I have nine pekin bantams, 1 year old. They have been providing 6-8 eggs a day for the past month. During the winter they produced 3-4 eggs daily. They started laying even before the ISA browns at about 19 weeks.
They also go broody quite easily. It is just coming into spring here, so I expected an upturn in egg production. They seemed to be more broody in the fall. The general thought is that pekins don't lay very well, but mine sure do! Maybe you just have to keep them happy. They have very sweet dispositions and tame easily. Mine come running whenever anyone is in the yard. Flying drumsticks!
We got two young pekin bantams from a breeder in February. We found one dead after about six weeks and the other one died this morning. We noticed nothing wrong previously, we were paying special attention to the last one and she always came up and ate when we fed out, free ranged, in a mixed flock, not the bottom of the pecking order.....I have no idea why we have had such a bad time with this breed, all the others are just fine. I would welcome any ideas??