To understand the best way of raising bantam chickens, you must understand what bantam chickens are, their needs and what makes them different from other chickens. Bantam chickens have been domesticated for thousands of years and it is believed they were among the first animals to be domesticated. Their small size and unique features characterize them. Some bantams have been able to retain their unique characteristics, but others have been bred from other chickens for a variety of reasons such as for bigger or smaller eggs, for brown or white eggs, for more draught resistance, etc.
People who have experiences with bantam chickens claim that they can take care of themselves better than normal chicken such as finding food, and that they have more personality and seem brighter than normal chickens. for this reason, bantam chickens are used in rural areas where there is a problem with grasshoppers and they are among the top choice for city and suburb chicken raisers. when raising these birds, it is important to note that they do well in small social groups. for this reason, they are prime candidates for chicken tractors.
One thing to note when raising bantam chickens are that they are small, which makes them easy prey for predators such as foxes, raccoons, cats and flying predators such as the red-tailed hawk. To prevent the problem of predators the chicken run should have a perimeter wire mesh that is buried about a foot underground so that the predators do not burrow their way into the run and coop. To protect them from the problem of flying predators, a wire mesh net should cover the chicken run. this has the added advantages of preventing the chickens from flying out of the run and preventing other birds that would compete for food getting in.
Bantam chickens need clean fresh water always, and since they are very curious creatures, they usually put dirt in the waterer very quickly. To remedy this situation, you should design the waterer in such a way that this can be avoided. Bantams do not have any special requirements when it comes to feeding.
When it comes to housing your bantams it is wise to take note that their combs are susceptible to frostbite, therefore it is advisable to make sure that your coop is weather proof and a proper heating system is put in place especially during the winter months.
Because of the bantam’s small size, they do need special care, its important not to place them among other chicken breeds, as they are likely to be pecked. this is known as the pecking order.
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