How To Raise Bantams
Bantams are a good way to get into the world of raising chickens. A bantam chicken can be a variety of different colours and they have individual personalities which has made bantams very popular as pets. A bantam hatching eggs produces quite small eggs which means bantams for sale are most often intended for meat or for pets. Read on to find out more about bantams and how to find bantams for sale. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
- The first step to raising bantam chickens is to find some bantams for sale . You can also search around any local farms or hatcheries for bantams for sale. Special bantams such as the smaller Pekin bantams may cost you more money.
- When you first bring the bantams home, keep them in a dry and enclosed environment for a few days. This will get them used to their new home and it will ensure that they know where their roost is and always return to it.
- Bantam chickens, like all animals require plenty of clean water and it should be kept away from their roost. Bantams also require a tray of hardwood ashes so that they can keep themselves clean and parasite free. This should be cleaned regularly. Like all chickens, bantams need plenty of grit to aid their digestion system. Regular chicken feed is fine for bantams.
- All bantams, including Pekin bantams are very broody and the hens will want to play plenty of eggs and set on them. If you want chicks, give the bantam hatching eggs plenty of space. Bantam chickens are so broody that it is not uncommon to find a bantam hatching eggs that aren’t hers. The incubation period for bantam eggs is roughly 3 weeks.
- After 21 days or so you can watch the bantam hatching eggs. The bantam chicks will peck their own way out of the eggs. Bantam chicks will keep peeping for a month or so to ensure that their mother doesn’t peck at them.
- Once the baby bantams have hatched make sure you give them specialist chick feed and clean water. Bantam chicks won’t eat straight away but once they start they eat lot.
- Bantams are very good mothers and the hens have a very high success rate when it comes to looking after bantam chicks. Bantams, both male and female are very protective of the bantam chicks.
- All types of bantam from the small Pekin Bantam to regular bantams make good pets. The more time you spend with them the more you will notice their quirks. Bantams have quite distinctive personalities and are very communicative.