Keeping bantams for eggs?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by NewHopePoultry, Dec 30, 2010.

  1. NewHopePoultry

    NewHopePoultry Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 9, 2007
    Can bantams kept kept for eggs, or are the eggs too small?
  2. Chick_In_The_Burbs

    Chick_In_The_Burbs Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 26, 2010
    Western Washington
    I've heard of people keeping them for eggs. Usually for kids.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    The eggs are about half the size of a regular egg, for recipes. (Use two.)

    My bantams have just recently started laying. It is fun finding the small eggs. Some bantam breeds go broody a lot, so you might want to research that some before choosing a breed (they don't lay while they are broody).

    You can click on the "breeds" link and then select main breeds chart on this website, or you can visit this one:
    nice chart
  4. Qi Chicken

    Qi Chicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2009
    I think they are awesome and I think you could sell a ton of them for specialty devilled eggs and other eggy type appetizers.
  5. xyresicchick

    xyresicchick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 5, 2010
    Providence, RI
    I keep them for eggs. they are cute eggs.
  6. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    In my Barnyard Mix bantams (silkie/RIR and Silkie/GLW) I sell their eggs no problem I just spit between tiny warm brown eggs and huge blue eggs.
  7. lovinlife

    lovinlife Chillin' With My Peeps

    I originally thought my bantam hen wasn't worth much. Once she started consistently laying eggs, I thought I might just have to get more. I mainly use the eggs for scrambling at breakfast. It takes more, but they taste just as great.

    I like the idea of using them for deviled eggs. Bite sized!!! Great idea.

    I'll add a question: those of you who keep bantams for eggs, which breeds are good layers?
  8. imtc

    imtc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 30, 2008
    I have a little japanese Bantam girl and use her eggs all the time. They taste no different than the big girls so yes you absolutely can use them. I'd just do a 2 for 1 when cooking since they are smaller. My kids also LOVE them hard boiled (more a snack size and cute). Great for little deviled eggs too...look almost fancier since they are so cute and small. My silkies don't lay much bigger but they all get used as the large ones. Although my silkies tend to go broody quite often and for long periods of time my Japanese is not as often. [​IMG]
  9. KellyandKatie

    KellyandKatie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 29, 2007
    Kitsap County, WA
    banties eat less too- and mine are laying machines
    I have three banty mixes that lay an egg nearly every day, and they are older too
    I have a couple other banties that I still think are good enough layers, and again, they do not cost as much to feed as my big chow hounds

    some of my mixes go broody pretty often though, and my silkie is broody in the middle of winter right now
  10. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:My bantam EEs lay very well- this is my first year having them though.

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