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I have 5 (5 week old) bantam chicks, recently discovered that 4 of them are little Roos. I'm going to have to rehome all but one.

What would you say is the sweetest breed of bantam rooster out of Blue D'Uccle, Porcelain D'Uccle, Millie Fleur D'Uccle, and Sebright?

Also, I want to get more bantams (hopefully pullets) would any of these Roos get along with little silkie girls?
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I have owned both Mille Fleur and Sebright hens, and they were quite sweet. But really all of my bantam roosters (Cochins, silkies, old english, and crosses) have been darling little fellows. They are not aggressive and take good care of their hens.

 

As for getting along, I have owned multiple breeds of bantams for years and they seem pretty non-discriminate in who they get along with. All breeds get along with all breeds from what I've seen. There is an obvious pecking order, but my frizzle cochins don't try and kill my silkies just because they are silkies. Does that make sense?

 

Also, are you planning on hatching any of the eggs? If so, I would pick the rooster that is closest to the size of the hens you will have to allow for easiest breeding and to prevent hatching problems. Good luck!

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I have owned both Mille Fleur and Sebright hens, and they were quite sweet. But really all of my bantam roosters (Cochins, silkies, old english, and crosses) have been darling little fellows. They are not aggressive and take good care of their hens.

As for getting along, I have owned multiple breeds of bantams for years and they seem pretty non-discriminate in who they get along with. All breeds get along with all breeds from what I've seen. There is an obvious pecking order, but my frizzle cochins don't try and kill my silkies just because they are silkies. Does that make sense?

Also, are you planning on hatching any of the eggs? If so, I would pick the rooster that is closest to the size of the hens you will have to allow for easiest breeding and to prevent hatching problems. Good luck!

Okay, thank you for the help. I'm so torn on which roo to keep. They're all fighting each other somuch right now, I hate it sad.png

My 1 little bantam pullet is supposed to be a partridge frizzle Cochin.... Not sure if she is going to end up 'frizzled' lol. Are you able to tell at 5 weeks old? The store I got her from told me she is a frizzle but her feathers look pretty normal to me. She just looks much fatter/fluffier than he others.

I was just wondering about the others being nice to silkies because I've heard that crested breeds tend to get picked on. So I wasn't sure if it'd be alright to get some silkies to go with the 1 roo I keep and my 1 frizzle Cochin pullet.
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They do not sell partridge frizzles at any store because they do not exist in the hatchery world. Frizzles only come in red, black, and white from hatcheries. Private breeders may have other colors but most stores don't source from local breeders.So she is most likely not a frizzle. Sorry! You can definitely tell by 5 weeks.

 

 

I had not heard that crested breeds get picked on more. If anything my silkies pick on everyone else! You may want to separate those roosters if they are fighting a lot to prevent injuries.

 

As long as you pay attention when you add the new chicks to the flock everyone should adjust well.

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They do not sell partridge frizzles at any store because they do not exist in the hatchery world. Frizzles only come in red, black, and white from hatcheries. Private breeders may have other colors but most stores don't source from local breeders.So she is most likely not a frizzle. Sorry! You can definitely tell by 5 weeks.


I had not heard that crested breeds get picked on more. If anything my silkies pick on everyone else! You may want to separate those roosters if they are fighting a lot to prevent injuries.

As long as you pay attention when you add the new chicks to the flock everyone should adjust well.

Awww, darn it!! We totally thought we had a frizzle. Stupid pet store people sad.png

I went to the store I got all my bantams from today to see if they would take some of the Roos or see if they knew anyone that would take them. The guy that sold them to me insisted that 5 weeks was too early to tell and suggested I wait longer. Like you said though, I'm worried about the fighting getting worse.

Haha, well that's good news! I'd love to get some silkies. They're the cutest little fluff balls☺️
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They sure are! We've been having tons of rain lately and the stupid birds are playing in the rain and they sure look pitiful sopping wet lol but I don't feel too sorry for them since they have a nice, warm coop to go into.

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