To get right to the rat killing, my wife keeps some chickens around, they free range around the barn and such. I want my own chickens though, Bantams, and I want them in a tractor I'm in the process of building. Although I know the breed is not well known for laying, I want these especially for that purpose. Her chickens keep us in breakfast eggs, but I want the small eggs for pickling, the smaller the better. I used to pickle quail eggs but they are SO small they are a pain to process. There is a chicken auction I am going to tomorrow, and I'm wondering if I should try to purchase a specific type of bantam or should I just go with whatever kind is available and see how they work out? I read one post where the person said the best laying Bantams they had were "mutt" bantams bought from Southern States. I'm as new to all this as can be so your opinions and advice are especially appreciated! Thanks!