What Is A Bantam?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by team_realtree, Jan 15, 2010.

  1. team_realtree

    team_realtree Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2009
    I hear the term so much. Is it just a breed of chicken that is smaller? Can one breed, say for example RIR, be bantam sized and standard size or is a breed either big or small?

    Is that the only difference between the bantams and standards? Size?
  2. Cloverleaf Farm

    Cloverleaf Farm Bearded Birds are Best

    Sep 16, 2008
    Levan, UT
    Mostly the only difference is size. Some breeds have standards and bantams. There are a few breeds of chickens that are "true bantams" which means they only come in bantam size, like Silkies, d'Uccles, and d'Anvers, there are a couple of others, but those are just examples.

    Usually bantams and standards of a particular breed look almost identical, but sometimes there may be something that's different, such as a slight difference in egg shade, that changed due to the genetics it took to make them small...

    Hope it helps!! [​IMG]
  3. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    This of them this way... bantams are miniature chickens. [​IMG]
  4. blackdotte

    blackdotte Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 18, 2008
    True bantams are breeds that have no large fowl equivalent.
    What we generally know as bantams are breeds of large fowl that have been reduced in size.
    In some parts of the world only true bantams are allowed to be called bantams, the others are known as dwarfs.

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