Banties: Any ideas if any of the breeds really lay well?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Pink Delphinium, Feb 10, 2009.

  1. Pink Delphinium

    Pink Delphinium Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 19, 2009
    I've only had banties for setting. Can anyone recommend a good breed for laying?
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I like my light brahmas. They give me 5-6 a week each.
  3. Pink Delphinium

    Pink Delphinium Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 19, 2009
    I should clarify: I'm looking for a banty breed that lays well...are your Light Brahmas banty sized?
  4. THough1956

    THough1956 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Japanese Silkies, mine lay almost everyday all year. Decent size eggs also.
  5. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 9, 2008
    They have bantam laying breeds. I have only had the buff orpingtons, which I liked , but I have heard good things about the auracana (hatchery EE realy) being very producctive. I have also heard good things about the bantam barred rocks and rhode island reds. Everyone seems to agree the leghorns are good layers, but some say they are flighty. For laying purposes hatchery birds are often better because, although they don't usually meet the breed standard, they have been selected with frequency of lay and egg size in mind. Show birds are selected using more stringent criteria, and thus in those lines laying capabilities often suffer.
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2009
  6. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yes mine are bantys.
  7. farmgirlie1031

    farmgirlie1031 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
    I have several bantams. My bantams that lay really well are my Gold-Laced Cochins. I have 6 of those girls and get 5-6 eggs from them daily.
  8. Akane

    Akane Overrun With Chickens

    Jun 15, 2008
    My japanese bantams have all been laying pretty much daily since Dec. However I would look into banty versions of the standard layers. There are true bantams like japs that have no standard size version and then there are bantams that were bred from standards. They just selected for smaller size. The ones bred from the usual layer breeds might be some of your best bet for good egg laying and small size.
  9. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Same here. We've had our girl for almost two years and she lays almost every day. The eggs are super small, but four of them equal about the same as a regular sized egg. They never have blood spots or mean spots, too!
  10. Chicken Lil

    Chicken Lil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2008
    I have two Partridge Silkies, and get about 4 decent size eggs a week from each.


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