New to Modern Game Bantam Questions

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by PeppermintHen, Mar 12, 2012.

  1. PeppermintHen

    PeppermintHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2007
    San Antonio, TX
    I have always wanted this breed and ordered some hatching eggs and have the following questions for my fellow BYC members.[​IMG]

    1: When incubating are the temperature and humidity levels any different than standard breed size chickens? Are they also 28 days?

    2: From what I read these are really sweet little birds. Like how sweet are they? If I end up with multiple roosters do they all get a long? Or am I to expect a little fight between them?

    3: What type of chicken feed is best for them since they are not great layers? My chicken experience is only with large breed chickens.

    4: Do they enjoy a big chicken run, with low perches or high perches? Are they flighty, do they wonder?

    Thanks in advance -- Yvette
  2. Whittni

    Whittni Overrun With Chickens

    Mar 26, 2011
    Southern Utah
    A. Same, 20 to 21 days.
    B. Very small tame birds, usually nonagressive but hold them often to help w/temperment
    C. Just regular complete food, for exhibition do a high protein diet.
    D. All chickens like big runs, they are a game breed so they are naturally flighty so just enter their run without waving your arms like a crazy person and they should be fine...others say these are nice and tame birds.
  3. PeppermintHen

    PeppermintHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2007
    San Antonio, TX
    Thanks for the info. From web surfing I'm reading a lot of people keep these as outside / inside birds. Are their crows loud? I know crowing in general are loud but every now and then you get some that just have a short and sweet crow or barely one at all.
  4. juliechick

    juliechick Transplanted Hillbilly

    Jun 27, 2008
    Southeast AR
    Actually, I have to disagree with them being flighty. When you go in the pen to feed, you have to be careful not to step on them, as they are so tame. That is, of course, if you fool with them a lot from hatch. They are naturally a tame breed and easy to train. That's why they are so popular for kids to show.

    The crowing is just as loud as any other rooster, split your eardrums if you are standing next to them.

    I don't think the roosters would get along very well. I've never had more than one mature rooster per pen, though so I can't say for sure.

    They don't like to eat the egg layer pellets. The pieces are too big for them. So, a crumble is a good choice. They need some vitamin A in their feed to keep them from picking on their feathers.
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  5. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    The smaller the bird, the higher in pitch, but the lower in volume (note I did not say quiet!). In general, the very loud, but low pitched crowing of huge roosters is less annoying than the shrill crows of a small breed rooster, even though it is not AS loud. I would definitely not call them a flighty breed. Roosters are good at protecting their flock, but htat is not the same as flightiness.

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