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Q: What are bantam chickens?

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Bantams chickens are miniature chickens. Regular-sized chickens are often called "standards," but in reality the correct term for the larger chickens is "large fowl."

Generally speaking, bantam versions of large fowl breeds tend to be 1/3 to 1/2 the size of the larger birds. Below you see two cochins, one a bantam and the other alarge fowl cochin.

bantam cochin and large fowl cochin

But even bantams vary in size. The tiniest seramas might weight just a few ounces, while larger bantams may weight more than two pounds. Put a Serama beside a Silkie, for example, and the Silkies look like large fowl!

bantam silkie and tiny bantam serama

"True bantams" are chickens which don't have a "large fowl" version, such as d'Uccles or Sebrights.