If you look in the grocery store, everything seems to come in mini sizes as well as regular size. From the 100 calorie snack packs, to mini squash, carrots, zucchini . . . mini things appeal to people.
I’ve got some mini chickens, or bantams, as they are called, and let me tell you, they are sooooooo cute, that if I couldn’t keep all my chickens (I have 33) and I had to choose, I’m afraid most of them would be my minis.
Bantams are miniature chickens, and nearly every type of regular sized chicken has a bantam equivalent ( I have a few silkies that only come in bantam size, though). A bantam is 1/4th to 1/5th the size of a regular chicken of the same breed, needs less space and food than a full size bird, and lays an egg 1/2 to 1/3 the size of a full size bird.
Bantams come with a slightly sweeter disposition than regular chicken (I think). Maybe because people fuss over them because they are so tiny.
Here’s an example of the difference in egg size:
And here’s an example of their size difference — the one on the right (black and white) is a silver laced cochin, and on the left (black and white and brown) is a mille fleur bantam.
Bantams are great if you just want a few eggs a week, because you combine 2-3 bantam eggs per regular sized egg for recipes, etc. Bantams are also good if someone in your family likes mini sized things. Imagine a tiny hard boiled egg for breakfast. They are sooooooooo — no I won’t say it. Adorable.