Is my RIR a banty?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Sin City Chicks, Aug 7, 2013.

  1. Sin City Chicks

    Sin City Chicks Out Of The Brooder

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    Is there any way to tell if my 16 week old RIR is a bantam? I am new to chickens, so I only know what I have read and researched. From what I know, at full maturity she is supposed to weigh like 6 pounds. She doesn't even weigh a pound yet, and she is noticeably lighter than my Australorp (which, I read, is supposed to be about the same size as a RIR at full maturity). Excuse the pun, but she truly feels light as a feather. [​IMG]

    The feed store we bought our girls from didn't say anything about the chicks being bantam, but I am starting to *naively* suspect it. Maybe I am jumping the gun, I don't know.



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  2. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    A bantam will also be noticeably smaller than your regular large fowl chickens, can you post some pics?
     
  3. Sin City Chicks

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    She is on my shoulder

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    It just seems to me that at 4 months she should maybe be bigger? More than a pound, at least. Especially if she is going to start laying in a month or so...
     
  4. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    From the last two pictures your RIR looks about the size of my bantam silkie. Are there pictures of your RIR on a flat surface body to body to your other hens?
     
  5. Sin City Chicks

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    Sassy, the BO, is quite a bit bigger than the other girls, but BO's are a slightly bigger breed with fluffy feathers anyway. But you can see that June Bug, my Australorp, is bigger than Wyoma, my RIR. Sorry about the pic, I don't have any of them standing on the ground because I can't seem to get them to hold still long enough when they are running around lol.
     
  6. Veer67

    Veer67 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yeah, I think that Wyoma is a bantam because of that size. :)
     
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  7. Sin City Chicks

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    We are thinking so too. Less than a pound at 4 months old, we are finding it difficult to believe she will blow up to 5 or 6 pounds when she is fully grown. We will know better next time when we are ready to build on our flock. Not that we don't love our girls with all our hearts, we were just hoping for full size girls to give us full size eggs.
     

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