Do bantam breeds lay earlier than standard size chickens?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by kipper, Aug 21, 2010.

  1. kipper

    kipper Songster

    We have added d'Uccle and bantam Polish and to our existing flock. They seem to mature faster, do they also lay earlier than standard breeds?

  2. kipper

    kipper Songster

  3. TheMainException

    TheMainException Songster

    Jul 7, 2010
    Lebanon, PA
    Mine are getting pretty gosh darn old and haven't laid any eggs yet. I'd have to say that they are nearing six months, although I cannot be entirely sure. They may only be at the five month mark, but in any case, it doesn't seem to be that they are all that quick.
  4. kipper

    kipper Songster

  5. [​IMG] I got my bantams (ornamental) in late 2007. I got two hens and one rooster and seven little chicks from a lady trying to reduce her flock. The hens didn't lay an egg until they felt secure and had time to get to know their new home. But after they relaxed and had established a routine and after the little chicks grew enough to be independent, four of the hens began laying an egg a day. If they got frightened by something, even grandchildren chasing them, they would stop laying for weeks.
    Last edited: Aug 21, 2010
  6. Harrietsmum

    Harrietsmum Songster

    Aug 17, 2009
    Hamilton, New Zealand
    Mine started at about 18 weeks. They are good layers, but are just smaller versions of big breeds (bantamised) I do not know about true Bantams.


    Last edited: Aug 21, 2010
  7. scarletbaby

    scarletbaby In the Brooder

    May 23, 2010
    those are some pretty eggs up there [​IMG]. Cant wait for my babies to have their first eggs [​IMG]

  8. Ariel301

    Ariel301 Songster

    Nov 14, 2009
    Kingman Arizona
    Mine are 5 1/2 months old and nothing yet...while my 10 week old standard Plymouth Rocks are already starting to get pink in the face.
  9. silkydragon

    silkydragon Songster

    Nov 1, 2009
    ohio valley
    my bantys i got from ideal in feb have yet to start laying but my rir and broiler hens just started laying (only reason broilers arent butchered is becouse i thought they where bos and my mom wont let us get them butchered becouse our chickens are pets lol)
    my silkies i got in winter arent laying yet either but i got extremely unlucky 10/10 roos
  10. kipper

    kipper Songster

    Very pretty eggs!

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