How Much Do Bantam Chickens Cost?
Bantam chickens, also known as banties, have been domesticated for centuries and are in fact one of the oldest known domestic animals. While all bantams are chickens, not all chickens are bantams. The term “bantam” refers to a small variety of poultry, especially chickens. The etymology of the name bantam is from the city of Bantam, which was once a major seaport in Indonesia. The Bantam is a miniature breed overall or the smaller version of most normal breeds. Some bantams have been produced from “regular sized chickens” to preserve the traits of the breed. While the Bantam chicken feeds on the same food types as the ordinary chicken, they are considered faster than their bigger counterparts.
How much is it?
- The cost of banties depends on a variety of factors including the sex (females are more expensive than males) and how rare the breed is. The average price for one is going to be anywhere from $3-7 per chicken.
- According to PurelyPoultry.com, A Buff Orpungton Bantam costs $3 to $6. A Blue Andalustan Bantam can cost upwards of $8 to $13. A Malaysian Serama may cost $5 to $7. A Vorwerk can cost as much as $10 to $15.
- Most suppliers are going to ship the chicks in a quantity of 25, 50, 75, etc. For a pack of 50 chicks, you may pay anywhere from $90 to $150. The cost significantly goes down as more are purchased. This is ideal for many farmers who plan on raising them from birth.
What are the extra costs?
- Primary needs will include food for the animals. Chickens have no teeth so they swallow their food whole. In the zoo they are fed Triple Duty, a poultry mash, and scratch feed containing oat and cracked corn. You may want to follow a similar feeding program to keep food costs low.
- Raising banties will require vaccinations such as the Mareks and Coccidiosis Vaccination. This will ensure that the chickens are in good health.
- Some farmers as well as buyers may want to trim the bird’s beak.
- Shipping and possibly handling may cost extra depending on the seller.
- A shelter is another necessity. You may need to purchase cages and/or coops depending on how many chickens you are going to purchase. You will also need the materials needed to put up a fine mesh wire for fencing, etc.
- At night you can just lock your banties in to keep predators at bay. During the day, however, in cases when no one can look after your breed of banties, an electric wire at the top and bottom of the fence is needed to protect the chickens from wild animals.
What is going to be included?
- Most sellers are going to ship the chicks/chicken via the United Postal Service. Many package them so that they can last 2-3 days.
- Some sellers may include special start up packages that may include a week’s worth of feed and more.
- Vaccinations may be included. If they are, check with the seller to receive the appropriate paperwork.
How can I save money?
- Purchase the chickens in bulk from a reputable buyer. When you do, you are going to want to ensure that you purchase as many as possible. The more you purchase, the more you are going to be able to save per chicken.
- Try purchasing from a local farmer because not only are you helping your local economy, you can save on overall shipping fees. Many chicks that are shipped can be killed in the process.