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Bantams that lay well?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Freeholder, Nov 29, 2009.

  1. Freeholder

    Freeholder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've been wondering what Bantams lay the best? I've always had large breeds, but have been considering Bantams -- but they would have to pay their way with eggs!

    Kathleen
     
  2. sloallie10

    sloallie10 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2008
    CA
    my friends hatchery quailty silkie actually lays pretty well!! her first egg was on friday and she has layed and egg everyday since (except one day). but still thats FABDABULOUS
     
  3. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    So far in my week and a half of bantam owning experiance I would say Faverolles are pretty good layers. Of the three laying age hens I am getting at least one egg a day with no supplemental light and they live in a chicken tractor. I bet Bantam Leghorns and RIR are good layers but I don't know.

    Good Luck,
    Henry
     
  4. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    I was just about to get on here and ask the same question! I was looking at getting some more standard size chickens but my husband just loves the bantams we have, so I was thinking maybe I should get some bantam chicks as well. I'll be interested to see what people have to say.
     
  5. Freeholder

    Freeholder Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a mentally handicapped DD who loves to watch the baby chicks in the brooder when we have some; I've been thinking about building sort of an aviary arrangement and putting some bantams in it for her to watch. If I could find bantams that lay really well, maybe I wouldn't need to keep the large chickens, too (although I sure like my Golden-laced Wyandottes).

    Kathleen
     
  6. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    Freeholder--There are bantam sized Wyandottes. You could switch to those if you want smaller chickens.
     
  7. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:I think Faverolles would be fantastic for that situation. They are the most docile and sweetest birds I have ever owned they are pretty much like companion animals and they don't mind being gently patted and touched as much as my other chickens. They are also pretty entertaining to watch. Also if you really want something cool for her to watch button quail are really good aviary birds. They are not sweet but they do lay tons of tiny quail eggs and zipp around busily all day.

    Good Luck,
    Henry
     
  8. Megs

    Megs Chillin' With My Peeps

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    my pq sebright bantams lay quite well, spring/summer i got almost an egg a day from 3 hens, then they stopped laying when the daylight hours got shorter and ive just gotten around to installing a light (heat bulb) about a moth ago so they are back up to almost an egg day each.

    i also have mille fleur d'uccle bantams and they are laying quite well to, almost an egg a day since i got them this summer!

    my cochin bantams and japanese bantams dont lay nearly as well.
     
    Last edited: Dec 6, 2009
  9. embkm

    embkm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I had bantams, my OEGBs laid very well. My hens were very sweet, the roos not so much. Hopefully this spring, I'll be getting a few banties too.
     
  10. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
    Alaska
    Button Quail are very cute to watch, can be raised inside the house in small flocks and not effect the air Quality.
    I used to raise them in 3'x4'x4' Homemade Cages with Cocktiels and Parakeets and Canaries in the top, button quails in the bottom....my grandson loved to watch them zip around.
     

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