What makes a chicken a bantam?

Bantam chickens come in all small shapes and sizes. The smallest are just a little over a pound and go to as much as three pounds. Miniatures are usually one-fifth to one-fourth to one-quarter the size of the standard breed. In the world of bantam chickens, there are two choices.

How do you tell if a chicken is a bantam?

Bantam chickens are small of chickens. It varies with the breed but a bantam is generally 1/4 to 1/5 the size of the standard sized birds. Bantam isn’t a specific type or breed of chicken, it’s a weight class. Just like in MMA and boxing it’s used to describe the little guys.

How do you tell if a chicken is a pullet?

If you hatch your own chickens, or if you buy straight-run chicks, you’re likely to have some cockerels in with the pullets. The easiest way to determine their sexes is to see if they either crow or lay an egg. If the bird crows, it’s obviously a cockerel. If it lays an egg, it’s a pullet.

What makes a chicken a pullet?

A pullet is a young, adolescent hen.



Pullets are normally somewhere between 16 weeks and 52 weeks old. They have passed through chick-hood, have adult feathers and are in their first year of laying.

Can you have bantams and regular chickens together?

Yes, in most cases you can mix breeds of chicken in your flock. They generally get on very well. You can even include both bantam and large fowl breeds in your flock, if that is what you prefer. In fact, bantams don’t always or even usually end up on the lower end of the pecking order just because they’re smaller.

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