The Little Banties


I keep meaning to post about my new little banties and forgetting! When I hatched out my first batch of chickens lo those four years ago now, I had two little banties, a rooster and a hen. I still have the little red banty roo, but the hen was killed a few years ago by a raccoon. Which met its due demise as a result. A few weeks ago, Adam (my hired man) was working out here with his dad, Gary, one day and Gary took a hankering to one of my silver-laced Wyandotte hens. He asked if I would trade him one hen for three banties. I agreed and the next day he brought a banty roo (black and white) and two hens, one black and the other a tan/gold mix (pictured above). I think she is the prettiest. So now I have four little banties running around like tiny birds here on the farm. They’re cute as they can be. Not worth much for eggs because they lay such tiny eggs. But cute!

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Posted by Suzanne McMinn on September 21, 2012  

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  1. 9-21

    Banty eggs make the cutest lil one bite deviled eggs :-)

  2. 9-21

    Banties make the best moms! Worth their weight in gold for hatching out new chicks from any hen you want to reproduce from! <3

  3. 9-21

    I agree, I save them for deviled eggs….my little great niece ( who is 3 ) loves them because they are “just her size to eat”. :heart:

  4. 9-21

    I’ve have mostly banties, Silkies of all colors and D’uccles of all colors! I do have five big hens for eggs, but the banties are so much fun and so cute. My silkies will hatch any type of egg they can get. And they do make the cutest deviled eggs!

  5. 9-21

    A friend sells banty eggs as diet eggs, and charges more for them! They make individual breakfast sandwiches look very pretty. You know they can fly about 12 feet high, right? :chicken:

  6. 9-21

    My grandmother had a banty hen and I LOVED those eggs when I was a kid–just my size. You probably could get more for those eggs since they are just kid-sized and would make a reluctant egg eater gooble their “special” egg up or make any kid feel special.

    Are you planning a hen house and encourage the hens to lay their eggs there? (Finding banty eggs in the yard or barn might be a particular challenge since they are so small.) Also are you planning on allowing your hens to hatch some of their eggs?

  7. 9-21

    Banties are so cute! Mom and Dad had some when I was a little girl – I can still remember those golden yolked eggs :chicken:

  8. 9-21

    I know quail eggs sold around here in the supermarket are tres expensive! Little Banty eggs would serve the purpose of smallish devile eggs and their shells would not be as thick and hard to peel as quail eggs. One question: do the bigger breeds pick on the smaller ones? Just curious, as I know chickens in general (in my experience…when my parents had them) would always go after the weaker ones.

  9. 9-21

    I noticed your little banties running around at the Party – so cute! I thought they were even smaller than the banties I remembered my father in law keeping. I too wonder if they get picked on by the bigger hens?

  10. 9-21

    Thanks for the chicken update. I have missed the Fowl Report.

  11. 9-21

    I can attest to how cute they are! And yours are tinier than any others I have seen. The golden feathered one was giving me a talking to as I was petting the goats. I kept trying to pet it, but it would dance just out of my reach LOL.

  12. 9-22

    She is pretty!
    We (everyone under the age of 40, and maybe even those 40 and up, lol) love those at my house for ‘lil deviled eggs.

  13. 9-23

    Don’t worry about the banties around the big chickens. The only banties I ever knew belonged to my brother-in-law and I can tell you from personal experience that banty roos are very brave and very fool-hardy. As soon as he accepts his little harem, he will defend them to the death. Or at least until a smack with a water pail. ;)

  14. 9-27

    I have a question, do you lose a lot of your chickens to other bird predators? We have 6 chickens and the very first time I let them out of their coop a hawk tried to take one… with me in the field not less than 100′ away. I scared it off and it dropped my chicken who was scared to death but survived. I am too scared to let them out becuase I dont want hawks or other birds to take them.

    Also, I agree, your new banties are very cute!

  15. 9-27

    Stacey, I do lose chickens to predators, but not in front of me, ever. Usually at night, and usually the ones who refuse to go back into the chicken house.

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