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Bantam and Standard chicks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Emoe, Feb 19, 2016.

  1. Emoe

    Emoe New Egg

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    I am ordering chicks and am getting some silkies and frizzles. Never had bantams before and was wonering how much smaller they will be as chicks. Would it help to get them a week or 2 earlier to give them a head start or will that make them aggressive towards the others when I get them?
     
  2. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    I raise Silkies and they are quite small. They are also usually quite docile by nature. I suggest what ever other breeds will be mixed with them be of a docile nature as well. also with Silkies make sure they don't get pecked in the head because some types of Silkies won't have a skull cap protecting their brain. ( usually high quality show strain) This will be a highly personal choice but I might let the Silkies get slightly larger before introduction of large birds. Also Silkies do not roost as large birds do so you might consider a separate sleeping area. I think it will be helpful that they will be chicks together. This April I will be getting barred rock chicks and I'm hoping they integrate with my Silkies. if they don't I might need to have separate arrangements for my small silkies. I hope this helps a bit. best of luck.
     
  3. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have brooded bantam with large breeds, they hold their own and do fine as young chicks aren't aggressive like older birds. Make sure you have enough room and enough feeders and waterers, I use a heat lamp, you might have trouble with the other types of brooder. I usually separate my bantam out at about 6-10 weeks, and integrate the group's into their separate flocks.
     

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