Poultry – Consider Raising Bantam Chickens
Raising bantam chickens is something you consider if you are thinking about keeping a flock of chickens in your backyard. They are one of the best backyard chicken breeds to raise if you want to raise chickens that are smaller in size.
The great thing about raising bantam chickens is that they are a lot smaller than other chicken breeds which means they need less room than your average chicken. You can usually keep 2 or 3 bantams in the same space that you would need for one larger chicken. Because they are smaller, they also cost less to feed.
Be warned though, because while all chickens can “fly” to some degree, the bantam chicken can fly a lot better due to it’s small size. So, unless you want your small chickens to be roaming about, they will need a fully enclosed pen.
While the smaller size of the Bantam makes them a popular choice to keep in your backyard, it can be a drawback too. Because these small fowl only weigh a fraction of what a larger fowl bird does, they are much easier for smaller predators, like crows and other small birds to take. It is essential that they have a safe enclosure to keep them safe from these types of animals that would kill them.
Mix and Match Your Flock
They come in a variety of colors and fancy feathers. They are very curious and friendly which is a major consideration if you want backyard chickens that will interact with your family. You can add a few bantams to your flock of larger chickens too without any problems. Raising bantam chickens can provide great variety in your backyard flock.
The bottom line is that before you buy any chickens for your backyard, know what you want them for. If you want a lot of eggs, then the bantam chicken is probably not for you. If you are looking for a lively, fun backyard pet, then raising bantam chickens is a great idea!
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