Why Bantams? I don't get it....

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by idispatch4911, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. idispatch4911

    idispatch4911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't get why people would want a smaller chicken. I guess I'm so "dual purpose minded" that I can't see the use for a banty after laying isn't productive. Is there something I'm missing? Are bantams more for people who want a larger flock without the "mass" of a full size chicken?
     
  2. Kansaseq

    Kansaseq Prairie Wolf Farm Asylum

    Feb 12, 2009
    NE Kansas
    I'm with you. [​IMG] They're cute, but not good for much other than ornamentation. Not saying I wont have one or two someday, but the bulk of my flock will always be standards.
     
  3. idispatch4911

    idispatch4911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Even though they lay smaller eggs, do they produce the same quantity of eggs that a standard does?? I'm not sure!
     
  4. al6517

    al6517 Real Men can Cook

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    Quote:Yea pretty much.............................. For some folks banty's fit for them for a few reasons, the house chicken people like their size, some people use the less feed excuse, less space to raise more, the ladies like them cause their cute and small makes them easy to handle. Some breeds in the Bantam size have a totally different look and some folks like that. there could be many other reasons. I have never seen the attraction myself I raise LF, but the banty's are very popular.
     
  5. muddyhorse

    muddyhorse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Bloomsdale, MO
    my bantys are show birds. my daughter shows them in 4H and we show APA. I also have a flock of standards and ducks for egg production. My khaki campbell ducks out lay everything on the farm
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  6. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    guilty!! I love my big bottom girls but there's something about the compactness that drives me to keep bantams...I love them and it has nothing to do with the fact that Im a female-or less feed or space...Dh loves them more than the LF [​IMG] I can't ever see myslef without some around...I dont really get eggs so much from mine anymore but Im ok with that...they are in retirement:)
     
  7. georgiagail

    georgiagail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Because many are gorgeous:

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    Yesterday my "big girls" (7 of them) laid a total of 4 eggs. My "little" girls (6 of them) laid 5. I've been a bit surprised that the cochins eggs are approximately the same size as a medium to large egg in the grocery.

    Gail
     
  8. PeeperKeeper

    PeeperKeeper Chillin' With My Peeps

    In defense of Bantams: They are HILARIOUS!

    I call them "My Yard Ornaments"
     
  9. crossgirl

    crossgirl Day Dream Believer

    Mar 15, 2011
    Lakeland, FL
    Why do some people like miniature dogs? Or ponies? or doll furnitiure? Small is cute! I can have more chickens in my coop and they lay better than my big girls. When they're not broody, they are egg laying machines.
     
  10. georgiagail

    georgiagail Chillin' With My Peeps

    Back when I was working with exotic birds, most of the bird folks I knew were into the "bigger" parrots....everything from cockatiels all the way up to Macaws.

    My personal favorite were finches, especially Lady Gouldians. At one time, I had close to 200 of these. I was drawn to their incredibly beautiful colors.

    Gail
     

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