Originally Posted by AnthNDacula
Beaver tail aside. Does anyone have an opinion about what bantam breed lays the most eggs. About 8 years ago someone dumped off a few bantams of unknown breeding on my farm, and while I had them I was getting $3/dozen for "cocktail eggs". Those birds eventually disappeared... probably due to a hungry hawk who just couldn't manage the standard girls. Now I've got a small fenced garden outside my Florida room and wouldn't mind some yard ornaments to go with the rose bushes... especially if they could generate some income. I love Sebrights but if I remember correctly they lay very few eggs. I've heard that White Faced Spanish bantams are good layers. Even Ameraucana bantams might work. The color would certainly add to their sales appeal. But I've got no idea how many eggs they lay. Chime in if you've got any ideas.
I can't speak to which may be the best, but I would recommend that if your goal is egg production that you stay away from the broodier breeds. My Silkie girl is an excellent layer until she goes broody, which happens consistently after she's been laying for only 5 weeks at a stretch. I know some people with bantam Cochins who have the same problem.
My EE pullets are supposed to be large breed but are all much smaller than the other large breeds I own. They're okay layers of colorful eggs. I'm getting about 3 eggs per week from each of them right now with no artificial light, and they began laying about 4-7 weeks ago.
My best "bantam" layer is my large fowl Barred Rock/Silkie cross. She's a little bigger than my Silkie hen, but much smaller than my Barred Rock girls, and averages 6 eggs per week, currently weighing about 1.45 ounces each after 5 weeks of laying, and again...no artificial light being used.