I have banties mixed in with my LF flock. I love 'em all, big and little. The little ones hold their own quite well. I even have 2 Cayugas, large ducks, and 4 call ducks, which are bantams of the duck world.

    I have Silver Sebright roosters (2), a Silver Sebright hen, a Golden Sebright hen, both laying adorable eggs. Plus two bantam EEs, several bantam Cochins, some bantam other breeds (goodness, what ARE they?) and a slew of large fowl chickens.

    Even the bantam Cochin (feather legged) roosters fly as high as a six foot fence to perch up there and crow. They're in the trees all the time. But they don't fly ACROSS the yard like the Sebrights do.
  5. chicamama03

    chicamama03 Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 29, 2011
    oh what a great picture with your 4 year old. HOW adorable they are. I had no idea they could fly/high. Thanks for the different types. I'm going to Google.

    Looks like I'll need about 8-10 for eggs.
  6. HelenaJean

    HelenaJean Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 22, 2011
    outback Australia
    i have some little silkie that i absolutely love!
    they're so friendly, they all come over for a cuddle when i go in there for feed them.
    Personally, i think they lay really yummy eggs, i'd rather eat one of their eggs than a laying birds one, they taste very buttery and sweet and are SO cute.
    enjoy, whatever breed you choose, little chooks are a joy to have!
  7. pdsavage

    pdsavage Sussex Monarch

    Mar 27, 2008
    Cochins so cute and fluffy
  8. 6chickens in St. Charles

    6chickens in St. Charles Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 25, 2009
    St. Charles, IL
    Rosecomb bantam egg next to EE egg:

    Really not that much different. But I think way back to when stores sold eggs "small", "medium", "large" and "jumbo"; sometimes its great to have eggs that fit into the hole for "egg in toast", not too big. Also great for littler appetites, like recovering sick people, little people and old people.

    Our Silkie hen lays the smallest egg, just right for the small gluten-free breads we have to buy. In our family we call it "moon over miami" but its' just an egg fried in toast with garlic butter.
  9. 12henfun

    12henfun Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2010
    Bath Twp
    do they require care different to the standard chicks with regard to coop and warmth etc
  10. acid_chipmunk

    acid_chipmunk Polish Silkies d'Uccles O my!

    Mar 29, 2010
    I love my bantams. If it weren't for the eggs that we sell, we wouldn't have LF birds. My bantams are so much calmer and sweeter than the LF. I can pick them up and cuddle them and they could care less. Big pluses for us too, they eat less and can house more in the same amount of space as LF. Mine don't require any different care than my LF. They all eat the same food, have the same coop designs (the LF are just a little taller). The eggs really aren't that much smaller than what my BLRW and my EE lay, so that isn't much of a problem for cooking.

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