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Can Bantam Roosters Breed with standard size Hens.

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I guess I'm not in a rush for an answer to my question, my little flock is only a week old today. I have 6 straight run bantams and 6 brown egg laying pullets. Next year if I get a rooster and pullets in the bantam flock I want to by a small incubator and try hatching some eggs. Because of the size difference in the birds I was wondering if it is possible for a bantam rooster to breed a standard size pullet. Has anyone   had experience with this? D

If you would like to see a short video and some photos of my little, flock, taken today, please follow this link:

http://youtu.be/_LNYtkICYfg


Edited by Trekker - 5/29/11 at 4:18pm
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A banty rooster will try with all his might to mate a standard hen.  Whether he can actually make the connection to fertilize eggs is a whole 'nother question.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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Originally Posted by gritsar 

A banty rooster will try with all his might to mate a standard hen.  Whether he can actually make the connection to fertilize eggs is a whole 'nother question.


x2 My Old English Game Bantam rooster absolutely looooved my 2 Buff Orp hens (they were his favorites),  but the fertility wasn't very good in those eggs. A couple of the bantam hens sat on about 6 of the Orp eggs, and none hatched. I've cracked some that have been fertile in the past, though, so the rooster CAN fertilize the eggs, just not reliably. My Buff girls are with a standard sized rooster now, so any eggs I get from them in the future should be fertile.

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I know someone who has one of those little turken things, and he is breeding all of her big Brahma hens. Pretty amazing!


Edited by ranchhand - 5/29/11 at 5:29pm

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Don't get all your exercise leaping to conclusions!

Poultry- they may be your pets, they may be your hobby, they may be your livestock. But remember, if you fall down in the pen, unconscious? They WILL eat you.
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I know someone who has one of those little turken things, and he is breeding all of her big Brahma hens. Pretty amazing!


And he's gonna get his neck wrung if he doesn't knock it off!  rant

Impy the turken is a standard not a bantam, but he is still wayyyyy smaller than my brahma girls.

If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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If there ever comes a day when we can't be together keep me in your heart, I'll stay there forever - Winnie the Pooh
I'll never develop a thick skin.  Thick skin leads to a hard heart and I never want to be one of those people.
A slave to LF brahmas, seramas, cochins, sebrights, and call ducks.  R.I.P. Dragon, the crossbeak.  Thank you for teaching me so much about life.

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I have a 4 month old "standard" Phoenix roo that I'm raising to hang with the big girls. Right now, he has googly eyes  love for my 3 month old Light Sussex, who is 3x his size. I'm okay with him "trying" to fertilize the hens, as long as he's gentle, but I don't think I'll be hatching any weird Phoenix crosses. ep  I just want him for his protective tenacity, and his cute tail... LOL. wink


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Quote:
Originally Posted by Blue 
Quote:
Originally Posted by gritsar 

A banty rooster will try with all his might to mate a standard hen.  Whether he can actually make the connection to fertilize eggs is a whole 'nother question.


x2 My Old English Game Bantam rooster absolutely looooved my 2 Buff Orp hens (they were his favorites),  but the fertility wasn't very good in those eggs. A couple of the bantam hens sat on about 6 of the Orp eggs, and none hatched. I've cracked some that have been fertile in the past, though, so the rooster CAN fertilize the eggs, just not reliably. My Buff girls are with a standard sized rooster now, so any eggs I get from them in the future should be fertile.


Thanks it might depend on the size of the breeds I guess. Buffs are very large. I don't know what breeds I have yet or if I have roosters so I guess time will tell.

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It is funny to watch my silkie roos "At the morning rooster races".  The big girls (Speckled Sussex and not so big girls Blue Andalusians) run faster than the little guys so they rarely ever catch them in the am.  But the Silkies will dance  and flirt, and once in a while the SS will squat way down so the silkie can mount.  The funny part is when she decides all done and starts walking away with the silkie on her back.  When my first hatch is done, I'll know if they were successful or not.

Have lots of chickens, some where around 50.  Quit counting, numbers can be intimidating.  We have Naked Necks, Yellow Sex links and a few odds and ends, only 3 EE's left until new chicks this spring. Only other pets are 3 cats, 2 ancient ones and a youngster.  DH loves my chickens.
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Have lots of chickens, some where around 50.  Quit counting, numbers can be intimidating.  We have Naked Necks, Yellow Sex links and a few odds and ends, only 3 EE's left until new chicks this spring. Only other pets are 3 cats, 2 ancient ones and a youngster.  DH loves my chickens.
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Originally Posted by greenSearcher 

It is funny to watch my silkie roos "At the morning rooster races".  The big girls (Speckled Sussex and not so big girls Blue Andalusians) run faster than the little guys so they rarely ever catch them in the am.  But the Silkies will dance  and flirt, and once in a while the SS will squat way down so the silkie can mount.  The funny part is when she decides all done and starts walking away with the silkie on her back.  When my first hatch is done, I'll know if they were successful or not.


Thank you, i will be interested to know how your hatch goes.caf

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Originally Posted by Trekker 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Blue 
Quote:
Originally Posted by gritsar 

A banty rooster will try with all his might to mate a standard hen.  Whether he can actually make the connection to fertilize eggs is a whole 'nother question.


x2 My Old English Game Bantam rooster absolutely looooved my 2 Buff Orp hens (they were his favorites),  but the fertility wasn't very good in those eggs. A couple of the bantam hens sat on about 6 of the Orp eggs, and none hatched. I've cracked some that have been fertile in the past, though, so the rooster CAN fertilize the eggs, just not reliably. My Buff girls are with a standard sized rooster now, so any eggs I get from them in the future should be fertile.


Thanks it might depend on the size of the breeds I guess. Buffs are very large. I don't know what breeds I have yet or if I have roosters so I guess time will tell.


It was very funny when I first got my tiny OEGB rooster. He would catch one of the Buffs and then just stand up on her back looking all confused. He finally got a technique figured out, but apparently, it still needs some improvement. lol!

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