should I get rid of my new Dutch Bantams?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Nigellas, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. Nigellas

    Nigellas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I need your advice - I'm feeling very conflicted... I recently got 3 Dutch Bantam hens - Being new at the chicken "thing", I didn't really know a whole lot about the breed before I bought them - I was just so excited to get my girls. The things is though - I really need chickens for eggs. That was the whole point of me getting into this.
    I've only had them a week, and I am already attached to them... But... I'm disappointed (with myself) that I bought chickens that really don't fit the egg-laying bill. I mean, in the week I've had them I have gotten one egg that was about 1/2 the size of a size small store egg. Not one per hen - ONE.

    So here's my question (and i know this is ultimately something that only I can decide, but I want to bounce my thoughts off of all of you...): Should I get rid of the 3 banties and get 2 or 3 full sized hens? Or should I keep the three tiny girls (and they are really small banties, by the way - one is about the size of a dove) and add one large girl (then I worry about them getting picked on or smooshed). Or do I suck it up and live with my bad decision?
    If it helps you answer, I don't have a lot of space to play with - the run is 8x4 (could be expanded to 12x4 in a pinch) and the coop is 4x4 - so i can't really add a ton more birds. Adding a second coop is also not an option.

    Thanks for your help with this. Y'all don't need to flame me and tell me how irresponsible I was not researching before I bought - I already feel that way 100% - I'm really feeling terrible for it already. [​IMG]



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  2. eggcochin_freak5

    eggcochin_freak5 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i for one love bantams....i could never get rid of them....but its really your choice...you could get 15 bucks at the least for one of those hens at the sale....bantams are sweet birds.....
     
  3. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    How many eggs do you eat a week?

    Henry
     
  4. Nigellas

    Nigellas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How many eggs do you eat a week?

    Maybe 6-8​
     
  5. hcammack

    hcammack Overrun With Chickens

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    I personally would keep the banties (they are kinda like pets now) I don't like banties and don't have any but you sound attached. Then I would get 2 sexlink hens that lay up a storm and you should have plenty of eggs [​IMG] just be careful with introductions.

    Henry
     
  6. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

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    As of now I have 3 twelve week old standards housed with 2 eleven week old bantams and they're all doing fine together. Maybe you could get a standard pullet who is younger than the bantams to add to the mix - ? [​IMG]
     
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  7. azelgin

    azelgin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't say for sure how they might do with a new hen. We have two that were raised with 24 big sisters (SL Wayondottes) and a couple of roos. Everybody gets along fine. They have learned to stay out of the way of danger from the big birds and roosters. Sure, they lay eggs slightly smaller than a golf ball, but they are the first to come see what you have for them when the treats come out and they give us an egg each, every day. So, maybe when all three of yours get going you'll have enough for at least one breakfast.
     
  8. dangerouschicken

    dangerouschicken Will Barter For Coffee

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    I wish I hadn't gotten rid of my banties, but only because they WERE egglaying machines (my big chooks won't lay!)....

    Henry's got some good advice, though.
     
  9. Nigellas

    Nigellas Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the ideas... Do you guys think I have enough space to add another (larger) chicken or two as sugested?
     
  10. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
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    I'm certainly no expert but if you enlarged it, I would think that it would be large enough for 1 standard and 3 bantams. Anyone else agree?
     

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