I love my banties, but they are free range. So every day is an Easter egg hunt. They are also experts at hiding their nests and showing up with chicks. Several years ago I got 62 surprise chicks. Which was fine. BUT 33 of them were roosters!!! Aaaagghhh, who needs 33 bantam roosters.
They are awesome moms. I have done the feed store chick switch, they raised them fine. Last year had one hatch out two Jersey Giant eggs (that's all she could cover) I haven't had to buy chickens (except for a new rooster for new blood) in years. Had this same bloodline for over 15 years. I have two more setting as well.
They are one of the smallest bantams, Old English Game. Their mother weighs a whopping 12 oz. and I can hold all 6 of those chicks in one hand.
They forage extremely well and fly like quail. For a bird that weighs less than a pound, they lay a 2 oz. egg. And they are entertaining as well.
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