Acquired: Breeder (non-professional, hobby breeder)
Lebanon, Missouri, United States
Posted Jul 20, 2015
Belgium Bantam chickens can be a real pain to have around the farm, but they do have their place and they earn it.
The Bantam hens are constantly trying to set on the other hens' eggs, regardless of breed, which is really okay because not all hens want to set them, and if there are a few Bantam hens around, there will always be one walking around the farm with a brood under her wings. She is extremely protective of the young, even if they are not hers.
Bantams have little meat on their bones which makes them hardly worth their keep, except for the one main job that each, the male and female perform. While the hens are running around the farm looking for nests to take over, the males are on continuous lookout for predators, making them invaluable to have around. One male per farm, no more, or they will fight without rest. Bantam roosters will attack and kill snakes, rodents and small critters, and alert the hens and even the farmer if anything dangerous should be about.
Sometimes a bantam rooster will become quite ferocious with its owner, spurring and pecking, causing serious wounds. Often the rooster will pick a favorite of its owners, perhaps the man of the house, or the lady, and will outright ignore the favorite, and attack everyone else that steps foot on the farm. When this becomes the case, there's nothing to do but put it in the stewpot. Bantam roosters are quite tough and take a good deal of slow stewing to make them palatable.
For protection of the hens, there is none better than the Bantam rooster. For care of the chicks, no hen can compare with the bantam hen. However, there are many,many better breeds of chicken that are better egg producers, meat producers, and superior in temperament.
I suggest trying out a couple of Bantam hens and a rooster, along with your more domestic breeds and see if they work out for you on your farm.