Who stays.. Who goes..and a ? on bantam egg usage..

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chantald, Mar 26, 2009.

  1. chantald

    chantald Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thought I'd combine my questions.. this might be a bit long..

    I have a flock of 25 chickens (24 hens of various ages and breeds and 1 bantam rooster (well 2 but one is being rehomed))

    My coop is an 8x10 converted amish style shed that they have the full floor plan useage.. and a run that is about 8x12.

    Now.. this many chickens was fine and I felt comfortable with the number when they were free range all day. Circumstances have changed and I've had to keep them totally caged 100% of the time and this isnt' going to change anytime soon.

    I just don't feel comfortable with this many chickens in the space I have with no free range access.. I don't want to stress them out or create a situation in which they are unhappy. So 1/2 of them are being rehomed to a good friend who is starting her flock, this is happening in the next few days.

    I'm having a really hard time deciding who to let go.. [​IMG]

    Perhaps someone who is not emotionally invested in this can give me a reality check..

    I have:
    3 Australorp Hens that are 1 year old this month.
    1 RIR hen who is 1 year old next month
    1 Columbian who is 1 year old next month
    2 EE's who have a hatch date of July of last year
    2 RIRs who have a hatch date of November of last year
    1 EE with a hatch date of November of last year
    9 Bantams
    1 buff who "matches" the little buff rooster who is being rehomed
    2 seabrights (silver & gold)
    2 white and grey.. one 1/4 size and one 1/2 size (this one has no tail..??)
    1 all black
    1 english game
    1 all white
    1 fuzzy silkie who is always broody

    So.. Do I keep mostly full size hens? Do I keep mostly bantams? If I keep mostly bantams.. is there an issue with their eggs and using them in baking (ie since they are small is the ration of white to yolk different..??).

    I was thinking of keeping 4 full size hens and 4 bantams plus the bantam rooster.. that this would make a good sized flock for my space..

    My thoughts were:
    Columbian and oldest RIR because they are my kids favorites.. 1 new RIR and 1 new EE.. as they havent' started laying yet and this would "space out " my layers in age.. and then try and choose 4 bantams..which is hard because they are all so darn cute!

    This really shouldn't be so darn hard.. but it is... [​IMG]
  2. laurenlulu

    laurenlulu Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 5, 2009
    I dont have any experience with bantam eggs... yet... but from all I've read, they're actually better for baking, because of the higher yolk.

    I think you've got a good plan.
  3. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
    Hooker, OK
    eggs is eggs...never heard any difference in % of stuff. The only problem is you will need to either weigh or measure your eggs to get the right amount ustead of one egg...

    I like bantams myself...get to keep more in less space!!!

    In the end...leave the ones you can't catch
  4. chantald

    chantald Chillin' With My Peeps


    that's funny!!

    So.. the silkie is hanging me up.. keep her or farm her out.. all she does is sit on hay, trying to hatch it.. If I ever wanted to foster chicks.. she might do a good job.. but I'm not sure i'll be getting chicks anytime soon.. I'm trying to downsize!
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2009

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