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ALL about BANTAMS

 
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please feel free to tell me all about your experiences raising BANTAMS. anything at all!!
 
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I'm extremely happy with my Cochin Bantams which I purchased as chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery a couple years ago. This past year they hatched out many chicks, some bantams and some from my larger hens, with great success raising the babies. The only problem with these birds is they are really tiny, they may be among the smallest if not the smallest breed of chicken, so they don't make much of a meal if you want to eat them. "Take two, they're small."
 
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Tyler Ludens wrote:I'm extremely happy with my Cochin Bantams which I purchased as chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery a couple years ago. This past year they hatched out many chicks, some bantams and some from my larger hens, with great success raising the babies. The only problem with these birds is they are really tiny, they may be among the smallest if not the smallest breed of chicken, so they don't make much of a meal if you want to eat them. "Take two, they're small."



Do you think they would brood my quail eggs? I know raising chickens with quail is not smart but I was thinking of putting 1 Bantam in my quail pen to avoid using an incubator when raising my meat chicks...
 
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Tyler Ludens wrote:I'm extremely happy with my Cochin Bantams which I purchased as chicks from Murray McMurray Hatchery a couple years ago. This past year they hatched out many chicks, some bantams and some from my larger hens, with great success raising the babies. The only problem with these birds is they are really tiny, they may be among the smallest if not the smallest breed of chicken, so they don't make much of a meal if you want to eat them. "Take two, they're small."



Have you had any predator problems? Or cats?
 
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Do you think they would brood my quail eggs? I know raising chickens with quail is not smart but I was thinking of putting 1 Bantam in my quail pen to avoid using an incubator when raising my meat chicks...

I have heard one story about them hatching geese.. I would love to know more about that! But I would also like to know how well they do with quail eggs.
 
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About hatching quail with bantam hens:



this lady in France is doing it!
 
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We have both bantams and standard hens. The bantams are, in my opinion, more fun to watch and more survival fit.

They are fast as all get out, almost impossible to catch. They can go anywhere; through small gaps, under the coop to lay hidden eggs. They are excellent foragers, way better than the standards. And they often go broody and successfully hatch and raise chicks.

I think they are awesome, and a great bird if you were going to free range your birds. Also, we are able to keep two roosters, 1 Banty and 1 barred rock. For some reason they are fine with each other, and they each stick to their own group of girls during the day, and roost in the same coop at night.
 
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My full size girls will lay eggs their first winter w/o a light but my bantums would not. I like the bantams better, less destructive and really fun to watch and my cochin rooster was very friendly and didn't care if ya picked him up. He was good a keeping an eye out for predators too. If you have concerns about them get both, not too big of a deal and decide which you like. I don't keep bantams at present, three full size layers keep with plenty of eggs. Good luck, jeff
 
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