Bantam Chicken

Basic Information:

Scientific Name: Ayam kate

Habitat: Bantam chickens refer to any small breed of fowl. While originating from South East Asia, today Bantam chickens can be found all around the world.

Diet: Bantam chickens eat grains, greens, insects, and other foods that all domestic chickens eat. 

Size: 0.7 to 1.9 feet tall / 1 to 2 feet long

Weight: 2.9 to 4 pounds

Lifespan: 5 to 7 years (up to 15 years)

Distribution Map:

I.U.C.N. Conservation Status:

What does this mean?

Least Concern – a species determined by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) to be pervasive, abundant, and thriving.

About Bantam Chickens:

While the word “Bantam” originally comes from the Indonesian seaport of Bantam, in this circumstance it is a word given to any small species of fowl. Bantam chickens in particular grew in popularity among European sailors looking to restock their food supplies while in Southeast Asia. The small size of the chickens allowed sailors to fit larger numbers of this bird onto their ships. Today, you can find Bantam chickens in many parts of the world where people want to have chickens but have limited space to house them.

Did You Know?!

  • There are over 400 birds that are considered to be Bantam by the American Bantam Association.
  • Bantam chicken eggs are typically about half the size of an average chicken egg.

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