Jersey Giant Bantam Chicken
Developed in New Jersey in 1870s. They have the same shape and color descriptions as the standard breed. Jersey Giant Bantam Chicken featherless legs are black with a green sheen apart from the White variety, which are of a dark willow shade, but the undersides of the feet are yellow unlike the Australorps, which has white soles. The eyes are dark brown and they have a single bright red comb, long wattles and ear lobes.
Characteristics: They are Robust and very cold hardy. Adaptable to confinement or free range. calm, gentle, more easily handled.
- Standard Weights: Cock-38 oz; Hen-34 oz; Cockerel-34 oz; Pullet-30 oz.
- Varieties: Black, White, Blue
- Skin Color: Yellow
- Egg Shell Color: Brown
- Use: Exhibition
- Origin: USA
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.