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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 3:51 pm 
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I am in the process of trying to work out what breeds I want to keep with a view to selling fertile eggs and pullets. When I look around the Melbourne area at people selling their eggs and chicks/pullets I see a lot of Bantams on offer.

I am interested to understand why Bantams are popular. Do people prefer them for smaller backyards? Are they rarer so they are sold to other breeders? Any opinions would be most appreciated!

Thanks in advance! :-D


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 4:27 pm 
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They lay a good size egg relative to the size of the bird. Much better ratio than most large birds. So, while you get a bigger egg from a bigger bird they’re not waaay bigger than a bantam egg. Also, as bantams are smaller you can keep more of them in a given space, compared to large birds. And large birds dig up your garden more. :)

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 16, 2018 7:56 pm 
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Also generally they eat less and are better for smaller yards.


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:15 am 
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Thank you both! That's very helpful :)


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 31, 2018 4:03 pm 
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They are also easier to manage and handle. Picking them up is easier. It can be better for children who are keeping them as pets. The difference in feed cost is significant too.

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