QI’m considering keeping a flock of bantams, are there any considerations beyond those for keeping large fowl.
AAndy Cawthray says: Due to their size bantam fowl can be kept in a much smaller space than large fowl and they can make an excellent choice for the average sized back garden. Many of the breeds are perfect for children too, ideally suited for small hands, and if a docile breed is selected they can make superb pets and a great introduction to chicken keeping. The hen house size obviously can be smaller, and feeding stations and drinkers can also be smaller which, in turn, makes for a more affordable hobby. Attention, though, should be paid to the perches and nest boxes within the house as these do need to be reduced in size if the birds are to be comfortable in their home.
The more flighty breeds will most certainly need a roofed in run as they are very capable of taking to the wing and reaching the upper most branches of a tree. Due to their shorter stature the ground conditions need to managed slightly different and ideally should be kept as dry as possible. Breeds such as the Japanese bantams, with their short legs, can mean wet conditions quickly result in the fouling of the breast feathers, whereas muddy ground will soon mat the feathering of feather footed varieties like the Booted bantam.
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