Bantams

Discussion in 'Breeds & Genetics' started by fuzziebutt, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. fuzziebutt

    fuzziebutt Flocker

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    When I was new to the chicken world, I had silkies and bantams. I had heard the term "bantams" used so much, that I finally asked just what a bantam was. This is the response that I got, and maybe it will be helpful.

    Chickens are broken down into 2 main Categories, those being Large Fowl (often mistakenly referred to as Standards), and Bantam.
    So, Bantam is not a breed, it's a Category of all small breeds, most are miniatures, about 1/4 the size of their Large Fowl counterparts, but others are "True Bantams", such as Silkies, which have no Large Fowl counterpart. Other True Bantams breeds are: Booted, Belgian Bearded D'Uccles, Belgian Bearded D'Anvers, Rosecombs and Seramas. In other words they are found only as Bantams. All breeds, whether Large Fowl or Bantam have specific characteristics, or "Standards" as written in the Standard Manuals, size, weight, body shape are all specific to their breed. Colour and Patterns are specific to Variety.

    The Classes of Large Fowl Chickens as described in the APA Standard of Perfection are: American, Asiatics, Continental, English, Games and AOSB (All Other Standard Breeds).

    The Classes of Bantam Chickens as described in both the APA Standard of Perfection and the ABA Bantam Standard are: Feather Legged, Games, Single Comb Clean Legged, Rose Comb Clean Legged, and All Other Comb Clean Legged.

    I know that I was confused, but that cleared up alot for me. Hope it helps others!!
     
  2. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    Thank you. This was very concise helpful and interesting.
     

  3. cogburn

    cogburn New Member

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    Spot on !!
     
  4. 7chicks

    7chicks New Member

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    Thank you fuzziebutt for the explanation. :)
     
  5. TravisFoxTN

    TravisFoxTN New Member

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    Very helpful! I had been wondering too.
     
  6. BootedBantam

    BootedBantam New Chicken Mom

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    I have 6 booted bantams and I love them.
     
  7. BootedBantam

    BootedBantam New Chicken Mom

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  8. rob

    rob New Member

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    very interesting, thank you. all mine are bantams but im hoping to get some large foul.
     
  9. BootedBantam

    BootedBantam New Chicken Mom

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    hmmmm after looking here http://www.cacklehatchery.com/cochinbantam.html

    I have come to the conclusion they are cochins. Although photo 3 looks like orpington to me, but they are still young. Also check out the differences in their waddles and combs.

    Photo 1 ~ Partridge and black
    Photo 2 ~ Funky frizzle
    Photo 3 ~ Blue and blue splash
     

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  10. TravisFoxTN

    TravisFoxTN New Member

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    Those are definitely pretty.
     
  11. BootedBantam

    BootedBantam New Chicken Mom

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    Thank you ........
     
  12. Energyvet

    Energyvet New Member

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    I love round hens. And these are pretty, round hens. Good luck with them.
     
  13. BootedBantam

    BootedBantam New Chicken Mom

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