I keep Bantam chickens because they tend to be much broodier than regular
size (standard) chickens.
daughter ended up with 3 Dominique, 2 Silkies, and one Buff Bantam. It is
kind of amazing to think that in this day and age a broody hen is the most
reliable incubator. Mother Nature still knows best." -Anne, Fairhope,
This photo is from Anne.
is a Bantam Chicken?
Bantie/Banty just means a small chicken. It can be any breed. They are 1/2
to 1/4 the size of a standard chicken. Their eggs are similarly smaller.
Many standard-size chickens have a Bantam equivalent, sometimes called Miniatures.
Bantams usually have more of their bird instincts than regular-size chickens
This photo is a Buff Orpington Bantam hen with chicks that she hatched.
"Looking very forward to getting our eggs. We are
doing a school hatching project with them. This will be our 4th year hatching
but our first year with bantam. The kids looked at catalogs and online (your
web site had such great descriptive pictures), and the bantams won the vote,
everyone is very excited! Thank you for doing what you do, very envious
of the life and farm you have, keep up the hard work!" -Marlene, Howell,
"My hatching eggs arrived safe and sound, and on time! I truly appreciate
that your eggs are so clean and well protected for the long transport across
the country! I also appreciate your very helpful incubation and hatching
book." -Darlene, Flagstaff, Arizona
to be Broody
A broody hen
likes to sit on her eggs until they hatch in 21 days (or 28 days if she
is sitting on duck eggs). Once they hatch, Banties are very good mothers.
They keep a watchful eye over their chicks (or ducklings).
You can let them hatch their own eggs or put eggs from another hen under
them. They will even incubate other poultry eggs such as ducks. They treat
the ducklings as if they were their own.
"My four little darlings hatched Wednesday. I learned
a lot from the experience. A full size hen sat on top of the broody bantam
most of the time...Sheila the bantam was undeterred but next time I'll put
the bantam in a separate area. This was a lot of fun and I'll order again
when time is right--and I learn some more about broody hens." -Cathy,
to Hatch Eggs
or add eggs gently at night when they are sitting on their own eggs. Or
even better is switching/adding eggs when they briefly leave the nest several
times a day to eat and drink.
In this photo you can see the chick sticking his head out of the hen's wing.
"We candled the eggs last night and 17 out of 18
were fertilized!" -Summer, Santa Cruz, California
(I sent a mixed assortment of eggs from: Buff Orpington Bantam, Cochin Bantam,
Dominique Bantam, Easter Egger Bantam, Silkie Bantam, and Splash Old English
A Bantam hen
can successfully hatch about 10 of her own eggs but only about 5 eggs from
A standard size hen can successfully hatch about 12-15 of her own eggs.
Though 12 is a safer number.
"About 40 years I had Bantams, and a hen was sitting
on 21 eggs and 20 hatched!" -Tim, Barnum, Minnesota
are about 1/3 to 1/2 the size of regular chicken eggs. They can be white,
cream, brown, blue or green. Size varies with the size of the hen.
"My children are thrilled, we got six out of eight
Bantam chicks! Thank you so much!!!" -Gina, La Quinta, California
I ship fertile
hatching eggs everywhere in the United States except Hawaii.
This photo shows the difference in size between standard-size eggs and bantam
eggs. The top 2 brown eggs are standard-size Dominique eggs. The bottom
12 eggs are Bantams (you also receive green and blue eggs).
"Just wanted to send you a HUGE thank you for the
wonderful eggs and experience we received with your eggs. Out of the 23
eggs we only had three that didn't hatch. We are so happy with the success!
We have 20 very happy little chicks! We will definitely order from you again!"
-Brooke, Bradford, Vermont
Silkie chickens..2 roosters with their hens.
"I just candled the 18 Dominique and Bantam chicken
eggs you sent me (day 12 of incubation), and 17 were fertile and developing
just fine. That's amazing for shipped eggs (or otherwise)! I will send you
pics of the hatch." -Doug, Jacksonville, North Carolina
is Bantam Dominiques...3 roosters with their hens.
"The eggs arrived safe and sound! Just wanted to
say thank you! My daughter is very excited; as hatching them is her end
of the year science project." -Kari, Fall Creek, Wisconsin
Chicks from Shipped Eggs
"I just wanted to let you know that your Bantam eggs hatched beautifully!
This is the best shipped hatch I've ever had!! I'm really excited about
the bantams! They're cute as can be. I'd like 15 again." -Kimmie, Noble,
"My first chicks were very successful. I have 12/18 hatched already,
on day 23. They seem very happy and are so very cute. I just placed another
order for my last 9 chicks; can't wait for more!" -Erica, Brevard, North
This photo is Bantam chicks from Kimmie's shipped eggs.
Bantam Chicks from Shipped Eggs
had a really good hatch, 14 out of 18 of the little critters made it out
and are looking very healthy. The Bantams were a lot of fun to hatch because
each one was different from the next. I can tell that some of them are likely
part Silkey. Our chicks are doing great, and my daughters are really enjoying
them." -Doug, Jacksonville, North Carolina
This photo of 2 Bantam chicks is from Doug.
Hatching Eggs are a Great School Project
wanted to say thank you for getting me the eggs I needed for the incubators.
We have had 20 chicks hatch so far: 5 Dominiques and 15 bantams. Four of
the bantams look like silkies. The children and teachers are so excited
to watch the chickens hatch. Thank you so much for making this possible."
-Michael, School Chick Coordinator, Illinois
just wanted to let you know how the hatch is going. We are in lockdown right
now with 9 eggs. I'm pleased with this many ready for hatch. I feel so attached
to them, and I do feel like their mama. It's crazy."
"I read that bantams can hatch early at day 19/20 even. We are ready regardless.
I've made a brooderbox and even decorated it with some artwork for the babies.
In the incubator are: 1 Silkie, 1 Easter Egger, 3 Splash, 2 Buff Orpington,
2 Bantam Dominique."
"I can't help but feel I should thank you for the experience. It's been
fun, stressful and exciting. My kids have loved seeing the progress too
and can't wait to meet the chickies."
-KaraLynne, Clinton, Ohio
These 2 photos are KaraLynne's daughter, and their lovely, sweet home for
their new chicks. I love it.
Incubate Your Eggs for You
(not heirloom or heritage) hens have been bred to not be broody because
it interferes with egg production. A broody hen is a less productive egg
layer because she does not lay eggs while incubating eggs and raising chicks.
A broody hen is valuable.
"I'm happy to say that 6 chicks hatched on Day
21! (2 Bantam Easter Egger, 2 Bantam Dominique, 2 Bantam Cochin). My broody
hen was very dedicated and did an excellent job. It was a fun experience,
my daughter loved watching a chick hatch!! Super cute at less than a day
old." -Lara, Cary, North Carolina
Successful Hatch by a Broody Hen
On a small
farm broody hens are great. It is much easier to let your hen incubate and
brood chicks (or ducklings) than it is for you to do it. They have a very
high hatch rate.
"I have checked my incubator no less then a dozen
times today! I'm obsessed and just like to peek at them thru the incubator
window. I also am checking the temp and humidity from the sensor I placed
in the machine." -KaraLynne, Clinton, Ohio
57 standard breeds that have Bantams. Some standard-size chickens that have
Bantams: Ameraucana, Ancona, Andalusian, Araucana, Australorp, Barred Plymouth
Rock, Brahma, Campine, Cochin, Delaware, Dorking, Faverolles, Frizzle, Jersey
Giant, Leghorn, New Hampshire Red, Orpington, Polish Crested, Rhode Island
Red, Silkies, Sussex, Welsummer, and Wyandotte.
There are "True" Bantams that do not have a matching standard-size breed:
Belgians, Dutch, Japanese, Pekin, Rosecomb, Sebright, and Serama.
This photo is a standard Dominique rooster on the right and a bantam Dominique
rooster on the left. Both are full-grown adults.
group of Bantam feathers. It's fun having this variety of breeds.
"We got our eggs (Bantams and Dominiques) today,
and they arrived in great shape. My family is really looking forward to
some more Dominiques from your farm. The Bantams will be a lot of fun as
well, and a new experience for the kids. I will let you know how the hatch
goes." -Doug, Jacksonville, North Carolina
6 eggs under my old broody hen Rhody, and 6 in a small homemade incubator
that my husband made for me. I candled all of them on day 10 and I found
only 1 infertile egg that I discarded then. On day 20-21 all the eggs hatched,
5 under my old broody Rhode Island Red, and 6 in the incubator. After a
couple of days I gave the six peeps to my old Rhody also. She is taking
good care of all of them and they are all so... Beautiful together. Thank
you for the eggs." -Nosi, Lutherville, Maryland
In these 4
photos you see chicks going to hide with their 2 moms. I stuck my head in
the cage, and the chicks ran. In the last photo you only see the rear of
2 chicks. Nine chicks are hiding!
Two hens that are friends will raise their chicks together.
about Bantam chickens
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