Originally Posted by Nikki99
Well, yours are bigger then mine, hopefully my girls wont mind though. Our bigger boxes are 12x12x14. Most of the things I've read lead me to believe these will work fine but only time will tell. They haven't started laying yet so we shall see!
What do you mean by a "true" bantam breed? I'm a dog person so is "true" in the bird world like pure breed in the dog world? So what would the Cochin and Ameracauna Bantams be? Maybe like a designer breed? Lol. Like the Labradoodles?
It seems like it takes the Bantams longer to grow, my little ones seem like they've stopped growing but are still so tiny! My friends 1 yr old Cochin Bantam roo could swallow my two little ones, is this normal? I hope not because their small size sure makes them easy targets for my standard sized birds.
True bantam breeds have no standard counterparts. D'Anvers, Silkies.... what am I forgetting?....... these are all true bantams. Cochins, Wyandottes, etc. have a bantam version, but also have standard sizes as well, so are not considered "true" bantams, even though they are, well, truly bantam-sized. Same with your birds. We also have some bantam Wyandottes. Sweet! Even sweeter than the cochins. I really, really adore our little d'anvers. So energetic, intelligent and sweet. Cooper, the cockerel, is flighty but if can catch him he falls asleep in your hand (one hand is all you need--they are that tiny). This is the breed for our first fair. We have 2 pullets who are so, so calm and easygoing. They practically beg to be picked up and zzzzzzzz........
Yes, I've heard it can be tricky integrating the two sizes. Our current flock is mainly for fun and 4-H. Next year we'll get a batch of Orpingtons, a couple of cochins (full size) and brahmas, since both are so sweet. DD1 wants a white Plymouth Rock and dd2 wants another Silver-laced Wyandotte. No straight run. No more cockerels. Egg layers. Period. We'll see how the mixed sizes get along. It helps they have lots of space, and the little ones can reach very high places to get out of the way (not so much the cochins, though.)