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Okay here is what I thought. I have 10 regular mix of hens all really good size. They all are the same size as road island reds. I had 4 road island red roosters really big size, they were ripping out the hens feathers and skin. So I trade the 4 roosters for 5 small size Bantam roosters. This way I still have the eye in the sky protection and they can spot more predators because I can get more Bantam but they won't hurt my hens. Because my hens will lay the hammer down on a small rooster. I was saying 2 Bantam per regular rooster according to space and size in the coop.
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I found some flaws in my coop that i have been fixing . But i was thinking of getting a O shamo rooster
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Originally Posted by HoveyFarms View Post

Okay here is what I thought. I have 10 regular mix of hens all really good size. They all are the same size as road island reds. I had 4 road island red roosters really big size, they were ripping out the hens feathers and skin. So I trade the 4 roosters for 5 small size Bantam roosters. This way I still have the eye in the sky protection and they can spot more predators because I can get more Bantam but they won't hurt my hens. Because my hens will lay the hammer down on a small rooster. I was saying 2 Bantam per regular rooster according to space and size in the coop.

So one rooster for every two hens? I think bantam or not you are asking for a reduction in eggs due to overbreeding and arguments between all your roosters (and now possibly roosters and hens) as one can cover than many hens so it's doubtful the five of them are going to share them nicely between them and much more likely they will spend their time fighting for some which again will stress your hens. They will be so busy watching the other ones aren't stealing their hens they won't have time to watch the skies! I'd have kept one really nice large rooster and given him a nice relaxed, not overbred and stressed, flock so he could relax and concentrate on watching for predators. The damage from the large roosters was from trying to claim the hens in such a high rooster flock so every body would have been going them all the time. Chances are your bantams will get picked off first by predators though, being smaller they are a more attractive target, even a small goshawk can take a full grown one as we discovered sadly, so that may solve the numbers problem too.
Edited by appps - 1/1/16 at 1:12pm

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Aussie Mum to
our sizzle Al

our neurotic Partridge Silkie Penny

and our sweethearts the Salmon Favorelles girls, Colonel , Winry & Carl
And our big girls the Australorps, Pepper, Blackie and Tonio

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Thanks for the advice everyone .
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