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bantam and standard question

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by thekid, Jul 1, 2011.

  1. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Will a bantam roo breed with standard hens? And if so how many hens could he keep fertile? Thankyou - Brian



    **** sorry if this is a stupid question [​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2011
  2. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    They can...although it is a lot more difficult for them....usually the hen will lay down on the ground for them.... (so depends to on if the hen wants to cooperate) [​IMG]

    as far as how many...not sure on those numbers....I have had one handle 6 B4.....but I don't know what their max is.
     
  3. Maximus

    Maximus Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes but I do not now the numbers.
     
  4. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does anyone know?
     
  5. thekid

    thekid Chillin' With My Peeps

    Somebody has to know.... Lol some awesome medium size. Would 1:10 work?
     
  6. Theapplechicks

    Theapplechicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    mine did! now we put some of the eggs under a broody hen and none were fertile but she was also a full size cochin and quite fluffy so I'm sure that didn't help, but boy did he try!
     
  7. mljohnson05

    mljohnson05 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 16, 2011
    Missouri
    Quote:Like I said earlier, I know they can do at least 6.....since they are smaller you don't want to push them to much...I am sure 10 would be ok.....
     
  8. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    A banty roo can mate standard hens, but your fertility will be hit and miss. Sometimes he'll get the job done (hit), sometimes he won't (miss).
     
  9. Chickie'sMoma

    Chickie'sMoma Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 21, 2009
    Rochester, NH
    i have a roo that is the product of a bantam Faverolles roo over a LF Cuckoo Marans hen! so it is possible to have it happen! i think my hens prefer a smaller roo instead of the 'big bully' roo that could hurt them!

    you can have many outcomes with the size of the grown chicks from this type of crossing. you could have small bantams, normal sized bantams, in-between size of bantam and LF, standard sized LF, and nearly giant LF! i also had a cochin (bantam) x EE (LF) that when he was 7 months old was at 10 lbs!

    i would suggest about 6 large hens for a bantam roo. it also depends on how 'busy' your roo may be with everyone in the flock. sometimes a roo favors one or two hens over a large group. you could always do artificial insemination if you want to be sure that the eggs from the crossing are going to be fertile.

    and, btw, the only 'dumb' question is the one not asked! this is a place of learning so go ahead and ask those questions!!!!
     
  10. KDailey

    KDailey Crazy Cochin Lady

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    Definately not a stupid question. I ordered a mix of standard and bantum chicks and I was wondering the exact same thing. lol
    I'm glad you asked
     

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