Can people share their experiences with bantams and laying? I am posting this knowing that bantams are not egg laying machines, but most IME most breeds lay eggs about 1/2-2/3 the size of LF and yet are only 1/4-1/3 the size of them. Plus, I like the taste better because they have larger yolks, percentage wise. And they often make better/more interesting pets. Please answer the following: Breed: How many hens of that breed have you owned? How many eggs a week? How big of eggs? How well do they lay in winter? How often did they go broody? (thus halting egg production) Hardiness: (sick chickens don't produce well) Personality? (just for fun, and because most people who want banties to lay well, want them as pets!) I am interested in this because in my city you can have 8 bantams (birds under 8in) but only 4 LF, so I am probably going to do all banties. I will for sure be doing D'Uccles. The other breeds I am considering are: D'Anver, Oldandsk dwarfs, Pyncheon, RIR bantams, Barred Rock bantam, Brahma bantam, and EE bantam. (I suppose I should consider Buff Orpington and Wyandotte bantams as well, but I am not a fan of either of these as LF. They were never very tame for me - calm and docile, but aloof.) For reference I will either be ordering from Cackle hatchery or Strombergs. D'Anver look super cute, and sweet, but I've heard they are just ok layers. Olandsk look great, but are so rare I don't think I'd b able to locate anything but hatching eggs and I have no incubator. Plus, I would feel bad having so rare a breed without breeding them, and I can't do that in the city. Pyncheon bantams also look great except they tend to go broody apparently, and I'm leaning toward Cackle hatchery, which doesn't have them. Between the RIR, and BR bantams its a toss up, both look like they'd be nice and good producers, but I've never had them. I love standard Brahmas, but I don't know how well the banties lay, and I like EEs, but at least in LF my experiences have been mixed, both in personality and laying. I don't like that unpredictability. Of course there are differences between birds of the same breed, but it is more pronounced in EEs. I will post in a separate post my experiences with the bantam breeds I have owned.