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I'm considering replacing my EE's with Bantams. I'm just not wild about the look and green eggs are ok but I'd rather have some smaller birds. I may keep a couple but I'm thinking about selling most of them, replacing them with some good laying Bantams. Qualities that I want in my ideal Bantam would be large egg and frequent layer, not broody, tolerates heat, preferably brown eggs.
Any suggestions?

OEGBs, Three Egyptian Fayoumis, Two Silver Leghorns, 2 Sicilian Buttercups, 2 Golden Penciled Hamburgs, EEs,production reds, Cornish Xs and red broilers,a Doberman, a teenaged chihuahua and a papillon, one TB gelding (rescue), and my matriarch Paint mare with her daughter and son (gelding), plus one wonderful husband who puts up with me
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OEGBs, Three Egyptian Fayoumis, Two Silver Leghorns, 2 Sicilian Buttercups, 2 Golden Penciled Hamburgs, EEs,production reds, Cornish Xs and red broilers,a Doberman, a teenaged chihuahua and a papillon, one TB gelding (rescue), and my matriarch Paint mare with her daughter and son (gelding), plus one wonderful husband who puts up with me
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post #2 of 21
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No recommendations, at all? I was thinking bantam welsummers, RIR, Leghorns. I'm surprised nobody has recommendations for good laying bantams. I mean, they're smaller, eat less, hardy, good foragers and so cute.
I love bantams, plus, the LF that I plan to keep are all about 3.5 pounds or smaller, so I figured the Bantams would fit right in. Although, I hate that you have to buy straight run.

OEGBs, Three Egyptian Fayoumis, Two Silver Leghorns, 2 Sicilian Buttercups, 2 Golden Penciled Hamburgs, EEs,production reds, Cornish Xs and red broilers,a Doberman, a teenaged chihuahua and a papillon, one TB gelding (rescue), and my matriarch Paint mare with her daughter and son (gelding), plus one wonderful husband who puts up with me
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OEGBs, Three Egyptian Fayoumis, Two Silver Leghorns, 2 Sicilian Buttercups, 2 Golden Penciled Hamburgs, EEs,production reds, Cornish Xs and red broilers,a Doberman, a teenaged chihuahua and a papillon, one TB gelding (rescue), and my matriarch Paint mare with her daughter and son (gelding), plus one wonderful husband who puts up with me
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post #3 of 21

My guess would be that a small bantam chicken would lay a small bantam size egg.   But I don't even have chickens yet, so what do I know? 

On the home page of BYC, look under the Learning Center for the link to Chicken Breeds.  On the next page, pick the first item - CHICKEN BREED INDEX.  Once you open the Chicken Breeds index and can see the database - you can click on the BREED SIZE title and it will sort all the breeds, with the bantam on top.

It is really a cool site, and gives a picture of the chicken breed as well as size, egg laying, typical temperment, hardiness, and more.

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Originally Posted by wyoDreamer 

My guess would be that a small bantam chicken would lay a small bantam size egg.   But I don't even have chickens yet, so what do I know? 

On the home page of BYC, look under the Learning Center for the link to Chicken Breeds.  On the next page, pick the first item - CHICKEN BREED INDEX.  Once you open the Chicken Breeds index and can see the database - you can click on the BREED SIZE title and it will sort all the breeds, with the bantam on top.

It is really a cool site, and gives a picture of the chicken breed as well as size, egg laying, typical temperment, hardiness, and more.


Here is proof against that assumption..
From Left to right, Bantam Cochin Egg, Bantam Wyandotte Egg, Store bought Grade AA Large
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/30249_eggs.jpg

Bantam: Blue Wheaten OE, Brassy Back OE, Birchen OE, Brown Red OE, Opal OE, Porcelian OE, Columbian OE  NPIP# 3-125

http://www.twinlakespoultry.com
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Bantam: Blue Wheaten OE, Brassy Back OE, Birchen OE, Brown Red OE, Opal OE, Porcelian OE, Columbian OE  NPIP# 3-125

http://www.twinlakespoultry.com
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post #5 of 21
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Originally Posted by sjarvis00 

Here is proof against that assumption..
From Left to right, Bantam Cochin Egg, Bantam Wyandotte Egg, Store bought Grade AA Large
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/30249_eggs.jpg


Cool, thanks for the picture!

However, that egg from the Bantam Wyandotte is only a medium size, not a large egg.
How big is a Bantam Wyandotte?  I haven't been able to find a description of that breed, all I can find is info on the standard Wyandotte.

Editted for spelling errors ...


Edited by wyoDreamer - 10/14/11 at 9:42am
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Originally Posted by wyoDreamer 
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Originally Posted by sjarvis00 

Here is proof against that assumption..
From Left to right, Bantam Cochin Egg, Bantam Wyandotte Egg, Store bought Grade AA Large
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/30249_eggs.jpg


Cool, thanks for the picture!

However, that egg from the Bantam Wyandotte is only a medium size, not a large egg.
How big is a Bantam Wyandotte?  I haven't been able to find a description of that breed, all I can find is info on the standard Wyandotte.

Editted for spelling errors ...


about 1/3 the size of the LF.
the Bantam wyandotte may only lay a medium egg, but the one next to it was as stated a store bought AA Large very little size difference. I can easily live with a medium egg, 5 days a week from each hen on leass than 4 lbs of feed a week for 7 birds.

Bantam: Blue Wheaten OE, Brassy Back OE, Birchen OE, Brown Red OE, Opal OE, Porcelian OE, Columbian OE  NPIP# 3-125

http://www.twinlakespoultry.com
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Bantam: Blue Wheaten OE, Brassy Back OE, Birchen OE, Brown Red OE, Opal OE, Porcelian OE, Columbian OE  NPIP# 3-125

http://www.twinlakespoultry.com
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post #7 of 21
Thread Starter 

Exactly what I was looking for! I was looking at Ideal Hatchery. They have quite a variety of bantam breeds. I was considering the bantam wynadotte, along with RIR, NH, Leghorn. Any other good bantam egglayer breeds with larger than normal eggs for their size?
I have OEGBs for my bantam breed. Good layers but tiny eggs. Looking for some bantams with larger eggs like the wynadottes. Surely there are more? How are the bantam brahmas? I'm steering away from bantam cochins, concerned they won't do well in the heat, plus too broody.

OEGBs, Three Egyptian Fayoumis, Two Silver Leghorns, 2 Sicilian Buttercups, 2 Golden Penciled Hamburgs, EEs,production reds, Cornish Xs and red broilers,a Doberman, a teenaged chihuahua and a papillon, one TB gelding (rescue), and my matriarch Paint mare with her daughter and son (gelding), plus one wonderful husband who puts up with me
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OEGBs, Three Egyptian Fayoumis, Two Silver Leghorns, 2 Sicilian Buttercups, 2 Golden Penciled Hamburgs, EEs,production reds, Cornish Xs and red broilers,a Doberman, a teenaged chihuahua and a papillon, one TB gelding (rescue), and my matriarch Paint mare with her daughter and son (gelding), plus one wonderful husband who puts up with me
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post #8 of 21

Tracydr, you might be interested in Norwegian Jaerhons. They are between a standard chicken and a bantam and they lay a large white/tinted egg. They are quiet and friendly birds that lay 5-7 eggs a week. The descriptions say they are great fliers and foragers but don't mind confinement as long as they have adequate room. They're from Norway so they are cold hardy however, they never missed a day of laying due the rather hot weather we had this summer. I have four young hens and really enjoy them.


Edited by aurissavannahs - 10/14/11 at 3:28pm

Hatching eggs: Norwegian Jaerhon and Easter Egger x Olive Egger. Horses: Paints, Dartmoor, Dartmoor Sport Ponies, Goats: Nubians, Dogs: Plott Hound, English Springer Spaniel, Norwegian Elkhound, Great Pyrenees, Cats: Savannahs. barn cats

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Hatching eggs: Norwegian Jaerhon and Easter Egger x Olive Egger. Horses: Paints, Dartmoor, Dartmoor Sport Ponies, Goats: Nubians, Dogs: Plott Hound, English Springer Spaniel, Norwegian Elkhound, Great Pyrenees, Cats: Savannahs. barn cats

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post #9 of 21

In my experience, some of the Bantam Orpingtons lay a decent sized egg.

Michelle in WV ~"Around the Bend Farm"
Partridge Silkies ~ ASBC and ABA Member ~
Living life one day at a time, with a patient husband who tolerates the chicken madness
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Michelle in WV ~"Around the Bend Farm"
Partridge Silkies ~ ASBC and ABA Member ~
Living life one day at a time, with a patient husband who tolerates the chicken madness
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post #10 of 21

My bantam cochins lay a decent sized egg and lay year round. Some bantam breeds only lay in the spring and early summer.  My cochins are winter hardy and very docile...

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No matter how much we push the envelope it is still stationary......
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