Adding Banty rooster to my flock

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wormy270, Jun 8, 2010.

  1. wormy270

    wormy270 In the Brooder

    Jun 8, 2009
    Hey fellow chicken lovers. I have 7 full size hens right now. Some RI Reds and Buff Orpingtons with no rooster. Im thinking I would like to have a few Bantys. If I get a Banty rooster will he be trying to breed my full size hens? Or is it a bad idea to have a banty rooster with my girls. I would also like a few Banty hens. Thanks
  2. sandy sea

    sandy sea Songster

    Mar 19, 2008
    Gavilan Hills, CA
    Should be OK. I have standard hens and one standard rooster along with one banty rooster. The banty does not mate with my standards. I feel sad for him, but I do not want to get and banty hens.
  3. FireTigeris

    FireTigeris Tyger! Tyger! burning bright

    My silkie romances the standards no problem... hatched a pretty good batch, most standard, 3 banty. ( all the banties are from the GLW hen... I bet she carries banty)
  4. spook

    spook Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    North Central Florida
    I do have a girl that is product of a Bantam Cochin and a standard size EE, she is quite interesting. So yes, they will cross, but, I like a rooster with my girls and for the longest time I let them all live together in harmony.
    One thing I would recommend is to place a second feeder and waterer. The big girls can get territorial with their food and this gives them a better chance. Just keep track of feather condition on your little ones, I did have one hen that wanted to murder my little scooter! (I gave her away [​IMG] )
  5. mychickensrock

    mychickensrock Songster

    Oct 2, 2008
    Raleigh, NC
    We have a banty roo in our flock. He does mate with the standards. We have seen fertile eggs, but we have never tried to hatch any. He's a good little roo.
  6. schellie69

    schellie69 Songster

    Oct 8, 2009
    I have 3 bantam EE hens and 7 standard hens and 4 baby girls that will be standard size and have a bantam rooster and he does romance the standard girls just fine and I do have some fertilized eggs from the standard hen so he is getting things right. I think you should be fine it might take him a while to win the big girls over but they will like him and accept him mine do. good luck.

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