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Best bantam layers?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by lceh, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. lceh

    lceh Songster

    Oct 15, 2008
    Central Virginia
    I'm planning to order my first chicks from Meyer this spring, and after much agonizing I think we'll get bantams, mostly because we can have 6 of those instead of 3 standards, plus they're a more manageable size for my first-grader, whose homeschool project this is. My question: which bantams are the best layers? DH really wants eggs out of this experiment, so I'm hoping we'll get the equivalent of a dozen standard eggs a week (maybe 1 1/2 or 2 dozen banty eggs?). Is this realistic? Which breeds should we be considering? I was thinking of Buff Brahma bantams and White Wyandotte bantams, but if anyone knows who the best producers are I'd appreciate it! If it matters, we live in Virginia (gardening zone 7). I've checked the Henderson chart, but I think the info. there is about standard breeds, and I wasn't sure if the same traits applied to the bantam varieties....

    Also if you have an opinion about Meyer's bantams I'd love to hear that too!
    Last edited: Jan 5, 2009

  2. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    Preety much ALL bantams lay like crazy! Just find a breed you like i usually get an egg a day from each of mine (in the summer at least)
  3. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Songster

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    Yep-- same for me. They lay littler eggs of course, but they lay really well. Bantams can sometimes be more broody though, so you gotta consider that too.
  4. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    I agree with the above poster. Since this is with a child in mind I think it is one of the times you might want to consider hatchery bantam aracauna/ameracauna birds (easter eggers) maybe from My Pet Chicken where you can get them as sexed (pullets only). They are true muts, not a real breed but are known for a mix of egg colors, lots of eggs, and a freindly disposition. They get a kind of bad rap because people buy them wanting a special rare breed and are dissapointed when they find they are a mix.

    They have LOTS of advantages though. Regular frequent laying even in winter, hardy, freindly and calm disposition, multi colored eggs, and they realy seem to shine as a children's backyard pet.
  5. davidb

    davidb Songster

    Dec 15, 2008
    north east Georgia
    Yep most banties are good layers
  6. Mrs.Puff

    Mrs.Puff Songster

    Apr 16, 2008
    Southern Iowa
    Yep-- I've got a couple EE's and they lay really well. Mine aren't especially friendly though. oh well.

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