Here at Chicken Yard, you have probably guessed that we are eggstremely passionate about Chickens and helping you learn about raising them.
At Chicken Yard, we strive to teach our readers about proper chicken care, housing, egg laying and the many different breeds available.
We have all grown up learning about chickens from a young age, and we already know that a female chicken is a hen, a male is a rooster and so on, and so forth.
There are so many different types of chickens, from chooks to pullets, to cockerels, and chicks.
But have you ever heard of a banty chicken?
A banty chicken is not a term that everyone has become accustomed to. However, a Banty Chicken is not a name for a special, crazy or wild chicken, but simply another name for a Bantam Chicken.
Banty or Bantam chickens are still unique, as they are generally small breeds of chicken that are easy to care for, full of personality and cute little backyard animals.
A Bantam Chicken is just a term used to describe a smaller or miniature type of normal chicken. They can also be a breed or type of chicken. These ‘banty’ chickens are typically either a quarter or half the size of a regular chicken.
In general terms, banty chickens are basically the smaller counterpart of a larger chicken.They can occur as a result of being bred by mankind from regular chickens to be smaller, or are born naturally from bantam breeds.
Confused yet? Let’s take it a step further and look at the types of bantam chickens.
Types of banty chickens
Other than man-bred banty chickens, there are such things as true Bantam chickens, that are naturally small or mini sized and do not have a larger equivalent.
These are naturally occurring small chickens with no breeding by mankind. True bantam chickens come from Sebright, Nankin, and Rosecomb breeds.
Some of the most popular ‘true’ bantam chickens are called Barbu D’Uccle. It has no larger counterpart, and has been an integral bantam breed since the early 1900s.
There are also miniaturized banty chickens. These are the mini-me or micro sort of versions of regular, larger breeds that have been made or bred from normal sized chickens.
Finally, we have bred, developed banty chickens. These are smaller breeds that have been developed to be small, with a little help from breeders.
The most popular Bantam chickens originate from Japan, Belgium and Pekin (Cochin) chickens.
Where do banty chickens come from?
The original banty chicken is derived from the Bantam chickens from the seaport of Java, Indonesia.
These were very small birds and chickens that could be easily transported and imported by ships as an Indonesian export.
The name is believed to have been taken from the Banten Province in Indonesia, which has simply lost its spelling and pronunciation over time!
What are banty chickens like?
Banty chickens or mini chickens are highly popular and have become all the rage for both urban and suburban chicken keepers. They are roughly half the size of standard chickens or sometimes even a third or quarter of the size of a regular chicken.
The banty chicken, also known as the bantam chicken is the perfect backyard bird to keep because of its small size and variety of beautiful colors and breeds. They are often very docile, friendly and make terrific pets.
Despite their small size, these chickens can be fun, and fantastic additions to your flock. These types of chickens can often weigh just a little more than a pound, and can sometimes only be around a foot tall.
Banty chickens are often beautiful creatures with some delicate and pretty features. They can be very very small, but, cluckily for them, they are mighty. Bantam chickens can be incredibly tough, strong willed and will live just as long if not longer than a regular chickens.
Banty chickens can even produce their own eggs. Just like with banty chickens, their eggs are also sometimes half the size of a standard chicken egg.
For a multitude of reasons, banty or Bantam chickens can make perfect pets! They can have their own little personalities and sometimes love to cuddle up with their humans. If raised from a chick, then they can be very loving and caring towards their owners.
Some banty chicken breeds can also be very cute animals. For example, the Silkie bantam chicken is cute, fluffy and has a very sweet temperament and nature. They love to be handled and are easily caught because of their small size.
How to look after banty chickens
Banty chickens are a popular breed of chicken that you can keep in the backyard as they are relatively easy to look after. Banty chickens are in most cases, far easier to care for than regular chickens.
However, they do take just as much care and love to rear happy, healthy banty chickens.
They take up much less space for one thing, and eat far littler meals. These types of chickens will have the same nutritional requirements as regular chickens. However, they will obviously need far less amounts due to their tiny exterior.
Looking after banty chickens instead of regular chickens can mean that there is much more space, and no more cramped or miserable chickens.
Generally speaking, you can keep 2 or 3 banty chickens in the space that you would normally keep one normal chicken. In this sense, banty chickens are often the breed of choice when it comes to limited space, or for people wishing to keep chickens in urban areas.
By keeping chickens happy and healthy, you can ensure that you get lots of lovely eggs. Keeping chickens cooped up and cramped can make them depressed or frustrated. This will mean that they will not lay any eggs for you.
In addition, the small nature of the banty chicken will put it at a much higher risk of hypothermia, especially in colder climates.
As bantam chickens are small and petite, they will need extra protection from bad weather and harsh elements.
In this sense, to keep banty chickens healthy and safe, you will have to keep their coop well insulated, warm, and free of any drafts. They will also require more feeding throughout the winter months or weather, in order to keep them thriving against the elements.
In another way, banty chickens are at much greater risk of being attacked by predators as they are small and can easily be picked off by attacks.
As they are so small, they can be carried away by birds of prey such as eagles or hawks because they are lightweight and easy to pick up from above.
This makes them easy targets for predators, but also against larger chicken breeds that may bully them.
Smaller bantam chickens can be picked, or shall we say pecked on by regular, larger chickens. To avoid this, it is best to raise bantam chickens and regular chickens from chicks together. This way, they will learn to get along and treat each other as equals.
Why keep banty chickens?
Banty chickens are most loved for their small, cute exterior. They are much tinier than regular chickens and so can be kept in much smaller spaces, or in backyards that have limited space.
Banty chickens are adored for their cuteness. Don’t we all love miniature animals, whether it is micro pigs, dogs or chickens.
Their small size and cute personalities make them easy to care for and work great as pets.
They are child friendly and easy to handle, so can be the perfect first animal to learn how to rear them.
What is even better about banty chickens is that they can even provide tasty eggs! They may be a little bit smaller, but no less fresh or flavorful.