Having INCREDIBLY hard time finding bantams. Tips?

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  1. BackyardBantams

    BackyardBantams Out Of The Brooder

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    So I've been looking for some egg laying bantams (currently have two, RIR and Barred Rock. They lay on alternating days so I get an egg every day.) for almost 3 months. All I've been able to find are silkies, silkies, and more silkies. And when I ask people who raise chickens in general, I always get the, "You're stupid if you think you're going to get eggs from bantams. They only lay about 50 eggs a year." I've had my two girls for about 4 months and have gotten more than 50 eggs from the RIR already.... I live in Raleigh, North Carolina. If anyone knows anything about any bantam breeders or chicken farms that may have bantams or ANYTHING, I would really appreciate a heads up. Cause this search is getting FRUSTRATING.

    You can either just reply here or send me an email.

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    Oh btw, the Barred Rock just started laying last week. I was so excited!
     
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  2. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have bantam cochins and they lay about 4-5 eggs a week. [​IMG] They are a good size, too!
     
  3. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Bantams do lay eggs pretty regularly, though almost all of mine quit for the winter. One reason why someone might think that they don't lay much is because they tend to go broody more often than their LF counterparts. A broody hen doesn't lay eggs [​IMG]
     
  4. jeslewmazer

    jeslewmazer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got my bantams from Ideal Poultry, but I have seen some BYCers put some bantam hatching eggs in auctions. Also have seen hatching eggs through eBay. I Guess it would depend on the time of year and where you live. My bantams are OEGB and they tend to me seasonal layer. Some breeds are more towards production, but I think most are breed for exhibition and hobby.
     
  5. HappyChickenLover

    HappyChickenLover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Get welsummer bantams they lay like sex links
     
  6. BackyardBantams

    BackyardBantams Out Of The Brooder

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    I've seen a couple of things around for cochins. Do they lay through the winter?
     
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Mine don't, not much anyway. I don't think I have any bantams who do.
    You could always get some LF OEG hens, they lay (and brood, and hatch, and...) all year round, they aren't humongous hens either, so won't eat you out of your life savings!
     
  8. luckypickens

    luckypickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:My cochin bantams lay great all winter, but I keep lights on them just like I do my big layers. I love them!
     
  9. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Quote:My cochin bantams lay great all winter, but I keep lights on them just like I do my big layers. I love them!

    I don't keep lights on anything, but my OEG still lay like crazy birds all winter long. I've had several hatch chicks in the middle of January, they don't really care about the 'seasons' [​IMG]
     
  10. 6chickens in St. Charles

    6chickens in St. Charles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Am I lucky? These girls
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    Lay these eggs:
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    they are tiny little bantam Rosecomb/Silkie crosses. From 6 laying hens I have 3 to 6 eggs per day. I am lucky. Here's a new one on my shoulder, so you can see their size
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    But the eggs are pretty much average eggs, its a little shocking to think those teensy little chickens produce regular eggs, but they do. Just, not HUGE eggs. Average to medium eggs.

    I really hope you can find what you're looking for. I wonder if mine lay a lot because they're crosses? Not purebreds?
     

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