When you're looking for pet chickens for your family, don't forget the bantam varieties. There are lots of kid favorite bantams! If high production egg laying is not your top priority, there is plenty to recommend these little cuties. While the eggs laid by bantams will typically smaller than the eggs of large fowl varieties, there's something about the adorable little eggs that they do lay that appeals to kids (imagine tiny little devilled eggs). [caption id="attachment_6624" align="alignnone" width="550"] Size comparison: bantam chicken on left, and large fowl chicken on right.[/caption] What's very cool is that many kid favorite bantams look very little like regular old "boring" chickens--or they have beautiful plumages that really make them stand out! When raised with affection, chickens are as friendly as cats or dogs. And for those allergic to "regular" pets, chickens make a great alternative... and bantams in particular take up little space. There are a ton of benefits to keeping chickens, no matter their size (and if you can manage to adopt rescue hens, there are even more benefits).