We've always had a soft spot in our poultry-raising hearts for bantam chickens. They eat less feed than standard sized breeds in proportion to the number of eggs they lay, and the fact that they often go broody and do a great job of raising their young is a real plus for us.
A year ago when we placed our order for some new chicks, we chose to include some bantams because our remaining bantam pair (one hen, one rooster) of Golden Laced Cochins was getting up in age. We've kinda lost track but we know our hen is either 5 or 6 years old.
Sad to say, the hatchery couldn't supply the ordered bantam chicks, but in late summer, our dear old bantam hen went broody and sat on five eggs. She succeeded in hatching out four of the eggs. The picture above shows two of the chicks when a day old (and obviously camera shy). Of the four chicks, glory be, they all turned out to be hens. (Now that's a ratio you don't often get!)
Those four little girls have grown to nearly full size (for bantams) and are starting to lay eggs. You all know pullet eggs start small and work up to a bigger size, but these eggs give new meaning to the word "small."
I wonder how many it would take to make an omelette for two people? I know they sure would look cute dyed and in an Easter basket, wouldn't they?
Our last Christmas gathering
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