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Miniature hens-is there such a thing?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by CindyJean, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. CindyJean

    CindyJean Out Of The Brooder

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    Has anyone tried breeding for very small chickens? I am just wondering because my Duckwing Bantams are very small and I am thinking of putting the smallest hen and rooster together to see if I can breed down to an even smaller bird.

    Firgures ... I already have mini-horses
    If I can scale down the whole farm, maybe I can retire [​IMG]
     
  2. Orpingtonlover

    Orpingtonlover Out Of The Brooder

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    I did the same thing and the babies end up being just a tiny bit bigger then a Bantam sometimes the same size go for it it works!
     
  3. eggchel

    eggchel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I had some really really tiny bantam cochins. I think they had a dwarf gene or something. They had really short legs, too. Some of them also had the very slow or late feathering gene. They were cool.
    chel
     
  4. nightshade

    nightshade Chillin' With My Peeps

    I too have been looking for tiny hens. My 4 year old son bought a truly tiny 7 year old rooster at market about a month ago. Only roughly 7-8 inches tall to the top of his head when he is puffed up looking around. and he weights alittle over a pound. And I have been looking for a hen to go with him ever since. It's not easy to find them, we got "Igy" just by chance. And I have had no luck at finding any more tiny chichens. [​IMG]
     
  5. mr. norm

    mr. norm Out Of The Brooder

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    CindyJean
    yes, there are miniture chickens,if you log on to mcmurrayhatchery.com,there you'll find bantams in rhode island red,or do as I do and keep breeding your smallest chickens and hatching the smallest eggs they lay.....it takes time

    mr.norm
    monroe tennessee
     
  6. Sharisr32

    Sharisr32 Egg Killer ;)

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    Sounds like you need to start on Sermas -- Many of the other breeds have put rules in to limit the the downsizing of breeds any further --
     
  7. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

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    Seramas are the smallest breed you can find, but my advice is to shop around before you buy any or get any eggs for them. They were imported into the US by two or three different people several years back, but at least one of them is in it only for the money. (His birds aren't necessarily pure-bred anymore and not of very good quality.) It's best to educate yourself thouroughly on the breed before you purchase anything so you know what to look for. They are still very hard to come by, and there are a lot of scammers out there who will sell you eggs claiming they are Serama, of a certain size, or of a certain line, when in fact, they are not.

    Stacey
     
  8. quiltymare

    quiltymare Out Of The Brooder

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    I've got a few Serama hens that fit easily in the palm of my hand. They are so cute! I've also seen some tiny little Dutch bantams and OEG's although by standard, they aren't supposed to be so tiny.

    Sounds like you have a cute little guy!
     
  9. henryraven86

    henryraven86 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have some self blue English gamefowl hatching eggs that my hens are laying on right now i would be willingly to sell some hatching eggs when i get some more? Just pm me.
     

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