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Thinking of keeping poultry? So how about bantams instead of chickens? Blogger, smallholder and poultry enthusiast Katy Runacres presents the case



Lots of people barely know of or discuss bantams when thinking about utilising their back garden, allotment or smallholding. Yet they can be highly advantageous and productive for the keen gardener or homesteader.

Firstly, what are bantams? Bantams are basically, in laymen’s terms, a half-sized chicken. They are the toddler of the poultry world. Bantams are a small, condensed, compact size chicken which come in many different breeds and types. Bantams can have as much character and charm as a full-size chicken and can be highly useful to the gardener.

In this article, I hope to share some tips and information about this fascinating and brilliant addition to the garden or allotment. Beginners and expert poultry keepers can keep bantams and they can produce fresh eggs for the whole family.

Bantam chicks can be raised from eggs using an adoptive broody bantam mother
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In this month's issue of Kitchen Garden ... - £2814 Worth of garden goodies to be won - Get the buzz for heavier harvests 6 easy ways to bigger pickings - A taste of summer with courgettes, cherries and beetroot - Make crumbly compost in just 4 weeks! - The future of seeds post-prexit - 25 crops that sow themselves - The secret of keeping Bantams - Garden cleaning products on test - Grow a great lawn - Cauliflowers made easy