If you're not familiar with the chicken world, you may ask, what are bantam chickens? They are simply miniature chickens; about one-fourth to one-fifth the size of a standard chicken. Murray McMurray Hatchery calls them the "flower garden of the poultry world." I like that analogy and have to agree. Because of their small size, many urban chicken keepers are turning to banties. So, many that their popularity is rapidly increasing. FYI - Bantam eggs are significantly smaller than normal eggs so you often have to have 2 to 3 to equal the normal size.
No one's exactly sure where bantams originated; most believe the orient. But is important to remember that some bantams are "true" meaning there is no full-size counterpart. Others are simply smaller versions of their larger counterparts.
Here are some bantams, both true and others not, from the 4-H Community Fair I attended. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
|Old English Blue pair|
|Bantam Barred Rocks|
|Old English Black Cockerel|
|Bearded bantam cockerel|
|Black Rosecomb pair|