Minorca Bantam Chicken
The Minorca Bantam Chicken has distinct characteristics of their long strong bodies, large combs, long wattles, large white ear-lobes, large and full tail moderately elevated, with muscular legs set squarely under the solid body.
Characteristics: The bantam version of the Minorca was created in England (the first reasonable bantams being seen at the Crystal Palace show in 1901) but they had a lot of ups and downs with their popularity and then two World Wars. It wasn’t until after the Second World War that they started to finally gain some ground. Almost all bantams are heavier than the standard weight and do not particularly look to be bantam size. Ear lobes on the bantams can be bigger than is specified by the standard.
Minorca Bantam Chickens are long, angular birds that appear larger than they are. They have long taiIs, large wide feathers closely held to narrow bodies. Minorcas have relatively large combs and wattles. Good Minorcas are stately, impressive birds and can give a fair return in eggs, although in recent years they have not been intensively selected for that purpose. They are rather poor meat fowl because of their narrow angular bodies and slow growth. Minorcas rarely go broody, are very alert and fairly good foragers.
- Standard Weights: Male – 1.75 lbs./Female – 1.50 lbs.
- Skin Color: White
- Egg Shell Color: White
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: Mediterranean
Bantams are suitable for smaller backyards as they do not need as much space as other breeds. Bantam hens are also used as laying hens, with some breeds laying up to 150 eggs per year. However, Bantam eggs are only about one-half to one-third the size of a regular hen egg. The Bantam chicken eats the same foods as a normal chicken. In commercial situations they are fed grain-based foods because this is convenient and efficient for the producer. Chickens in the wild eat more insects and vegetation than grains.
In contrast, the Bantam rooster is famous in rural areas throughout the United Kingdom and the United States for its aggressive, “puffed-up” disposition that can be comedic in stature. It is often called a “Banty” in the rural United States.
Many bantam hens are renowned for hatching and brooding. They are very protective mothers and will attack anything that gets near their young.
Bantams do have a higher mortality rate when they are kept as backyard pets. They are easy targets for hawks, cats, foxes, or any other small predator.