I put out a little video yesterday about the progress of our Bantam Chickens at Nine Mile Farm. I just love the personality of these pint sized chickens and they are coming along nicely. Someone asked this question in the comments section…
Why bantams and not full size chickens? They are small and lay small eggs. I would think that they would be best for someone with limited space?
It is a totally reasonable question. There are really two angles in it though. One is some reality, they do lay smaller eggs and they are good for someone with limited space and my space is not really limited. The other angle though is a lack of understanding of the inherent value of these smaller birds beyond hiding a small flock from HOA Karen and her ilk. They just have a LOT going for them.
This made me realize that while I have talked about bantams in shows in the past I have never done an episode dedicated to them. Really 2700 plus episodes over 12 years and the little chickens have never gotten one dedicated to them, well let’s fix that today.
Join Me Today to Discuss
- Let’s start with how livestock collides with lifestyle design, all choices have positives and negatives
- Fun and entertainment
- Food production
- Waste processing
- Potential Income
- Input expense and sourcing
- Husbandry requires time
- Makes travel harder
- Impact on your land
- Impact on neighbors
- Cold and hot weather concerns
- The beauty of bantams
- Great personalities (rooster complex issues though)
- Small eggs cook really nicely
- Two eggs make one egg for larger needs
- You can have more, hence greater is the “two is one, one is none”
- Very happy with coop and run arrangements
- Very suited to being let out in the evening only from coop and run
- Happy to process waste
- Lots of income potential though not like you think
- Well suited to partial automation of care
- The down side
- Culls are small for meat production
- Not that aggressive with waste processing
- Can be more subject to predators (especially hawks)
- Become pet like, makes culling harder
- Some thoughts I have on having a good experience
- Infrastructure first
- Don’t become a collector (at least not in the first season)
- Design the system into your life and property
- Enjoy them for what they are, often better than TV
- Don’t put them on lights for higher production
- Come up with an egg storage plan
- Final Thoughts – They are one of the easiest of all critters to care for.
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