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Standards and Bantams....please help!!!!

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So I've put my 15 hens (9wks old) and my 13 bantams (7wks old) out in the coop ( 10' x 10')on Wed. They have been kept in seperate brooders up until now. The Bantams are scared of the much bigger hens and pretty much huddle up in a corner which I don't like at all. They only seem to come out and eat etc. while we are in the coop. This morning, the bigger hens were pecking at the Bantams/chasing them pretty bad and I could tell they were stressed and scared. Is this situation going to get better with time??? I've read where lots of people keep Standards and Bantams together with no probs.
I'm finishing up my run which will be 10' x 20' and hopefully the birds can be free range during the times when I'm home all day. I just pray that they can all get along. I can't really divide the coop in two the way I designed it.
Thoughts????
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They will get over it. They're just establishing their pecking order. I have six bantams and five standards, with a rooster of each, and they live together peacefully in a 6x8 (although the roosters try to mess with each other's girls and I think its mainly to **** each other off) with 5 guineas. I can't remember how long it took mine to get alone. They were about the same in age with the same difference in ages when I got them, and I don't think it took more than a week.

Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Japanese, OEG, Sebright, Brahmn, d'Uccle, and EE bantams; and RIR, BR, and EEs, Golden Penciled Hamburg, EEs, Anconas, Bielefelders, Wheaten Marans, Speckled Sussex, and a surprise variety of bantams with breeds tbd!

 

16 guineas and 2 turkeys to round out the flock

 

Another victim of poultry math. Aiming for a "designer" flock and egg basket :)

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Perhaps provide the bantams with a bolt hole like a cardboard tunnel to run to when the standards get to be a bit too much for them? That way they can get some peace until it all gets worked out.
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