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post #791 of 1037 Old 09-05-2013, 06:20 PM
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Does anyone have a suggestion on a very small chicken breed? I am terrified of chickens and we are going to be getting some after we restore our coop. I will be hand raising them from chicks. I know bantams are a small breed but they also have different breeds of bantams as well if I am correct?

To get over my fear I must start off small. My cousins used to chase me with their extremely large rooster, "Arnold Schwarzenegger", he was NOT a nice rooster, especially since he knew I was scared.
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Does anyone have a suggestion on a very small chicken breed? I am terrified of chickens and we are going to be getting some after we restore our coop. I will be hand raising them from chicks. I know bantams are a small breed but they also have different breeds of bantams as well if I am correct?

To get over my fear I must start off small. My cousins used to chase me with their extremely large rooster, "Arnold Schwarzenegger", he was NOT a nice rooster, especially since he knew I was scared.
You might try bantam Cochins. Cochins are one of my favorite breeds because they have such lovely tempers. Not much for egg laying but if you want a sweet, easy chicken, they're good for that. Buff Orpingtons are mellow too.



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Buff Orp in the foreground. The rooster in the background turned into a twit and is no longer with us. Stick with hens only, no roos. They will be much calmer and easier to bond with without a roo to keep them all stirred up.

*** My hens are all full sized birds, but they come in bantam sizes as well. ***

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Does anyone have a suggestion on a very small chicken breed? I am terrified of chickens and we are going to be getting some after we restore our coop. I will be hand raising them from chicks. I know bantams are a small breed but they also have different breeds of bantams as well if I am correct?

To get over my fear I must start off small. My cousins used to chase me with their extremely large rooster, "Arnold Schwarzenegger", he was NOT a nice rooster, especially since he knew I was scared.
Get some Seramas!!!

If I had the ability to keep such wee birds, I would get these!!!

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Those little Seramas are precious. I bet they're rare and expensive in North America plus they would need a pampered life style (if I got them, I would have to cut my lawn a lot shorter or they'd keep getting lost in it).
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I just googled their website. They had one hen advertised for $125 + $60 shipping. That is a bit out of my budget, but they are really cute.

(www.IAMRanch.com is the site that goes with that youtube.)

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Google D'uccles ... they are smaller than the average bantum, and mine were VERY personable!
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post #797 of 1037 Old 09-06-2013, 11:43 AM
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Wow, thank you for the help!! I have fallen in love with the Seramas after that video Allison, what wonderful pets.

I was talking to my cousin last night who shows chickens, he actually has a rooster and a hen that are Seramas. He has the contact information for where he got them from, but they are expensive eggs like pointed out about $80-$100, I think it may be worth it for me though.

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Bantams aren't a breed Fulford, they're just the minis of the chicken world!

You don't have to go small, as some of the larger breeds are very docile. Buff Orps and Cochins are extremely sweet and easy to get along with, even the roos. I have two roos, one Cochin and one Buff Orp, and they're very nice boys. I'm quite smitten with Buford, my Orp roo.

Don't bother with Rhode Island Reds though, as those can be feisty. I have 3 RIR hens and I'm not that fond of their in-your-face attitude. A friend tried to give me a RIR roo and I told her he'd be the first in the freezer, so she found someone else to take him!
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Allison, those little things are so cute!! Is that how big they actually get?! I neeeed one xD
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Those Seramas are freakin' adorable, but wouldn't last a New York minute with my barn cats. They tried stalking the big chickens, but got their butts handed to them!
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