Bantam rooster needs a friend

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickchockchip, Apr 12, 2016.

  1. chickchockchip

    chickchockchip Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 24, 2015
    Hey there,
    I have recently found a bantam rooster wandering around my neighbourhood and after ringing the vets, putting posters and ad's up for a lost rooster, having no reply we have decided to keep him as he is very pretty, friendly, small and only crows at 8-9 instead of 5-7.
    We have had chickens before in flocks of maybe 3-6 but only hens, this is our first time of having a rooster.
    The thing is that he is his own flock of 1 and much prefers trying to get inside to us for company instead of doing what normal chickens do ( scratching for food in the backyard, having dirt baths etc.)
    He loves nothing more than sitting on our laps and being cuddled but I fear he will be very lonely when the holidays finish and we are not here during the day.
    So I was thinking of getting a hen for company for him.
    Now I know all about chicken maths and how 10 hens to one chicken is the right amount but I thought that because he is quite small and friendly he couldn't do much harm.
    Obviously if he was a larger, more crow-ey , testosterone filled rooster I wouldn't put him with only one hen but in this case I think he is gentle enough to have only 1 or 2 companions.
    I was thinking maybe a silky or frizzle due to their size (he's about the size of a silky if not a bit bigger)
    But yeah I just wanted to share to hear your opinions

    Last edited: Apr 12, 2016
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs I Wanna Be A Cowboy Premium Member

    Jul 16, 2015
    central Wisconsin
    Bantams roosters tend to be not as rambunctious as large fowl and can often be kept with less hens. You won't know until you try. Both silkies and frizzle cochins are more meek breeds, so if your rooster is gentle it should be okay.

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