After going and visiting Gryeyes last weekend, we fell in love with her little sebrights! (Her little rooster acted so big and bad a$$--he would get behind things and peer at us from behind and crow at us in a threatening way, all 8 inches of him... he was just so funny!). We are pretty much maxed out where we live and can't have more chickens, but you know how it is with chicken math... this venture that started out with "let's get 2 or 3 laying hens" has turned into 6 standard size chickens. We want more but don't think our backyard could support 3-4 more standard hens... but... we COULD support a few banties! (I try to think in terms of availability of leaves, bugs, etc., for all the girls.) So, I have a few queries for you banty-keepers: 1) If I got banties, would I have to keep them in a separate coop/run? 2) Do they lay eggs pretty regularly? If so, what breeds are the best layers? Even tiny eggs are yummy! 3) I've noticed that most people I've met with banties have them in pairs or trios, but I live near neighbors and have concerns regarding the noise of the little roosters and would prefer to stick with a hens-only flock for the time being (our move to the country hopefully will happen in a few months, but we are still not sure yet and waiting for word). I do eventually want to get roosters, but at the present time it's gonna be hens only. Is there a breed of bantam that does well in a hens-only flock, or do they do better in groups with a male? 4) If you are a keeper/lover of banties, please post your pics and information about them. We are leaning toward silver or gold sebrights, but I saw some little banty cochins that were too cute for words, and we've seen little banty buttercups that looked like little wind-up toy chickens and were just too cute! 5) Do bantams eat what standard-size chickens eat, or do they have special dietary needs? Thanks to all in advance!