"Bantam" chickens are smaller or miniature chickens. They range in size from a medium size bird, just slightly smaller than the standard size to a very small bird just larger than a coke can in body size.
Most Bantams are miniature versions of large or standard size fowl. However there are a few that are considered "true bantams" or bantams that dont have standard size counterparts.
Above is a Partridge Wyandotte
Below is one of my Rhode Island Red
Below is a lighter colored Nankin Roster, straight comb
Below is a darker Nankin rooster, with straight comb.
Nankin Bantam Hen. They are sweet natured birds, great moms and great to have around.
Bantams typically lay a small egg every other day rather than every day such as a standard layer would do and are kept mainly for thier potential as a show chicken at various fairs or just for the person who maybe just likes to have these little birds around.
(Nankin Rose Comb bantam's colors)
Although I have raised a wide variety of bantam chickens in the past at this time I raise only a few breeds of bantam. The Rhode Island Red Bantam, the Nankin Bantam, Partrdige Wyandotte Bantam and the Brassy Back Old English Bantam.
A bantam Rhode Island Red Hen