Newbie question about Bantams

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by jwatts, May 11, 2011.

  1. jwatts

    jwatts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This may be a stupid question,but i hear alot about bantam chickens.Do these come in RIR bantam,Barred rock bantams, etc.? or is bantam there own breed?
     
  2. ki4got

    ki4got Hatch-a-Holic

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    Bantam is reference to the overall *SIZE* of the chicken... Many breeds come standard (large) and bantam (small), while other breeds are either / or.

    If memory serves (and it doesn't always LOL) I seem to remember reading there are more bantam varieties than standards... but that's counting all the color varieties even within single breeds. The Old English Game bantam has well over 100 color varieties alone (again going by memory, so if I'm wrong someone please *gently* point it out?

    Most bantams average 2 pounds or less, while standards can be anywhere from 4-10 pounds depending on the breed (some a bit more some a bit less)

    Now the cochin, for example (my favorite)
    - the Large - Cock: 11 lbs, Hen: 8 1/2 lbs.
    - the Bantam - Cock: 30 oz, Hen: 26 oz

    Hope that helps...
     
  3. jwatts

    jwatts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are the bantam roosters as loud as a standard rooster?
     
  4. cecilia1959

    cecilia1959 Out Of The Brooder

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    Much louder and the crow over and over and over...They have a very huge voice in a tiny body...lol:celebrate
     
  5. TheMainException

    TheMainException Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:this depends on the rooster. I had one that never crowed, even when he had his own flock. Then I've had others who were frickin loud and crowed all day long. It really depends on the breed and the chicken.
     
  6. Southernbelle

    Southernbelle Gone Broody

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    My bantam roosters aren't as loud as my standard roosters, but their crow is higher pitched and squeakier, so more annoying.
     
  7. jwatts

    jwatts Chillin' With My Peeps

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    excellent,thanks for the info
     

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