Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Bantams (What exactly is a Bantam or Banty?)

Black Orpington Bantams (miniature Black Orpingtons, one fourth the size of standard Orpingtons)

Japanese Bantam Rooster (True Bantam)

Belgian Bantam Rooster (Belgian Bearded d'Uccle) (True Bantam)
Auntie Em has a Belgian Bantam rooster named Johnny who looks just like this pic!

Bantam (or Banty) is a poultry term used to descibe a small variety of chicken. A bantam is not a breed, but rather refers to size. Bantams are usually one fourth to one fifth the size of a standard chicken breed, and their eggs are likewise smaller. Many standard chicken breeds have a bantam counterpart, sometimes called "miniatures". A "true bantam" has no standard-breed (large) counterpart.
Examples of True Bantams include:
Dutch Bantam
Japanese Bantam
Here is a list of standard breeds that have a bantam counterpart (miniature):
These chicken breeds do not have a bantam counterpart (miniature):
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