"Good" egg laying bantam...anyone know of any?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Wokawidget, May 9, 2011.

  1. Wokawidget

    Wokawidget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,

    I have a Bantam Cochin, who is very friendly...but the much larger chickens can exclude her from things and she sits on her own, or with the ducks if they're not doing duck things.
    We've decided to get another bantam chicken to befriend the Cochin.

    Does anyone know of any good egg laying bantams? I know in general bantams are not very good at egg laying...but one that lays 80 eggs / yr is better than one that lays 10 / yr...since our primary reason of having chickens and ducks is eggs 1st...pets second.

    cheers,

    Woka
     
  2. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    I know you already have one but my bantam Cochins lay amazingly well. I'd say 2 eggs every three days -- if not more. [​IMG]
     
  3. zookeeper15133

    zookeeper15133 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My bantam cochins and silkies lay very well, when they are not broody!
     
  4. Madhouse Mumma

    Madhouse Mumma New Egg

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    I thought Bantams lay well and were good broody mothers?? Or is it different in the US? - their eggs are small so not as desirable as hen eggs. Incubated chicks are slightly less likely to be as good as mothers, but I think the egg laying 'force' is strong in bantams!! As for getting more- The more the merrier, as they say! I must admit I have seperated my bantams from general layer hens- the big girls tend to pick on the little ones!
     
  5. Wokawidget

    Wokawidget Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi,
    My Bantam Cochin lays pretty much the same..2 every 3 days...roughly...when she's not broody.
    We were looking at a Sebright...but I read that they only produce 60 eggs a year.
    We'd like a different chicken to a Cochin as we have one already, and each one of our critters is of a different make and model [​IMG]

    thanks

    Woka
     
  6. georgialee

    georgialee Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 9, 2009
    Knoxville, TN
    What about a bantam ee or ameraucana? Then you'll get some colored eggs [​IMG]
     
  7. Saltysteele

    Saltysteele Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine tend to pick on my banty, as well, but they also defend her. she is part of their family (sussex rooster and 3 hens, and little bridgette). if there is a thought of danger, the hens will gather and bridgette will dive under them and they're fine with it. i think they all claim her as a chick [​IMG]
     
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  8. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Bantam EEs lay amazingly well from my experience.
     
  9. augustmomx2

    augustmomx2 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 2 buff silkies and 2 mille fleur duccles and get on average 3 eggs per day from them [​IMG] They all lay very well and they are in their second year as well. They lay much better (on average) than my "layers." [​IMG]
     
  10. san415

    san415 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My seabright lays an egg just about every day. She is one of my best layers. I say "just about" every day, because I know she must have missed a few days? But I can't remember any days that she has not laid an egg. She is hard to keep in the chicken yard though.
     

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