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post #41 of 45
Recently acquired 3 bantam(2 roos and a hen) all now mixed in with my large flock. The two boys court the big girls all the time but it never goes further than that. Maybe when they get a little older. The hen however is constant harrassed by two ee cockerals who would absolutely crush her. Luckily my top roo and his 2nd in command put a cobash to any unwarranted sexual encounters between any of the flock.
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post #42 of 45
My large Lavender Ameraucana mated with my bantam d' uccle and she laid 12 fertile eggs but stopped sitting after 5 hatched. Guess she knew that they would be too much under her wings. Also it was a fall hatch so maybe she stopped due to the season change. Last batch was a full 12 hatched. Slightly smaller hens but definitely not bantams.
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My large Lavender Ameraucana mated with my bantam d' uccle and she laid 12 fertile eggs but stopped sitting after 5 hatched. Guess she knew that they would be too much under her wings. Also it was a fall hatch so maybe she stopped due to the season change. Last batch was a full 12 hatched. Slightly smaller hens but definitely not bantams.

You need to set all the eggs at once and mark them. Then check daily for any additions, and remove them. That way, they are all ready to hatch at once.

post #44 of 45
You are probably right. I never thought about it that way. These eggs were found in the woods under a pine tree that had fallen in a storm. So who knows when they were laid. This is my first year with a rooster so I am learning a lot. He actually came to me as a mail order fertile egg when one of my hens insisted on being broody. So far 3 successful hatching in 9 months. It does hurt me though to have the chicks I give away culled when there are too many roosters. I guess I am not a farmer yet.
post #45 of 45
Hatched out some bantams from my trio over the summer. Personally witnessed my young hona "get" the two new bantam hens, he's a bit smaller than my ameracuana but is quickly becoming the new second in my flock.

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