Thursday, April 14, 2011
San got the bantams moved into the regular chicken pen this evening and I got the locks on the gates.
There is a gently rain falling in the ozarks this evening. time is 10:15. I took a nap and just woke so I will be awake for a while.
Dutch Silver Bantam Image:The-Coop.org
What are Bantam Chickens?
Bantam chickens have been domesticated for centuries. In fact, they are one of the oldest known domestic animals. Marco Polo wrote about banties in his journal. While all bantams are chickens, not all chickens are banties.
What is the difference? The Bantam is a small breed overall. Some bantams have been bred from "normal sized chickens" to retain the characteristics of the breed in a smaller size. Others are as they have been for centuries, totally unique. All bantams are smaller than regular chickens and they share some unique personality traits. People who raise bantams say that they have more personality than chickens do, are more able to care for themselves, and find more of their own food. They seem to keep the grasshopper population down better than other types of poultry. Because they are small they are easier to keep in an urban area and so they are a great way for city and suburb "farmers" to achieve self sufficiency.
This is a short article about banties I found on the web.