Adding Banty rooster to my flock

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

  1. wormy270

    wormy270 Out Of 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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

    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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