Smaller breed that will still lay a nice amount of eggs.

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by ethbarry, Jul 21, 2019.

  1. ethbarry

    ethbarry Chirping

    Jul 31, 2012
    Henderson TN

    Due to an answer about a large rooster and having bantam hens, I would like to post this update:

    I do have a large rooster at the moment and indeed, he probably would be too heavy for those smaller hens. I actually hadn’t thought about that.
    He’s the only young chicken/rooster I have. So he may still live/be around for a long time. He’s very sweet. Not a cuddler, but he has never attacked anyone in his life and you can walk right by him. He just gets out of the way. So no way he’s going to be rehomed or become dinner. So I guess I’ll just have to do with a young rooster, some old chickens and few eggs. I will just get them over to the newer smaller coop on the porch then. Give them a heating pad in their roosting area and give them a nice old day safe from predators. Aww, I would have loved so much to have a flock with young smaller chickens. Oh well. To ALL you chicken ladies: Thank you so much for your time and efforts. I hereby officially shut down my search for smaller chickens.

    Hi folks, perhaps someone knows the answer to this. At the moment I have some larger chickens. They’re older now and when they are no longer with us, I would love to have a coop with a small breed. BUT: I also want them to lay eggs. And of course not so small that they’re automatically going to be predator food. I do have 6 dogs but none of them are going after my regular chickens. (Labradors and mini dachshunds)
    So which is a smaller breed that still lay a nice amount of eggs? (and of course a terribly cute breed wouldn’t hurt either, LOL)
    I’m going to put this coop on my front porch and the chickens will be inside at night and free ranging during the day. Thanks for your help.
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2019
  2. Roo5

    Roo5 Songster

    Feb 17, 2019
    Welsummers or leghorns.Their on the smaller side and are prolific layers.
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  3. ChickNanny13

    ChickNanny13 Crossing the Road

    Jun 23, 2013
    The Big Island/Hawaii
    What breeds do you have now?
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  4. Elsveta641

    Elsveta641 Songster

    Sep 30, 2018
    Serama are tiny and lay well. And they're super cute. The eggs are just a bit bigger than quails eggs
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  5. ethbarry

    ethbarry Chirping

    Jul 31, 2012
    Henderson TN
    At the moment I only have 3 chickens and a rooster left. The rooster is an orpington mix.
    Chickens: 1 welsummer, 1 easter egger and a rhode island red mix.
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  6. ethbarry

    ethbarry Chirping

    Jul 31, 2012
    Henderson TN
    Thank you. I’ll look into them.
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  7. ethbarry

    ethbarry Chirping

    Jul 31, 2012
    Henderson TN
    How about silkies? They’re adorable. But do they thrive with all these feathers on their feet? Don’t they get infections and so? And do they lay eggs pretty well?
  8. sealer39

    sealer39 Songster

    Aug 3, 2013
    Pineville, Louisiana
    Based on my research, being that I have two daughters who want chickens that look like they are straight out of a Dr. Seuss book, is that the fluffy ornamental chickens are poor layers. There are some pretty small sized chickens like Campine, Spitzhauben, colored Leghorns, and some more that I’m forgetting right now that would produce well for you.
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  9. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. .....

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Leghorn and leghorn based birds are small bodied and productive.....Whiting true blue, Whiting true green, legbars, etc
  10. Percheron chick

    Percheron chick Crowing

    Apr 12, 2013
    Boulder, Colorado
    Silkies won't give you the eggs you want plus they go broody at the drop of the hat. X2 legorns. Hamburgs and brabanters have been good small bodied layers for me too.

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