Bantams that lay large eggs

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Tracydr, Oct 13, 2011.

  1. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    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?
     
  2. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
     
  3. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
  4. sjarvis00

    sjarvis00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Shawnee, OKlahoma
    Quote:Here is proof against that assumption..
    From Left to right, Bantam Cochin Egg, Bantam Wyandotte Egg, Store bought Grade AA Large
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  5. wyoDreamer

    wyoDreamer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote: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.

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  6. sjarvis00

    sjarvis00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Shawnee, OKlahoma
    Quote: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.

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    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.
     
  7. Tracydr

    Tracydr Chillin' With My Peeps

    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.
     
  8. aurissavannahs

    aurissavannahs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
     
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  9. adkins90

    adkins90 Truly Obsessed...

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

    lilchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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