Mini Chickens

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.

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