Assorted non-feather legged bantams

Assorted bantams

(sometimes called 'banty') is a term for miniature poultry, especially chickens. Bantams are usually miniaturized versions of standard sized breeds, with most breeds of chickens having a bantam counterpart. A bantam variety is about one-fifth to one-quarter the size of it's larger counterpart, but are expected to exhibit the same characteristics as the standard breed. {C

A bantam without a regular sized counterpart that is naturally small is called a true bantam.


Bantams are usually considered faster and spunkier than larger chickens, and can usually fly greater distances due to their reduced weight. Bantams have become increasingly popular as pets as well as for show purposes because they are smaller and have more varied and exotic colors and feather patterns than other chickens.

Golden Sebright bantam rooster

A Golden Sebright bantam rooster

Barred rock bantam

Barred Rock bantam hen

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