Hello!! This will be my second year raising chicks, and I am very excited. I have a few questions before the new babies get here, though, so I can be ready. It will still be a bit until I order them/pick them up, but still.
First off, I am planning on ordering mainly bantams this year - I am hoping for a couple of silkies, a polish, and maybe even a sultan bantam (or full size), as well as a standard size EE and MAYBE a marans, leghorn or mypetchicken's blue egg layer, but I don't want to crowd the coop/run too much, so we'll see.
Only two of these birds (red star and JG) were raised from chicks (got bad luck with straight run last year, LOL), the others were taken in later and are much more aloof.
I currently only have standard birds - a Red Star, Jersey Giant, Buff Brahma, Delaware, and EE. Their coop is about 5' x 4' or so, with a 20ft long run. I am also working on a small tractor like expansion for them to forage/browse.
Is there anything I will need to do once my bantams are ready to go into the coop, like an area only they can get into/a mini coop? I am planning on higher-up perches for the flying bantams so they can get away from the others if they'd like, but I can't really do that for the silkies. For the crested breeds, what special care advice do you have for them, or do you just treat them as you would a standard chicken? I haven't read that they need that much special care, but I want to check with those who have kept them.
Is there a special way to introduce the bantams to keep them safer from the larger birds? Or any advice you'd give for a first-time bantam keeper? This will also be my first time introducing young birds to older birds, so I'm a little nervous.