Bantams as Laying Hens

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Freeholder, Apr 8, 2011.

  1. Freeholder

    Freeholder Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2008
    Klamath County, OR
    I've been considering eventually getting some bantams, but needed to make sure they'd lay well enough to justify keeping them (no freeloaders around here!). I came across a couple of British books on Bantams at the library (how come most of the poultry books at the library were written in England?!?), and one of them had a chart in the back of it (these aren't all the breeds that were in the chart, I just copied the ones that I was interested in that lay well):

    Ancona 180-200 eggs/year, 1 oz. per egg
    Araucana (EE) 150-180/yr., 1 oz. per egg
    Brahma 190/yr., 1.2 oz. per egg
    La Fleche 200/yr., 1.6 oz. per egg
    New Hampshire 180/yr., 1.4 oz. per egg
    Orpington 160-180/yr., 1.2 oz. per egg
    Rhode Island 180/yr., 1.4 oz. per egg
    Sussex 150-180/yr., 1.4 oz. per egg
    Welsummer 180/yr., 1.6 oz. per egg
    Wyandotte 100-180/yr., 1.4 oz. per egg
    Polish (from a different book) just rated as excellent layers

    If and when I get bantams, I'll probably get some New Hampshires, since I like the standard-sized version.

    I've been asking for years here and there (and have seen other people asking, also) which bantams lay well enough to justify keeping them as laying hens, and never could get any useful answer, so I thought I'd post this here in case anyone else was interested. The book is Bantams: A Complete Pet Owner's Manual, by Helga Fritzsche, if anyone is interested. (And if anyone wants me to, I can copy more information from the chart.)


    I don't know if the strains of these breeds that we have in this country will be the same as the British strains.

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