Why bantams?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by bakerjw, Jun 1, 2010.

  1. bakerjw

    bakerjw Songster

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    I'm real new at chickens but after getting my 8 pullet girls from TSC have wondered why I hadn't done it long before. Well as chicken math goes I am doing pretty well. Eight pullets for eggs with a fuzzy theorem applied equals 5 additional white leghorns and 5 Silver Sebrights. When I saw a picture of a SS I showed my very understanding wife and stated "I need those". Once I had gotten them home and settled in I found that they are a bantam chicken.

    Other than the "they look cool" factor, why do you have bantams? They are small and lay small eggs. Is there some other aspect of bantam ownership that I am missing? I love my little spastic SS chicks. Just wondering.
  2. KellyHM

    KellyHM Crowing

    Sep 10, 2008
    Lakeland, FL
    You can fit more of them in a small space. [​IMG]
  3. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Songster

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    I got my first one as a mistake! Lol! She my avatar and one of the protected few that will never see an axe!
  4. GRAM49

    GRAM49 Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Why pick a St. Bernard over a Poodle or a pair of navy slacks over a black pair - just because you like it! Just a matter of preference.
  5. coastaltx

    coastaltx In the Brooder

    Feb 12, 2010
    Third Coast
    Eggs can be sold as "diet eggs"...
  6. Chicky Tocks

    Chicky Tocks [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2666.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Ru

    Oct 20, 2008
    Benton, Arkansas
    They make the most novel, one pop and their gone, deviled eggs. [​IMG] Annd bantams are more tolerant to snorgling.
  7. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Songster

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    easier to pick up! 2 pounds vs 9 pounds that struggle when you try to pick them up to do 'bug' checks and foot maintenance is a BIIIG difference. my favs will lay medium eggs as they age instead of most bantam breeds that lay small eggs.
  8. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    They go broody! And they're just so darn cute!
  9. IcarusSomnio

    IcarusSomnio Songster

    Apr 27, 2010
    Vernon County, MO

    I like having Bantams around just because their simply and utterly cute. Sebrights are my favorites, honestly, I love their personality and color (and that 'Proud' stance of theirs). I had a Sebright hen that followed me around like mad [​IMG]

    Silver Sebrights...I'm jealous, all they got around here are the Goldens [​IMG]
  10. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    Less space, less feed, easier to handle, eggs taste the same just get a scale and measure out by weight what you need if baking, my bantams all lay better than my standards except when broody, bantams go broody frequently to help hatch you chicks, smaller coop = less money, smaller pen = less money and less yard taken up, they can be let loose in the garden without doing much damage while helping you weed...

    Really the eggs taste the same and the roosters taste the same you just use a little more and since you can fit more chickens I fail to see the down side of a bantam. [​IMG] I keep 4 standard hens for baking eggs and the other 3 dozen or so are bantams.

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