Im pretty new to chickens but as far as I can tell there dont seem to be any good laying bantam hens. Is there a reason for this?? What I mean is, is there a reason it HAS to be this way? I know often smaller animals are more efficient (although more work because more animals) then larger ones at feed conversion. So it seems bantams that produce as well as the heavy egg producing large breeds would be perfect for a homestead set up. Either way I think Im going to try to breed them. I started a thread on breeding quiet roosters for suburban homesteaders also, and this thought goes along with that one. My situation is similar to such a person even though Im well outside of town and HOAs... Reason being there are just to many predators here. From mountain lions and coyotes and bobcats to hawks and such. So I might trial freeranging some birds but its unlikely to work well. So instead Im going to set them up a large area, and grow much of their food to bring them. So not terribly different then a person who lives in the subburbs and needs to cage their birds. whether growing or buying feed, using less is obviously a big plus, so if like other animals smaller often means more efficiency I would think a small bantam that lays eggs as well as some of the bigger breeds could be really neat. Or am I wrong? does such a breed already exist??? I think Im going to try it... I got the bantams in part because they will go broody and I dont NEED the incubator (although I have one) wih the heavy producing large breeds to keep production. I know if I DID end up with a good producing bantam it would likely be in part because I bred the broodiness out of them. But heck if I pulled it off and it WAS more efficient, keeping a mother line of bantams and a egg line would be easier then a bantam mother line, and full sized egg producers.. so what do you think???