I always understood that Bantams were generally better setters and generally more gritty or game than the Barred Rock, White Rock, Leghorns, etc. but I didn't know they were ever considered a game bird? Just asking as I really don't / didn't know. I've always liked them personally. What is the history behind these little birds?
Post by Kickingbird on Oct 8, 2004 17:34:17 GMT -5
Basicaly you what you have here is an Urban legend. Everyone on the planet has a granmother that had the bantie rooster that would kick anythings butt that came in the yard and the hens would raise millions of biddies every year.
In reality bantams are just smaller versions of standard fowl. There are bantam rocks, leghorns, langshangs, phoenix, ect, ect. They are just smaller versions of their standard counter part.
Bantams can be "game" bred (for pit fighting) but most are not. More bantam breeds will set eggs more regularly than their larger cousins because the standard beeds have been bred to NOT SET. Broodieness (willingness to sit on eggs) is genetic and can be bred out of any line of birds.
One thing is for certian is that the bantams are extremely popular and very cute
Well this is me in a nutshell and I think you know this Mark. I LIKE and will take a game bred animal over anything else in its species. To me, its closer to what I like to think of as the raw creation of that animal. I don't stand for or against... because what I do is MY choice, I won't make someone else's decisions. So from what you've told me regarding the Bantam chickens... I'd personally prefer those that were game bred rather than the run of the mill looker etc. Sure, I like pretty... but doesn't everybody though?
I don't know, like I said... I'm sorta new to chickens kinda. Everything is just a hobby to me... if its something that is carved in stone... I don't want anything to do with it for the most part. When someone or something makes rules that are unbending its time to decide whether what those making the rules want and what you want is really the same thing or not? I like underdogs... they can improve where everything else generally can't. So when something that isn't supposed to do well... does... now thats precious, whether its for show or ability... you have to tip your hat. I don't know all the breeding aspects for getting this or that... I'm hoping to learn some of that here. And I think you're right, I never personally saw a Bantam chicken that was really anything more than any other barnyard chicken, but I definitely haven't seen it all by any means. If the Bantams Are good setters, and If they were nothing other than that ( just an extreme example for instance ) then that in itself would to me possibly make them valuable For that reason. Like that old saying... the grass is greener on the other side of the fence especially when it has something valuable that the other side doesn't have in it.
Good god I'm tired... I've lost my own train of thought on this! LOL! Just got home from work... need to sleep. I hope you all will keep posting, I need the teaching... I'd like to know more about them all. I like knowing even the little differences between the breeds. (Here is a question... are they different Breeds or are they just different Types?)