Monday, July 29, 2013
These chicks were all hatched from eggs that we gathered from
the various pens. These are purebred bantams (small sized) and
are used as 4-H projects. These are exotic birds. Yes, you can
eat them if you have too many or if for some reason, you can
not show them (crooked toes, wrong color, etc). They are what
hobby farmers call "yard art on feet". Some people buy them
at poultry auctions to add a little color to their yards. Because
they are small, even when grown, they have a tendency to be
very tough to eat unless you use them to make soup.
There are also other chickens that are called large fowl because
they are bigger but just as pretty. Most of these are not used
for egg production. Those are another totally different chicken.
So, to put it all in simple terms, you have
1. Bantam-small, colorful, made to look at but not to eat.
2. Large fowl-larger, just as colorful, can be eaten but may be tough.
3. Egg production-breeds that are normally used just for that.
4. Meat production-broilers, and other heavy breeds only meant
If you all are confused, consider this. Looks aren't everything! LOL!