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Is this a Bantam? Or stunted growth?

Discussion in 'What Breed Or Gender is This?' started by texas hiker, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. texas hiker

    texas hiker Out Of The Brooder

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    My wife and I got a rooster that had been neglected, and I was wondering if his small size is due to being a bantam, or stunted growth from poor nutrition?

    The lady my wife and I got the rooster from says it is a heinz-57 mix breed. Its great grandmother "may" have been a buff, but the owner was not sure.

    The rooster weighs maybe 4 or 5 pounds, sorry there is nothing for scale.

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  2. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    He looks proportional, not really like a runt/stunted. A lot of chicken breeds are small and 4-5 pounds is normal, would guess that a lot of the H57s that contributed to him are smaller breeds. Bantams are usually 1/4 to 1/5 the size of the standard breeds, so he is big for a bantam.
     
  3. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted Premium Member

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    He's at least part bantam. The set on the wing isn't usually seen on large fowl, I'm not a bantam person but he looks kinda gamey to me, with lots of other stuff mixed in! He's pretty and looks healthy, I think he's just mixed not stunted.
     
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    He looks fine to me. Some breeds of chickens (and mixes) are smaller than others. There is a huge difference in size between a Jersey Giant and a Serama. A chicken can be any size, depending on what breeds go into it. He is a small large fowl chicken, but is looks perfectly healthy.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    I agree. It almost looks like he could be mixed with a Nankin.
     
  6. Cleoandclover

    Cleoandclover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The wing set looks serama-ish. I'm guessing at least part serama, part Nankin, maybe some large fowl blood. Nice bird.
     

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